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.
“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