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‘The Simpsons’ Hit #500 and Other Such Springfield Related Nonsense…

Episode 500 Review: This episode has an epic couch gag mashing up every bit they have ever done.   A fake nuclear war has been cooked up to keep the Simpsons away while the town votes on whether to ban them from Springfield.  In a good amount of self referential fun, the family is displaced to the “Outlands” and gets to meet ultra-cool guest star, Julian Assange.

Recent episodes have contained a good amount of Easter eggs to longtime fans of the show.  The amount of property damages that Bart and Homer’s escapades have cost the town is shown with images from Wild Barts Can’t Be Broken and Brother’s Little Helper (seasons 10 and 11 respectively).  By the way, Sideshow Mel has become a great voice amongst the townspeople.  He’s always hilarious and pithy.

I love Maggie’s Mad Max outfit and Marge’s concerns over her new friends in the Outlands.  “Two babies enter, one baby leaves.”  Marge and Homer have some great scenes breaking back into Springfield and continue to prove themselves as the only reason I have any faith in marriage.

For quite some time, The Simpsons have been lambasted as having fallen off from the heydays of the 90’s.  Many former Simpsons sycophants feel the show is no longer considered amongst the television elites and want Groening and Co. to end its historic run.  Opinions like this could not be more sinful towards Bart, and most who sprout these rants are no longer watching the show.

The Simpsons has developed such a diverse cast of characters and utilizes Springfield as a microcosm of the world in such a way that another 500 episodes should not be viewed as improbable, but rather desirous.  I will concede that the show does not write “touching” episodes as often as it did in its apex.  And it was in those “touching” episodes, where satire and sentiment perfectly fuse, that some of my favorite moments occurred (see Bart Sells His Soul and Mother Simpson, both season 7). But, since the show went HD (in season 20), it has been consistently creative and still delivers on the laughs. I entreat you, do not turn your back on the Church of Bart but return to the flock.

Favorite lines:

“You want I should spray some of my Jerk Off on you.”

“Manning up, manning up.  Ohhhh. Girling down, girling down.”

“You can’t leave society!  Humanity is on an inexorable upward march.  Or, at least was, until the year 2000.”

4 out of 5 bears 

And now for some The Simpsons news…

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The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 7 – “Pretty Much Dead Already”

RECAP AND REACTION: I still feel terrible for Rick. Even in the opening scene he looks somber and morose. I want to give him a hug and tell him everything is going to be okay. The first line in the episode: Glenn tells everyone that the barn is full of walkers. This obviously begins a fight. Shane says that the walkers need to be taken care of or they need to leave the land and head out. Sophia is still out there, dead or alive, and Carol and Daryl say that they cannot leave yet. Rick wants to wait to talk to Hershel because they are guests in his home and they cannot just kill his “sick” loved ones.

Rick goes to talk to Hershel and explains to him that the way they see walkers differs. Rick explains that the way the world is out there is not how Hershel saw it on TV when things first happened. He also tells Hershel that Lori is pregnant. Rick says that either they survive at the farm or they die out with the walkers.

Rick tells Shane that he talked to Hershel and that they are still negotiating. This is the first time that I have ever felt bad for Shane. Rick tells Shane that Lori is pregnant and Shane congratulates him. It is obvious that Shane is broken up by it. He doesn’t know that Rick knows about him and Lori. He clearly has questions.

Maggie pleads the group’s case when she overhears the conversation between Hershel and Rick. She told him that he has changed, and that he taught her differently. This conversation is interrupted and Hershel goes to get Rick for help. Two of the walkers who he knew got stuck in a local marsh. Hershel tells Rick that if his people are going to stay, he needs to treat the walkers like human beings.

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