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    Brockway

    North Haverbrook and Ogdenville are funny town names in this "plausible-yet-just-slightly-off" way but Brockway sounds so close to Broadway that it comes off as a cheap pun and I hate it, I hate it so much.

    What are some other small things from first decade simpsons that bug you?

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    The things that bug me about the Brockway scene are the facts that we never hear of that city again, yet Ogdenville and North Haverbrook have had many references. Also, those two cities seem to be near Springfield, but according to the map, Ogdenville looks to be in Arizona and Ogdenville in South Dakota. Of course, maybe Lanley just sucks at geography.

    A classic joke that, while it never bothered me, just didn’t really do much was the joke in Mr. Plow where Homer says “This old gal is as sure-footed as a mountain goat,” and then a mountain goat slips. Maybe that was a fresh joke in the olden days and I’m seeing it 2019, where that kind of joke is bland. So that could be some of it.
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    I would like to see Brockway at least once before the show ends. We've seen North Haverbrook and Ogdenville (the latter several times) so why leave the set incomplete?

    As for early things that never gelled with me, I'd say Smithers being a jerk towards Homer and sharing that with Mr. Burns; I always felt like Burns and Smithers should have different opinions on Homer (which I think changed around 'Blood Feud') so Smithers being kinda accepting of Homer and not really having any strong feelings one way or the other fit much better and made things more interesting.

    Also Jerkass Apu who used to shoot at people from the Kwik-E-Mart roof with a shotgun and celebrating Marge going to jail for making a simple mistake by looking like a mere shoplifter was something I never liked.
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    Lou the cop being white always looks off to me. So does blond Barney and black haired Moe. There may be a few others who had their palettes shifted (Smithers, Miss Hoover). I do wish they had stuck with Bart in the blue shirt. He certainly has the blue shirt in a lot of merchandise at least.
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    Although it's allowed for some decent throwaway gags, the idea of Kearney being an adult who's still in elementary school, or that he has a kid, has always bugged me.
    A little less Generic than before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CousinMerl View Post
    I would like to see Brockway at least once before the show ends. We've seen North Haverbrook and Ogdenville (the latter several times) so why leave the set incomplete?

    As for early things that never gelled with me, I'd say Smithers being a jerk towards Homer and sharing that with Mr. Burns; I always felt like Burns and Smithers should've have different opinions on Homer (which I think changed around Blood Feud') so Smithers being kinda accepting of Homer and not really having any strong feelings one way or the other on him fit much better and made things more interesting.

    Also Jerkass Apu who used to shoot at people from the Kwik-E-Mart roof with a shotgun and celebrating Marge going to jail for making a simple mistake by lookin like a mere shoplifter was something I never liked.
    Yeah, the Burns/Smithers combo in the beginning was awful. Can't remember the episode where Homer calls him, "Kiss-ass Smithers," but that is what he did in those early episodes. I mean to go into Homer's house and laugh at Burns ridiculing him was an great insult. I think the only time he actually challenged Burns is Who Shot Mr. Burns.

    Apu scene was ridiculous. Marge first would have not gone to jail. Second, Snake constantly robs him and he doesn't go after him. What about Sideshow Bob in Krusty Goes To Jail? Both were gun related robberies. I've been held at gunpoint, I'd rather they have stole.
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    I'm sure I can come up with a lot of things, like what @CousinMerl said already, but another kiss-ass would be Martin. Martin would go out of his way to make Bart look dumb and flaunt his superior intellect. You wonder why he got the crap kicked out of him by bullies. Well he still gets the crap kicked out of him. But still, why didn't Bart?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoskin View Post
    I think the only time he actually challenged Burns is Who Shot Mr. Burns.
    The first time was in the abeformentioned 'Blood Feud' when he couldn't bring himself to order the goons to brutalize Homer on Burns' order since he (Homer) saved the life of his boss with the blood donation from Bart. Like I said, this was likely the moment he changed his opinion of Homer and became much kinder to and accepting of him even with not having any strong opinion on him either way.

    Also, I have to say that I don't really mind kiss-ass teacher's pet Martin not even now (as it still does happen that he acts arrogant and flaunts his intelligence, though not as often as in the classic era). I feel that this characterization of him works better than the smarmily kiss-ass Smithers with his dislike and ridiculing of Homer ever did.



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