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    Much funnier than THOHs nowadays.

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    some thoughts on this ep

    hex and the city: it's a mid segment. it's not astonishing. it's an adequate representation of a THOH segment. I can fathom it, but it's nothing special or something I look forward to. feels like a tolerable scully episode. it feels like they didn't excogitate this segment that much. just felt like they built on anything they could to the story. We haven't really had a splendiferous THOH since say... VII. so I didn't expect anything, but this just felt unsavoury. certainly not the worst, but not a THOH I would come back to. it doesn't really feel like a distinguishable THOH it can really just lump in with any season. if I had to describe this segment it would be "suitable' suitable as in it feels like a THOH just nothing astounding or worth coming back for. despite my negative thoughts on this segment. it had me laughing a few times, but overall it's just not memorable. my favorite THOH's are the elastic ones. not an uninspired slothful THOH. stupid title for a THOH too.

    house of whacks: as I think most people know, I have a delight for scully episodes that can make me laugh constantly. this is certainly one of them. I won't certainly glorify this segment as it still has it's fair share of problems that I will dispute later on, but let's focus on the positives right now. this feels like a eloquent portrayal of a THOH segment done well in the later seasons. the pacing is congenial, and feels thought out unlike hex and the city which has groggy pacing. it didn't actually bother me with their guest stars they certainly could've done worse. the episode starts off weirdly than most THOH's. I really like homer in this segment. he really feels like a big goofy oaf that I can just laugh at without having to cerebrate about it. maybe I was just in a good mood for this segment, but it is the most quotable and memorable segment of this THOH.

    wiz kids: the worst of this THOH. this just felt prosaic. unimaginative I wonder how they can make a segment of something so uneventful that I feel that none of the writer's read any of the books. there's like 1 or 2 jokes that I chuckled at. why did bart's character just change so sudden. it feels like a 2 minute segment that just builds on a pile of nothing. I really don't have much to say about this segment. just if your going to do a parody like this. at least try to make something of it.

    next review will be the parent rap, and then maybe all of s13.
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    I generally concur with your ranking of the segments here, particularly in regards to "House of Whacks" - whereas I harbour a mild disdain for the nonchalance and disinterest with which "Hex and the City" blows through the most potentially compelling aspects of its concept in favour of a malaise cartoon in which the writers almost appear to assume that showcasing the barest skeleton of the concept (yes, Bart has an elongated neck, but how does this reflect or accentuate any aspects of his characters beyond the obvious one-trick twist on the ye olde Homer strangulation gag) is substitution for legitimate narrative and atmospheric realization (essentially marginalizing the plot into a gimmick as opposed to the perversely unique distortions of OFF offered by the Halloween spectacles of old), alongside the sheer sloth of "Wiz Kids" (in which the focal 'parody' in question scarcely resembles or subverts the source material to the extent of effectively masquerading as 'Harry Potter' via only the flimsiest cosmetic pretenses), "Whacks" is arguably the sole segment of XII to actively pursue a focal concept and approach resembling (to some extent) the most effective 1990s segments: in essence, the concept of a silkily coercive HAL ersatz is actually implemented into an aspect of the show's normalized template (in this case, the garishly-coloured yet persistently stable mundanity of the Simpson household and the extent to which Marge is anchored to it) in a unique and (if inconsistently-written) eerie manner, resultantly enabling the segment to collide its abnormal elements with Marge's established role to yield a more atmospheric and investing disruption of the show's typical narrative and conceptual rhythms than merely lackadaisically inserting the equivalent of a Harry Potter logo onto the barest pretense of the show's typical comic routines.

    The THoH 'approach', at least in its most optimal and effective (pre-Scully) format, tends to reach its greatest heights through presenting unearthly or satirically eerie disruptions of a specific idiom governing the show's structure (with the bristling oddness of the juxtaposition often catalyzing that unique perturbing tone held by the likes of "Time and Punishment" and "Bad Dream House") and tonality before subsequently accentuating the perversity and consequences of its presence and impacts upon the characters in such a way to amplify and malleate the resultant distortion in the manner of an escalating macabre and anarchic nightmare - in essence, the greatest THoHs are essentially creatures of atmosphere and concept more than (necessarily) raw plotting, deliberately and pragmatically tainting the typical flippant discord of the show's setting and comedic tonality to present a form of unique Gothic caricature of the unnerving aspects underlying the mundanity of both the Simpson universe and the viewer's (thereby displaying the show's once-towering ability to mirror and scrutinize social reality, albeit in a different form from the typical 'classic' OFF episode), and, while "House of Whacks" falls short of these heights owing to its more glaring narrative faults (chiefly a mild overreliance on scatological/sexual gags and Homer's role eclipsing that of Marge during the climax to the effect of weakening her stakes in the narrative), it's certainly closer to this template than the dead air surrounding its runtime.

    On a related note, looking forward to your critique of the Jean era, particularly the much-maligned likes of "Brawl in the Family", otherwise an ominous trend-setter to an interminable run.
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    I hope that the Jean Era can have me staying in my chair, and not wondering around in boredom and ennui.



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