I just got done watching "Simpsoncalifblahblahblah" and
was disappointed to discover that it was the third subpar
"Simpsons" in a row. And here's my opinions why. Some of
these things are already familiar from countless recent
postings, but bear repeating.......
1) Jokes that go on too long
Like in "Mountain of Madness", Homer and Mr. Burns
speaking.... very.... slowly.... to stop further avalanches.
And in "Simpsoncali...", where Homer is shown thinking
about some ancient black and white cartoon. Funny for
the first few seconds, but overstayed its welcome. Showing
Homer humming along to the song in his head was overkill
2) Jokes that are EXPLAINED to me
This really got me angry during "Simpsoncali..." Two examples:
First, when "Krusty Komedy Klassic" spelled "KKK" on the set.
The writers could have just left it there and that would have been
a small subtle joke, but Krusty noticed it in a protracted way, and
gee, it turns out he's at the Apollo Theater and he gets pelted with
garbage. I dunno. It was a bit forced for my taste.
And not long after, Krusty does his "Mad About Shoe" sketch, and
gets pelted again. He then says "You're not gonna like our 'NYPD
Shoe' sketch." Okay, great. That's subtle and funny. End the
scene there. But noooo. Krusty then says "It's pretty much the
Yes, I know! I GET THE JOKE!
3) Too many songs
Nuff said. Let's have a string of episodes that don't include songs.
The ones in "Simpsoncali..." were okay, but song lyrics rarely come
across as being more funny than good dialogue could be. And please,
let's not end another episode with a song until next season at the
4) Shoehorning recurring characters into shows
Hey, I love Ned, Principal Skinner, Apu, Moleman, et al, but recent
episodes seem to try to give as many of them lines as humanly possible.
"Simpsoncali..." was an especially blatant example of this, particularly in the
one scene where everyone greets Sherry Bobbins. I was thinking, "Enough
already!" Perhaps I'm in the minority on this, but the reason I love so many of
the recurring characters is BECAUSE they are not featured often on the show.
The less often I see them, the more glad I am when they do turn up. Maybe
every third or fourth show would be better. Mind you, it wouldn't make the show
funnier, but it would keep it fresher.
5) Too many pop culture references
Whoever posted a message that included this complaint hit the nail on
the head. It IS like watching "Animaniacs" nowadays. And truly classic
comedy like "Monty Python" does avoid making such inevitably dated jokes.
So while "Reservoir Cats" was good, I could have done without Charles
Bronson on "Andy Griffith" (too absurd a situation to be hilarious-- still funny,
6) Changing characters' histories and natures
A la "Hurricane Neddy." This has been discussed many times. I often think
we fans take the characters more seriously than the show's ever-changing
stable of writers.
So, there you have it. Having said all that, though, I still have to say that "The
Simpsons" remains a good, if not great show. It's well worth watching just
for those few big laughs I always get. (In "Simpsoncali..." those would be
the B&W cartoon in Homer's head, Barney's near-operatic singing voice, and
Groundskeeper Willie's "Maniac" routine. All were inspired.)
Well, that's my two cents. I hope the writers can get it together and produce
something as good as "Springfield Files" or "El Viaje." Those are my picks
for the best of the season so far (but I missed the first three eps of the