Great one although it gets boring sometimes 4/5
5/5 One of the greatest of all time
3/5 Could have been better
1/5 Worst episode ever!
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Great one although it gets boring sometimes 4/5
4/5. It was pretty entertaining, I liked it.
Is a little boring, but the music references and seeing into homer's musical experiences was good enough to make it 4/5 or B+
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5/5, it was pretty good, the only joke i really didn't like was Rover Hendrix
This is a pretty lackluster "let's see how many celebrities we can cram in" episode with a weak plot. The premise - Homer realizes he's old and uncool - is interesting but not fully realized. There are some pretty funny moments (Sonic Youth stealing a watermelon from Peter Frampton's cooler, Cypress Hill and the orchestra, the opening with the bus) and great zingers at Generation X's expense, although Bart and Lisa have a severe case of "writer mouthpiece." Even though it's impossible to ignore its datedness, I like that it's very much about its era, which is something that's been lost.
2/5. Worst of Season 7.
Subpar and surreal for the classic era, but still a number of moments I quite like. High 3/5 or low 4/5, but I'll be generous and go with the latter. If this came out today I would be enthralled with it.
I think there is a lot of strong stuff. The passingof the time, the conflict between generations, the power of the music, the friendship,...wow very good and compelling episode
2/5 Didn't like it very much.
Meh. M-E-H-. Meh.
I don't know what it is about the episode but for me this is one of the least watchable episodes of the entire series.
5/5 for sure. The end was especially funny.
Not one of my more favourite season seven episodes but still a classic,3.9/5.
I liked most of the guest stars in this episode, and the teenagers swaying to Smashing Pumpkins' "Zero" made me laugh out loud.
That said, I wasn't too impressed with Bart and Lisa's characterization in this one. I realize that they had to view Homer as uncool for the episode to work, but it just put me off. High 3/5/Low 4/5.
Favourite/least favourite by seasons that I own (somewhat stolen from Financial Panther):
3 - Dog of Death/When Flanders Failed 4 - Lisa's First Word/So it's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show 5 - Secrets of a Successful Marriage/Bart's Inner Child 6 - And Maggie Makes Three/Another Simpsons Clip Show 7 - Marge Be Not Proud/Bart the Fink 8 - Homer's Phobia/The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase 9 - King of the Hill/Trash of the Titans 10 - Wild Barts Can't Be Broken/Maximum Homerdrive
I think I see some signs of the post-classic era coming in this episode -a slightly jerk-assish Homer goes off on a wacky adventure -but that doesn't detract from my enjoyment of this episode. The plot was a little thin but was still nevertheless relatively engaging, the characterization was done quite well and there were some good lines. And the underlying themes of the classic era-Homer's relationship with and love for his family -comes through in the story. I'd give this a 4/5
The rock 'n' roll stuff and the jokes on the expense of the Generation Xers were great and I still laugh at a lot of the stuff featured in the episode. It does trail off nearer the end, the Homer and Bart sentiments felt weak and the ending wasn't imaginative at all. 4/5
crap. I clicked 1 then submit accidentalness. Should be a 3.
Don't make me run! I'm full of chocolate!
Maybe it's because I like Sonic Youth and that whole "scene" (ugh), but I find this episode really enjoyable. It's got some great commentary on what's "hip" and Homer was in excellent character. It's also got some great jokes (Dude are you being sarcastic? I don't even know any more). Not a classic but just a really fun episode and I love the ending with the family in the car talking about how to be "cool".
B+ maybe higher.
EDIT: Okay, this wasn't as good as I remembered. I pretty much agree with Jamie on this one (apart from Bart and Lisa having a "severe" case of writer's mouthpiece), in that Homer not being cool isn't fully realised, nor is the "Bart looking up to Homer" plot either. A lot of time seems spent on musicians doing their thing, which gives the episode nice, unique vibe, but comes at the expense of a nice thick plot. That said I really like how it tackled something that hasn't been done before, or since, really. As Jamie said it's very much about its era, which almost gives it a nostalgic vibe even though I wasn't there. And whilst a lot of it is somewhat dated there are still elements of the plot that are still relevant and timeless, even today (the conversation at the end). So, even though it's not hugely funny and the plot could have been better, this episode gets a B for its unique vibe and subject matter which makes it almost refreshing to watch, in a way.
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Along with 'Bart the Fink' I agree it's the worst of Season 7...hence a 2.5/5 rating is disgracefully injustified. Fun episode, some good jokes and it never got boring. 4/5, 8/10 B+
Solid season 7 episode. Although 90's rock isn't really my scene, I really enjoyed the way the bands were used.
I don't understand the hate towards this episode, and Bart and Lisa's characterization. I thought it was a pretty accurate viewpoint (how many times have you been driving with someone and wanted to rip out their speakers, just so you wouldn't have to listen to their irritating music). It may be harsh, but it's true to life.
Homer: Everyone knows rock attained perfection in 1974. It's a scientific fact.
Grampa: What the hell are you two doing?
Barney: it's called rocking out.
Homer: You wouldn't understand Dad. You're not "with it".
Grampa: I used to be "with it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now what I'm "with" isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.
Lisa: Generation X may be shallow, but at least they have tolerance and respect for all people,
Homer: Hey, a freak show.
Bart: What's that smell?
Lisa: It smells like Ottos jacket.
Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins
Homer Simpson, smiling politely
Guy 1: Oh, here comes that cannonball guy. He's cool.
Guy 2: Are you being sarcastic, dude?
Guy 1: I don't even know anymore.
Bart: What religion are you?
Homer: You know, the one with all the well meaning rules, that don't work out in real life..uh..Christianity!
Roadie: Hello, Bands! Who was playing with the London Symphony Orchestra? Come on people, somebody ordered the London Symphony Orchestra, possibly while high. Cypress Hill, I'm looking in your direction.
Cypress Hill: Uh, yeah we think we did. Do you know Insane in the Brain?
Violinist: We mostly do classical, but we could give it a shot.
Highlights include the sunrise animation, Mississippi Queen, Suicide Notes formerly Good Vibrations, Dazed and Confused reference (quadraphonic sound, a waterbed, and strobe lighting), the "Karma" tip jar, Homer's funky strut, and Cypress Hill with London Symphony Orchestra.