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    Rate and Review "Postcards from the Wedge" MABF04

    You know the drill.


    Well, ya'know if you stay positive and forget about trivial things like "proper characterization," "Satire," and "emotional depth" watching new Simpsons episodes can be a seemingly enjoyable lie.

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    m-e-h.

    i liked the idea of bart "pitting" homer and marge against each other, but that was like one act. then it turned into a mini marriage fight, and somewhere along the line it seemed like an episode of some 80's/90's show where the parents fight.

    this was too bland an episode for a review in the format i have been doing, i don't remember much. i liked the first act and some of the second but the rest fell apart. grade- C+ or so, very, very average with some laughs.

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    Meh, it didn't do much for me. I thought there were many funny gags and characterization was mostly good, but I didn't like the way the plot was handled. I also thought Lisa was a little annoying throughout and I didn't like how she got involved in Bart's plot. I also hated the ending. I thought it was unnecessary. I would have rather had it end with Bart hugging Homer and Marge. It seemed like it would end right there, but then it went to the bedroom scene. 3/5

    Man, I miss season 20

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    boring.
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    I liked the "House" Parody but other than that this episode was pretty
    "meh" for me. 2/5
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    Quote Originally Posted by D'ohmer View Post
    Man, I miss season 20
    me too... unless quality improves i think this season could be ranked as my new least favorite... i know recently i said i liked this season more then 20, but that feeling is gradually going away.

    oh and i find it convenient how we've had such crap episodes, weren't we promised that "The Best Was Yet to Come" at the end of Once Upon a Time In Springfield

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    Am I the only one getting sick of half of Homer's lines consisting of shouting/screaming, and the other half consisting of statements said in an exaggerated annoying tone?

    On the whole, an okay episode. It had some funny bits, like the Itchy & Scratchy short, but also quite a bit of stuff that dragged on, such as Martin explaining his model. There was also some filler. For example, when Skinner listed the types of assignments Bart was behing on. They have characters list things on a regular basis now, and usually it's not funny at all and just serves as filler.

    I wonder how much (if any) of the earthquake bit had to be removed?

    And before anyone asks (and someone eventually will), the writer was Brian Kelley and the director was Mark Kirkland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Miller View Post
    oh and i find it convenient how we've had such crap episodes, weren't we promised that "The Best Was Yet to Come" at the end of Once Upon a Time In Springfield
    I still stand by that statement.

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    Wow. Proof that not all Simpsons fans think alike. I love this ep! Simple, very classic plot. Kept things tied to home/work/school without resorting to wacky guest stars or crazy locals.

    5/5 lots of laughs. Subtle laughs, but laughs nonetheless.
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    oh and another small thing- i knew there was going to be a house parody, except i figured it would be homer as house in a whole episode

    but i didn't like that- changing the "H" to "M" isn't very clever and I didn't think the cartoon was funny as a whole.

    i guess i really outta reconsider watching this show for its "intelligent" humor...

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    As someone with half of my family living in Alabama, I find the 1/5 option offensive. Mississippians are far more retarded.

    Anyway, the episode--pretty much a standard Season 21 episode, which means I enjoyed it but didn't love it. Some of the jokes were slightly over-extended, and it didn't have as many good laughs as the last (fantastic) episode, but it certainly wasn't bad. The plot was certainly interesting, and Homer and Marge were handled quite well. The future video was also a good touch, and I enjoyed the callback over the credits (it's been awhile since they did something over the credits). Bart and Lisa were also perfectly in character (come on, D'ohmer, how was she annoying?) Actually destroying the school with no resolution was a bit too far, but hey, if they can move the whole fucking town they can make the school collapse with no visible repercussions. Anyway, to sum up--perfectly adequate mid-season filler. Probably won't remember it in a year, and I won't go out of my way to watch it, but I certainly won't change the channel if I see it on. 12/15

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    5/5 for the Jean era.

    The characterization was great, the jokes were solid, and it was a story with a pretty basic premise that worked well and proved to be more than the sum of its parts. This is likely the most well-rounded and down-to-earth characterization of Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa that we've seen in year. There's no one gag that really blew me away, but they kept me chuckling throughout and there was next to nothing cringeworthy (Wiggum's hug and Moe Express came close though). Do we know who wrote this episode. It felt very similar in tone to Matt Selman's "Oh Brother Where Bart Thou" which I consider the other major gem of Season 21. The Jetsons-inspired video was a lot of fun, and surprisingly, wasn't just a little one-off gag but actually fit organically into the resolution of the story. Just a well structured, funny episode with superb characterization. I have almost nothing but praise.
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    5/5
    The educational film about the retro future has shown me a new way of looking forward and backward simultaneously!
    Too much fun! This episode rocked hard!

    Whenever I close my eyes, I'll think of Milhouse and this episode!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Miller View Post
    oh and another small thing- i knew there was going to be a house parody, except i figured it would be homer as house in a whole episode

    but i didn't like that- changing the "H" to "M" isn't very clever and I didn't think the cartoon was funny as a whole.

    i guess i really outta reconsider watching this show for its "intelligent" humor...
    I'm more upset that they stole the idea from my script, The Longest School Yeear Ever, though I have to admit, I like this joke in this episode better than the one in my script

    PS: I'm not really upset
    I was just pointing that out.

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    Meh I just didn't like the ending is all.
    But yah Bart was in character, that I liked
    I'm going to give this one a 4/5, ending through off a point for me.

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    I'd give it somewhere between a 3.5 & 4 at this time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Miller View Post
    oh and another small thing- i knew there was going to be a house parody, except i figured it would be homer as house in a whole episode

    but i didn't like that- changing the "H" to "M" isn't very clever and I didn't think the cartoon was funny as a whole.
    It's fine that you didn't find the cartoon funny, but the part I bolded is just picking nits, IMO. What do you expect them to come up with for a House parody on Itchy and Scratchy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal View Post
    (come on, D'ohmer, how was she annoying?)
    I just thought her lines were annoying and I didn't like her tone of voice. I found these problems especially apparent in the end scene. I'm sorry to complain about this, it just bugged me throughout the episode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal View Post
    It's fine that you didn't find the cartoon funny, but the part I bolded is just picking nits, IMO. What do you expect them to come up with for a House parody on Itchy and Scratchy?
    i don't know, they could've made the title longer or something. and what, is the fact people were "expecting" it supposed to make it funnier?

    and besides, it's like people complaining about actual titles nowadays

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    SPOILERS

    The climax/resolution had things I really did not like (Bart wanting to destroy the school, the school actually being destroyed but not solely because of Bart's plot, Lisa not even being upset that her school was demolished), the rest was surprisingly entertaining with a simple good plot and some inspired jokes (tho they did not have as good timing as the jokes in Little Wife Hope)

    3.3/5


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    Not really digging this one on first pass...

    I'll reserve judgement until after a rewatch.

    How could a derelect subway cause so much damage?

    I really liked Moe Express.

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    I didn't mind this episode. I thought it was pretty funny and a decent story/premise. I'm gonna give it a 4/5

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    Loved this episode, 5 out of 5. Really, besides a few boring Homer/Subway gags this episode was excellent. Loved the Hummingbird prank and Martin receiving the giant "A" Overall, I'm surprised more people aren't comparing this to a "classic" episode because thats definitely the vibe I got from it.

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    Well, it's review time for "Postcards from the Wedge" and I'm on the internet within minutes expressing my meh-loncholy with the world....

    The future ain't what it used to be....at least that's what we see in the filmstrip about the zany, far out world of 1986 as seen by people of 1951(?) but, the real 1986 had Wang Chung and Level 42, so...uh whatever. Anyway, as the film ends, Bart (of course) realizes his homework isn't done. As usual, Martin plays the role of teacher's gimp by bringing an extremely over-the-top rendition of the Hopi Indian Peublo, which is the first drawn out joke....by the end of Martin's explanation of what the Hopi-thing does, I was surprised it didn't make Jamba Juice and have diarama casino.

    After halfassing the project, Edna is "shocked" that Bart hasn't finished his homework. Really? You mean she hasn't figured out Bart's a fuck up even after he most likely failed detention!? Maybe Edna's using disappearing ink in her gradebook, or maybe there's a hidden camera in the 4th grade classroom and she's just going through the motions of looking 'sad' and 'depressed.' Anyway, what was I saying....yeah, speaking of dissapearing ink, what about the academic alerts? Did Springfield's school budget cutbacks require one sheet of paper be sent home to warn of failure prove to much of a waste? I guess having three inches of the 'alerts' being sent home in the past didn't work, but a letter looks SO much more threatening! Hell, this is 2010 and even cartoons have E mail! Maybe someone should show Marge something called "Twitter."

    So, when Martin is in lockdown with the letter, Bart manages to get the fire alarm to ring with his eraser as he tries to stop Martin...who would've in all likelyhood paniced and proudly been the first child outside wanting praise. But forget that, Bart missed his chance to get the letter and is now making himself "ill" by both heating his ear and rear. Filled with chargrin, Bart's bound to get that letter! But does he? Nope, the episode still has about 12 minutes to go!

    Failing to get the letter, Bart tries to weasel his way out of his punishment, but Homer, in a sudden, murderous rage of caring, decides to take action against Bart, which leads to another run on joke...THE MISSED HOMEWORK! (cue shocking music!) So, for no credible reason, Homer is suddenly concerned with Bart's level of Homework, or is in actuality just a sadist who wants Bart to suffer with busywork...fuck you Mike Scully!

    Soon, we have another pointless joke of Homer making the dishes dirty. Ya'know, they could've had this scene with Bart admitting he did the dishes to get out of homework, but nope, this was a purely random filler scene. 'sigh'



    Now this is where this mess makes no sense: Marge has always been the caring one and she would be the parent that would be the most worried about Bart's successes and failures. AND being the smart parent, she would have enough sense to realize that hard work leads to success, right!? But she's being a "Homer" and Homer's suddenly so concerned (?) about Bart, but that makes no sense as we've seen Homer be nice to Bart when the pressures on. WTF is this shit!? Didn't Marge say in a recent episode that "actions have consequeneces" and not doing your homwork would lead to negative consequences? Out of the two parents, Marge would be the one to CARE.

    Again, Homer freaking out is indicative of a SMART father, and Homer ain't smart. Homer only cares about LOOKING smart and making Marge look wrong (as explained later). The only person who is even seemingly in charcter is Bart, and I wish Lisa would've pestered Marge into actually being tougher on Bart, then the story would've made a lick of sense! Don't give me the "It's a cartoon" bullshit, either...

    Now we come to the supposed crux of the plot--Bart tries to play off Homer and Marge against eachother....BUT, Bart's bad behavior would've had some weight to it if the adults weren't portrayed as being so fucking stupid!

    (note: the 'free wi-fi' sign was actually a LOL moment)

    At least this episode DID have a genuinely funny moment: the I&S show "Mouse" was actually the funniest few minutes in S21. All the bizzarro treatments to Scratchy were great.

    Back to the fodder...Again we have the 'caring' Homer and the 'caring' Marge arguing over Bart and his homework. At this point in their bickering, I was starting to wonder if Homer and Marge were just fucking with Bart and were at any moment going to just tell him "Smile, you're on candid camera!". Homer and Marge's bickering was so out of character, I thought was watching a parody of the Simpsons on Family Guy, minus a rape scene, but the joke stretching was pure FG.

    Oh, god...Mom and Dad are fighting again...at the Mall.

    Oh, god...Mom and Dad are fighting again...in the bedroom. , again.

    Oh, god...Mom and Dad are.....oh, fuck it.

    Hey, I see dead people!

    Wait, where was I...yeah, Homer was winning a fight by running over Marge with a float...and Marge was watching how Pattie and Selma are as Maggie is being warped, then all of sudden, Homer and Marge are hugging and making up and out in the middle of the street. Suddenly, Sons of Tucson is looking interesting.

    Mmm...breakfast in bed and suddenly Captain Jerkass decides Bart's used goods and lets him get away with whatever and his first act of brazeness is getting Principal Expository to be attack by hummingbirds. That was funny, but suddenly there's an underground subway and like "The Color Yellow" the main focus, Homer and Marge fighting over Bart's education, is now moot as Bart and Milouse are parading around the abandoned 'Subway.' Even as Bart admits his crimes, Homer and Marge have gone from being too out of character, to being out of character. Hell, they're not even out of character for Simpsons characters, they're out of character by generic adult standards.

    But when there's a letter admitting Bart's intentions of destroying the School surfaces, Homer and Marge suddenly CARE! I guess the concept of Bart failing, being held back, or any of the stuff that comes with a traditional failing wasn't enough to make them give a genuine shit. (Mabye they should've gave Bart some of that 3 layered gum).

    RUN ON JOKE: HOMER FINDS NICKEL.

    Of course it was unintentional humor, but being this is 2010, the year of the earthquake, the school is destroyed by an localized 'subway' quake. With the school destroyed, Homer and Marge suddenly realize they're Bart's parents (due to a lawsuit?) and hold him accountable for his behavior. If they did that 23 minutes ago, there wouldn't be much of an episode, I guess. But in one last, desperate twist, Lisa learns that Bart was the one who wrote the letter and the writers couldn't let Bart act in character, so they gave him so kind of PC, heartwarming gesture by admitting he likes being punished. Oh, please.

    2/5, again. I think voted a 3, though.
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    I'm... uh... I really enjoyed that.

    After a spontaneous 40-minute miniessaything on Bart Sells His Soul last night, I've been feeling particularly attached to the little psycho all day today, and this episode was... great. It was really great. Everyone was perfectly in character, the story had a natural flow to it and aside from a bit of end wackiness (and they could have done much worse. Not to defend this particular direction, really, although ultimately it made sense - more on that later - it definitely could have been far worse. At least it fit in with the plot instead of being completely out of left field like they've done before on what were perfectly fine episodes initially), it was funny, and I enjoyed just watching it. Some pretty good nice, clean, smooth animation; couldn't turn my eyes away. Just nice to watch.

    And another good use of a four act formula! It was a little staged in that aspect - Bart causes trouble, Homer and Marge fight, Homer and Marge make up, Bart acts out even further - it's too neat and easy and clean to divide up, like they were sitting in the writers room laying everything out specifically, blocking it together, but hey, at least it worked. And I'll forgive them for the extended jokes because at least the story was actually rather full, well-paced, and the opening credits were very, very short. ... Mouse did go on a little long but I thought it was really one of their better parodies and it slumped a little in the middle there but ended strongly and I didn't find it a weak pun; I mean, it's freaking Itchy & Scratchy.

    Great beginning and the future family stuff was hilarious; great callback at the end, too. I love Bart/Krabappel interactions and I do like seeing Bart being so conniving. It's not that he's dumb or unskilled, it's that he's bored and unmotivated and, really, it's understandable why. I'd have kind of liked to see Marge's point about it being a lot of homework expanded on a little but thinking about it, it was fine, and a fairly good basis for an argument. She's always been much more protective of Bart than Homer has, so their attitudes to him doing his homework made perfect sense and there was an organic conflict in there. Their fighting did go a little over the top but I can forgive it. This wasn't a wholly serious episode, it was mostly a fun one, and the serious parts were more where Bart was concerned. The episode is really from his perspective, so seeing Homer and Marge fight was played more for laughs. It did get too cartoony, especially with Homer involved, but ultimately, still fun to watch.

    (Oh, and before that - the sequence of Bart trying to beat his parents to the mail - fantastic. Love seeing what a mom Marge is, how Bart spends a sick day, his methods of making she he can stay at home, the fact that Homer's kind of proud of Bart for trying so hard at something, at least.)

    Cute sequence with Homer and Marge making up as well. "BDD" is fantastic. "Never go to bed angry" is a great phrase and their mutual desire to make up once they realized they were totally overreacting and worse things can happen was really sweet and was one of the better approaches at handling a marriage crisis (also, the First Husband to Win an Argument float? Also great). Wasn't a fan of Wiggum joining in for a hug but that's a silly thing to bitch about.

    Milhouse introducing Bart to the old subway system is the biggest hit to this episode, I feel. It just felt like an unnatural scene to me and it wasn't introduced all that smoothly. Still didn't mind it. It was getting progressively extreme but it didn't really hurt the episode (in introducing the subway I was actually initially reminded of the steam room from We're On the Road to D'ohwhere... and I actually do like that episode. So, uh). Homer and Marge's nonchalance was a little odd to see, but I can buy it in they're just happy to be back together and sick of Bart, and really, though it's bad parenting? Every now and then, it's hard to blame them. Plus it made for a good conclusion, one with down-to-earth themes with over-the-top action. Not as big a fan of the latter component but it worked that way because it had to be a little crazy in order to get their attention again.

    The swing bit with Bart and Nelson was really fantastic. A fun way of going about that scene (also kind of reminded me of the South Park parody in O Brother, Where Bart Thou? in that it's some of the kids talking about Bart's problem. It's nice to see them go about the scene with a little more gusto, though, than to just have them talking. ... The synchronized jump off the swing was funny and also reminded me of the Olympics and now I'm kind of sad because I miss those still). Not to mention a pretty heartfelt way of doing it. It's about attention for Bart, really, and it isn't fun getting away with crap and not getting punished for it. There's no recognition there and really, Bart's a rather theatrical person. To not get punished for a prank is like telling him that what he did was absolute crap and his life is essentially meaningless. No wonder he was feeling off and empty about it.

    Good god, I really loved Bart in this episode.

    I'll admit I'm gullible enough to think that Lisa had told her parents what Bart was planning to do, but that last scene was great. Bart didn't even look terribly miserable to be doing his homework, just bored but really? Happy. And it makes perfect sense that he told on himself (on that note, Homer getting the strength to stop the subway by imagining he's strangling Bart? Another good moment). So very fitting. And a nice way of revealing it as well, with the "elementary" thing, that was actually pretty well thought-out and easily believable.

    And because we always seem to have to talk about her now, Lisa. Was. Great. She was fantastic in this episode. After my rambling on Bart Sells His Soul last night, honestly, their relationship in this episode really reminded me of their relationship in that one. They're friends, and Lisa still wants the best for Bart, but they're rivals and they're going to snipe at each other. She gets in her digs and they weren't over the top or frustrating at all; really, Bart deserved them. And the ending was perfect, damnit. She's proud of him and he's happy and they're a great brother-sister team and this is the sort of thing I love to watch between them. They're close because they get each other. Lisa got Bart and it all worked out.

    So, um, yeah. ... Second really outstanding episode of the season for me, and both have been Bart-centric. The writers are really on with him right now. Loved it.


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    Turned out better than I expected. Some good story bits, including a good color scheme used for Skinner's hummingbird garden (that seems to be the show's only artistic strength these days), and Bart and Nelson on the swings. Interesting that Homer would support more homework instead of the opposite. I also loved the revelation of Springfield's abandoned subway system.

    My only problem is that they still have the habit of running good jokes into the ground.

    4.0/5

    As far as birthday episodes go ( ), this had an edge over Season 15's "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner", except for that ep's awesome couch gag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arii View Post
    Milhouse introducing Bart to the old subway system is the biggest hit to this episode, I feel. It just felt like an unnatural scene to me and it wasn't introduced all that smoothly. Still didn't mind it.
    Exactly. We go from Homer and Marge, both acting out of character, to a couple of kids 'discovering' a random subway system that's only 'covered' with some vines growing out of a sidewalk. Wow...um, what?

    So, uh). Homer and Marge's nonchalance was a little odd to see, but I can buy it in they're just happy to be back together and sick of Bart, and really, though it's bad parenting? Every now and then, it's hard to blame them. Plus it made for a good conclusion, one with down-to-earth themes with over-the-top action. Not as big a fan of the latter component but it worked that way because it had to be a little crazy in order to get their attention again.
    Homer and Marge's 'recoupling' was the story hitting a brick wall. I would've rather seen the two be in character, first and formost, and then their feud escalate into an all out parenting war. Instead, we had two, OOC parents throwing a hissy fit and then their conflict disappears and Bart's left to meander the last act of the episode just to set up something cartoonishly over the top. And no, I don't mean that was great idea, I see it as cop out when the writers have to quickly unpaint themselves out of a corner because the episode's time is almost up.


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    5/5!

    I thought this was a great episode overall. No gimmicky guest stars, an episode about Bart struggling to be in school. And I liked how Bart had written the letter to Homer and Marge about attempting to destroy the school just to get a "thrill" out of doing it.

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    Excellent characterizations - nonsensical plot + winning I&S parody - inconsistent & distracting animation = 3 out of 5

    Secondly, D'ohmer is OBSESSED with Lisa. She's all he thinks about when watching and talking about the show. If he really didn't care for her, he wouldn't even acknowledge her.

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    2/5 for me.

    Anyone cock an eyebrow when Lisa told Bart to think of Milhouse when Bart was getting a rectal thermometer?



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