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The problem with these political episodes is that they can be mildly amusing when done right, but become quite awful some years later, as was the case with "Bart-Mangled Banner". At least this time, the family didn't come back as immigrants after escaping from a prison that was long-since defunct.
The Falcon and the D'ohman (4.5/10) Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts (4.0/10) Treehouse of Horror XXII (1.0/10) Replacable You (3.5/10) The Food Wife (4.0/10) The Book Job (8.0/10) The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants (4.0/10) The Ten-Per-Cent Solution (4.5/10) Holidays of Future Passed (8.5/10) Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson (3.5/10) The D'oh-cial Network (2.5/10) Moe Goes From Rags to Riches (1.5/10) The Daughter Also Rises (5.0/10) At Long Last Leave (2.5/10) Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart (1.0/10) How I Wet Your Mother (4.0/10) Them, Robot (3.0/10) Beware My Cheating Bart (5.0/10) A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again (3.0/10) The Spy Who Learned Me (3.5/10) Ned 'N' Edna's Blend (5.5/10) Lisa Goes Gaga (1.0/10)
Well, that was pretty awful. I could write a longer review but basically we got Homer yelling at the audience during twenty minutes. The concept could have been developed in an amusing way, but it wasn't. People putting the gravy-boats on their heads was the only part I enjoyed because of the absurdity of it all. The concept of the fake dream would have been interesting if properly developed but the way it was done it was pretty unbelievable and didn't really bring anything to the episode in terms of character conflict or satire. Homer finds it was fake pretty soon and he wants to take 'revenge' on Lisa and his family because of that, but then he has moral problems and he can't cry in the program. Meh. We didn't need the fake dream for that.
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2/5. A few good jokes, and one interesting mistake/election prediction. Homer's "map" had Missouri as a blue state, and Indiana as a red state, but the opposite was true in the 2008 election. A mistake or some sort of prediction on the next election? All other states matched the 2008 election results.
By far the worst episode in series. Even worse then Elementary School Musical, although not as anoying. But not by much.
Hard to believe,.. but even I only gave this ep a 3/5
2/5 for me. That was really boring to watch. The only entertaining bit for me was the fake dream which wasn't done very well in my opinion but oh well.
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I finally watched this on Hulu and, I don't know, I didn't find it to be that bad. It might be my extreme dislike of the Tea Party movement that is fueling that sentiment.
This episode took what was the most interesting aspect of "Bart Mangled Banner" (the media coverage) and expounded on that. And, unlike "Bart Mangled Banner", I felt that this episode never got too over-the-top that it stopped feeling like a satire of the real world. Obviously, bringing in Ted Nugent as the endorsement is pretty over-the-top... But at the same time, you're parodying Tea Partiers who were urging Donald Trump to run for president. And were completely ready to vote for frickin' Herman Cain.
I have trouble criticizing how ridiculous the plot is because, sadly, the political environment really has become that ridiculous.
Unfortunately, as other people have pointed out, the fundamental problem with this episode concept is the fact that The Daily Show and especially Stephen Colbert has been aping this shtick for awhile now. So this episode does feel a little late to the party in that respect. I really did enjoy Homer's TV show segments he did... That whole gravy thing is indeed the kind of stupid rhetorical crap that Tea Partiers gobble up. It's just that others have made this point already repeatedly before, and arguably better than how this episode handled it.
It is what it is. Still enjoyable but just not as novel as I wish it were. That's the downside of the animation format, huh?
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Been catching up on episodes this season and finally caught this. Sorta shocked by all the low grades and I'm very much on the side of Jims with this (caught it on Hulu, too). And it somewhat feels like Bart Mangled Banner, but done much better.
Probably funnier than most episodes these days. Laughed out loud quite a bit, including the Homer football/soccer speech. As others say, it was pretty much Homer yelling at the screen, but that was kind of the point. Not every episode needs to rely on a strong emotional center or an innovative plot structure. Homer wasn't exactly likable, but who cares when the humor is timely, well-paced, and funny. I'll take it over forced emotion any day.
Also, Lisa wanting to pack all of Kurt Vonnegut's novels in the first act because they're all reference the others is probably the cleverest joke I've heard from this show in a while. Let's go B/B+, or 4/5
I know many bash this episode and do so with good reason.But I didnt find this episode to be bad.Yes it was really awfully excecuted and all over the place.But it was quite funny.I didnt even get some of the references but it was so over the top and the whole Homer Crying cracked me up.And I didnt even know it was a reference to Glenn Beck I thought it was just Scully Era Over the Top Homer who I much prefer over current Al Jean Bland "Paper Personality" Homer.
Not amazing or anything but I'd definitely would prefer these kind of episodes to the ones that just feel short and bland
I dont know if any of you Noticed but this episode had basically one act in its entirety not like the stupid 4 act system which just annoys me and makes the episode look so short.
So yeah 3/5 OK
This episode was so bad it gave me cancer, that's all I can say... just.. wooooow, that was bad!
The first 3 seconds of this episode were pretty good...other than that.....wow
Terrible. From beginning to the end. Actually, I don't think I even chuckled in this episode. The direction the plot was going was just boring in general.
In my head: "Really? Is this how it is??
I'd give it 1/5
Since I'm from Spain I'm probably not familiar enough with the satire, even though we hear about Tea Partiers in the news, but anyway, I think Homer SHOULD be at least somewhat likeable no matter the subject matter and there should be A REASON for Homer to act like that cause for all we know he is not very interested in politics. He has shown some conservative attitudes: homo-phobia being one of them but he kind of changed his opinion about that. On the other hand he was decided to vote for Obama and he hated George Bush Senior. Here he becomes a right-wing-extremist for very little reason and he is strangely devoted at that.
Homer-phobia also uses Homer for satire about a subject he had never talked about before but at least it did a better job explaining Homer's misguided opinion so the viewer could understand why he could have those prejudices (Moe and his other friends think like that, he thinks gay people may be a bad influence for Bart, he thinks having a gay friend makes him look 'gay', etc.) even if we didn't share his point of view. In this episode there is nothing like that. He has a bad experience in an airplane and BAM! he became an extremist.
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Wasn't too bad. The callback to The Republican Headquarters was amusing, but like most new episodes I've seen, it builds up to a point then crashes into a rushed ending. I also found the Gravy boat movement an amusing reference to the Tea party.
If nothing else, it will act as a reminder to watch Sideshow Bob Roberts in the near future(now that's political satire).
Last edited by Lionel Hutz; 04-01-2012 at 07:50 PM.
Okay, after I watched this episode, I was thinking, "What the hell was THAT?" This was one of those all-over-the-place episodes, where one thing leads to another thing that has nothing to do with the previous thing. And I must admit that I actually enjoyed it. The first two minutes until the Simpsons got on the plane were a bit weak, I will say, but everything past that was very funny. I loved the writers' constant stabs at the right, and Ted Nugent's cameo had me laughing a lot. I do have one more complaint, though: The scene before the last commercial break, the one where Lisa is at the kitchen table and protests Homer's endorsing of Nugent, didn't have much of a purpose. Scenes with Lisa talking to Homer like that are never funny. Someone should say to the writers, "Leave Lisa out of it and le
t Homer do his thing. Whatever Homer's doing is a hell of a lot funnier than what Lisa has to say." So this episode is certainly not a classic, but it's much, much better than the crap The Simpsons has put out there in recent years.
FINAL GRADE: B+
Good episode, I don't liked much the plot, overall 3.5 / 5 but as always rounding up, this time rounding down.
3/5 in the poll
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Where the fu*k is the zero option?
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This is one of the best episodes I have seen since Season 14. Seriously, it is wacky, has great satire on both sides of the political spectrum and Ted Nugent doing a duo with Homer at the end was hilarious.
What is it with you guys and hating fun episodes?
this constitutes a 'fun' episode?
i'd hate to see a not-fun episode
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