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Vintage Reviews: S6E8 "Lisa On Ice"

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Lisa On Ice has been one of my favourites of S6 so far, and this review will thoroughly explain why:
Let's get started. Kent Brockman's News segment is amusing mainly because he acts like the Death Count meter being at '0' is something to be baffled by. Homer's quote "I like those odds" after hearing of the 75% chance of hilarity made me chuckle. Lisa hitting Bart in the face with a fridge snowball was kind of cruel, and I believe this helps start the tension between the two that's felt throughout the episode. Lisa getting reprimanded for failing gym (because she's the brainiac), and Bart being rewarded (because his failure is expected) really starts to kick off this battle for Homer's attention. When Bart sees Lisa truly become everything he is not, he becomes desperate and tries to do well in school, but this fails. This causes Bart to lash out at Lis' when she kicks Jimbo's ass. Lisa becoming more appreciated than Bart
makes for some hilarious moments, such as the scene where Homer tells off Bart for making him waste his time, but realises his mistake and
says "Eh, well, not wasted, uh, we, I love you...". Another memorable
quote from this point is Lisa's line "Ralph Wiggum lost his shin guard!
HACK THE BONE! HACK THE BONE!", showing just how dominant she
can be at Hockey. Things come to a head when Bart rips Mr.
Honeybunny (not realising it's his), and he and Lisa fight and start to
strangle each other. This exemplifies their sibling rivalry, and makes it
all the more memorable. Around this time comes one of my favourite
parts of the episode: Homer vs the blueberry pie. Just the way Marge
states "Now Homer, don't you eat this pie!" is hilarious because of the drawn out "pie". The sounds Homer makes from eating it solidifies this
as one of the funniest scenes in the entire episode. Next, the prison scene highlights Chief Wiggum's incompetence as an upholder of the
law. He just lets them out without any second thoughts! During the
final scene, Bart and Lisa's flashbacks are heartwarming, and serve to show that even though they may seem to hate each other, they have still helped one another through hard times. The final shot of the two skating together and being oblivious to the destruction in the background strengthens this fact. To close the summary, the hockey theme over the closing credits was a nice touch. Overall, a perfect 10/10 in my book; There wasn't anything I disliked about this episode.
Memorable Quotes:These are a nice addition to long reviews if you can provide them)[/B]
"Nice PJs, Simpson! Did your mommy buy them for you?"
"Of course she did, who else would have?"
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"This is Principal Skinner, your principal, with a message from the principal's office."
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"Me fail English? That's unpossible!"
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"If you lose, I'll kill you!" (Everyone laughs, then Homer stares angrily to indicate he's serious.)
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"Hey, way to knock out my teeth!"
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"I'm 64 grand in the hole! They're gonna take my THUMBS!"

This review is different from the last one, as everything everything I liked is in the review. Also, the quotes in the summary aren't included in the "Memorable Quotes" section because they were memorable enough to be mentioned in the main review.

Updated 11-17-2014 at 05:54 PM by pax

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  1. danintendolinux's Avatar
    Good review mate! :)
  2. pax's Avatar
    Thanks!
  3. pilcrow's Avatar
    Solid review. To be honest, I think this is one of Mike Scully's less funny outings as a writer (both of his other season 6 efforts, Lisa's Rival and Two Dozen and One Greyhounds, were funnier), but it is still very solid on the laughs. The buildup of the conflict between Bart and Lisa is indeed well-done, and that ending with Bart and Lisa skating away peacefully amid a highly contrasting riot is definitely beautiful. As for Homer's characterization, which you touched on in your review as a catalyst for Bart and Lisa's rivalry, I think his characterization was somewhat overdone in this episode. I understand that he's supposed to embody the "winning is everything" spirit, but he treads the border of being outright mean-spirited at times. It makes for some great humor (turning the lights on and off to force Lisa and Bart to fight), but perhaps it's too much.

    Looking forward to the next review!
  4. pax's Avatar
    I'm gonna do a S5 episode next. Which would you recommend?
  5. pilcrow's Avatar
    Two that come to mind are Cape Feare and Rosebud. They're both pretty polarizing in that a bunch of members here cite these episodes as either the best episode ever or the most overrated episode ever.
  6. Rembrandt Q. Einstein's Avatar
    Yeah, do Rosebud.
  7. BloodySimpsonChibi's Avatar
    Awesome Review! I love that episode!
  8. pax's Avatar
    It's kind of "meh" when it comes to describing what I liked about it.
  9. BloodySimpsonChibi's Avatar
    Still great review though
  10. pax's Avatar
    Thanks!
  11. pax's Avatar
    holy hell this review was awful
  12. BuyMyCereal's Avatar
    Still better than some of my reviews.
  13. OldSchoolerSimpsons's Avatar
    Your reviews are great, Cereal.

    This review is not bad either.

    Nothing is bad.
  14. BuyMyCereal's Avatar
    Emphasis on some of my reviews.
  15. pax's Avatar
    i mean, i just state the obvious without going into much detail. seems like it was written by a robot
  16. pax's Avatar
    "My first impression with Staind was their name and it immediately made me think of shit staind-underwear and I thought that the quality of this band would be in the same league of underwear with shit stains on it, but they really aren't that bad"

    haha
  17. BuyMyCereal's Avatar
    That wasn't a serious review at all and I was mainly cashing in on that whole Egg Council Creep review thread, but yeah that review was kind of cringey.
  18. pax's Avatar
    i thought that was pre funny tbh