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DotheBartman

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« Reply #560 on: 02-15-2005 14:55 »

Well, I agree 9 is not bad enough to be in the "dark ages".  But ten....yecch, I don't think I could watch almost any of them these days.  I would even call 12 a better season, by the sole virtue that it didn't have quite as many really bad duds, and wasn't as formulaic (note the every other season ten episode is about Homer getting a new job). And I wouldn't put 13 or 14 in the dark ages either.  14 is purgatory granted, but 13 is really no worse then 9, maybe just slightly below it.
leelaholic

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« Reply #561 on: 02-16-2005 18:20 »

Well, season 10 is definitely part of the "dark ages" IMO, but I'm not sure if it's worse than season 12. Of course, since season 12 has what I consider to be the worst episode ever ("Tennis the Menace" ) that's a pretty big disadvantage. Season 13 is good.

Anyway, I thought "Pranksta Rap" was a pretty good episode. Much more interesting plot than I expected and hilarious gags throughout. Glad to see that 50cent's appearence was actually just a short cameo.

BARNEY: Well, I gotta go. I'm needed on the set.
WIGGUM: "The set"? Are you the character or the actor who plays him?
BARNEY: (Spooky tone) Now I must goooo...
WIGGUM: Wait. Now you're a ghost?
^ Greatness

I give the episode a B+ or so. Very enjoyable.
Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #562 on: 02-16-2005 23:16 »

I think Dan Castalanetta should be on Arrested Development.
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« Reply #563 on: 02-17-2005 07:21 »

Why do so many people think arrested development is good, its clearly nothing special, I mean it was nothing terrible but I wouldn't get into a routine of watching it.
Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #564 on: 02-17-2005 18:05 »

 
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Why do so many people think Arrested Development is good, its clearly nothing special, I mean it was nothing terrible but I wouldn't get into a routine of watching it.

How much of it did you watch?
fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #565 on: 02-20-2005 23:33 »
« Last Edit on: 02-20-2005 23:33 »

I just saw the newest episode of the Simpsons about gay marriages.  It was funny, interesting that Mr. Smithers didn't appear in this episodes.  Patty coming out of the closet seems to be good character development but it's a little late.

I found out the Simpsons will do another flash forward episode, making it its third flash forward episode.  We'll get to see Bart and Lisa graduate from high school.  The title of the episode, "Future-Drama".   big grin
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« Reply #566 on: 02-20-2005 23:53 »

 
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I found out the Simpsons will do another flash forward episode, making it its third flash forward episode. We'll get to see Bart and Lisa graduate from high school. The title of the episode, "Future-Drama".  big grin
Thanks for telling us something we all ready knew last month.
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« Reply #567 on: 02-21-2005 00:05 »
« Last Edit on: 02-21-2005 00:05 »

no problem, next i'll tell you that Futurama is cancelled and Family Guy has been renewed.
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« Reply #568 on: 02-21-2005 02:13 »
« Last Edit on: 02-21-2005 02:13 »

Another Future episode?

Way to beat a dead horse.
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« Reply #569 on: 02-21-2005 12:52 »

Its cancelled  eek  that makes me  cry
fuck fox  mad   up yours
I know lets make a petition.
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« Reply #570 on: 02-21-2005 16:55 »

Yes, "Bart to the Future" was frightening enough; we don't need another one. But from what season 16 is seeming to be, it might not be so bad.
"There's Something About Marrying" was full of laughs. The best joke, perhaps all season, taking the throne of Mario in "Hail Mary Pass", was Homer's map of celebrity's homes, and it lingering on screen, and he asks, "Did you read them all? Good." That's such a great joke on visual gags. There were some things that didn't work, like the beginning (they strained to make Milhouse funny), and Lovejoy ringing the church bell. And was anyone else disturbed by Lisa being the one to suggest gay marriage? ...although, she was also the one who suggested Selma turn to artificial insemination. But, I think I'm beginning to see why people view Lisa as an all-goody-good super-liberal, but I don't think it's quite like that.
Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #571 on: 02-21-2005 17:07 »
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I was disturbed by Homer making out with himself, that's the second time this season that I was grossed out by something, the first was seeing James Caan in the hot tub, in "All's Fair in Oven War".

Hey fryfanSpyOrama, did you hear? The first Season of the Simpsons is coming out on DVD, WOOHOO!
Ranadok

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« Reply #572 on: 02-22-2005 02:06 »
« Last Edit on: 02-22-2005 02:06 »

Marrying was good, very funny, bit slow (plotwise) to start but lots of good humour and satire when it got going, good for an A.  I'd say more, but I don't want to.

I also want to add... on Saturday, a news station ran a two minute bit on the "Springfield to legalize gay marriage" story and controversy that claimed that "one of the characters will be coming out of the closet, but the show's promoters are keeping it a tight secret" (when Fox's own promos showed Patty with a woman, and wearing a tux for the wedding, but that's beside the point).  Today, they had a follow up story (trying it in to the current debate in the House regarding the same sex marriage bill, with sound bites from MPs and all) that said "...as expected, Marge's sister Patty was the character that was gay".  They can't even keep their own story straight... fools.

edit:  I've seen some mention on a parental advisory airing before this episode... Global didn't have one (Go, Canada!).  Out of curiousity, what did it say (was it just a "mature themes" warning  or what?).
DotheBartman

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« Reply #573 on: 02-22-2005 12:44 »

Solemnish voice with white lettering over a black screen.  I believe it said "Warning: This episode contains discussion of same sex marriage.  Parental Discretion is Advised.".  I'd have to check my tape for the exact wording though.  Pretty funny, and I'm glad I have the warning (at least a piece of it) on my tape for historical value.  Only time they've ever done that.

In any case, my review:

Solid episode. Not as good as I'd hoped, but solid.

To get the problems out of the way, I thought the story could have been done a little better. Patty doesn't even come into the story at all until the end of act two (similar to plot of "She of Little Faith" not kicking in until the end of act two as well). When you have a story that's supposed to evoke some sympathy for a character, you simply cannot introduce that character into the story that late in the game. Act three was simply not enough time to properly develop it the way it could have been developed. Even introducing her at the beginning of act two could have provided more time to develop the angle of Marge's difficulty in accepting Patty's marriage, which was something that came off as too rushed. And just to throw in one nitpick, the "Ha Ha" intrusion from Nelson during the Lovejoy and Marge scene was rather lame (and used in the promos, once again confirming my theory that Fox will always use the worst joke from an episode in the promos).

With all that said though, it was still pretty well done. During the time that it was actually played out the story worked fairly well, the satirical looks at the issue were good as well. Exploring it from both sides somewhat (showing the ridiculousness of the anti-gay marriage group's fears, but at the same time showing how some of the people involved were just trying to profit off of it) was good, and I liked the use of "Smartline" again. It was also ("Ha Ha" aside) a really funny episode throughout. Blinky monster, roadrunner Barney, Homer's dream of marrying himself, Lovejoy blocking out Marge with the church bell, Disco Stu, the Fox jab (saw it coming, but still hilarious), Homer quickly throwing away his picket sign....all examples of great moments.

So, despite some basic problems, really solid and enjoyable episode, and one that might improve a little on reflection as well. B+

DYN:
-Lisa referred to them as "Sunday Best Simpsons". Reference to the action figures perhaps?
-What room was Homer in when he applied to be a minister? I guess that mysterious rec room from "Three Men and a Comic Book" was redecorated or something.
-Skinner was at the wedding on Patty's side. He must have gotten over their previous romance (and the fact that she was gay the whole time). For that matter, Jub-Jub makes another rare appearance around Selma's neck.
-CBG/Jeff trying to marry the "Boobarella" cutout in the deleted scene?
-Suprisingly, no Smithers?
Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #574 on: 02-22-2005 19:30 »
« Last Edit on: 02-22-2005 19:30 »

I thought Skinner married Selma?

EDIT- Nevermind, he was set to go out with Selma, but fell in love with Patty.
John Pannozzi

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« Reply #575 on: 02-22-2005 20:54 »

I thought the gay ep. was decent, but Homer riduculing straight people was as OOC as toonily possible.

I recently got a hold of the medical marijuana ep. and I laughed my ass off. It was SO surreal it made laugh hard. It didn't try to be partly serious like "Marge vs. Seniors, Teens and Gays", "Bart-Mangled Banner" and "Fraudcast News" did.

Anyway, what people would you like to see guest star on the Simpsons? I'd like to see an ep. with Naoto Ohshima (original designer of Sonic The Hedgehog, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik and other Sonic characters), Yasushi Yamaguchi (original designer of Miles "Tails" Prower), Takashi Thomas Yuda (original designer of Knuckles The Echidna), Kazuyuki Hoshino (original designer of Amy "Rosey The Rascal" Rose, Metal Sonic and other Sonic characters), Jina Ishiwatari (Helped design the Chaotix), Ryo Kudou (also helped design the Chaotix), Takumi Miyake (also helped design the Chaotix),Yasufumi Soejima (also helped design the Chaotix) and Yuji Naka (head of Sonic Team). If my Japanese teacher at the Japanese Language and Culture Center of Rhode Island can get enough money to go to Japan about once a year or so, surely the ultra-rich Simpsons writers and producers can.
DotheBartman

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« Reply #576 on: 02-22-2005 21:06 »

So now Homer is "out of character" when he does anything remotely stupid.....well this just gets better and better.  I'm beginning to wonder if people actually watched seasons 9-12.

And yeah, getting a bunch of obscure video game designers, most of whom likely don't speak fluent english and can't act, to appear on The Simpsons is a totally good idea.  I also think they should feature the CEO of GAP, all the Korean color-artists who worked on "Ducktales", and that one guy I saw behind the desk when I went to the bank.
evan

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« Reply #577 on: 02-22-2005 21:25 »

Haha, good one DtB.

I think Homer was in character, because a) he likes easy money and b) he often gets confused when the situation becomes too complex. He was swept up in gay marriage, so naturally he blocked everything 'non gay marriage related' out of his mind. Hence his joke on straight people being weird.

It wasn't a bad episode, all in all. I agree with DtB on too little of Patty, but there was a lot to get through in the first act. Luckily, the episode wasn't so prostylizing as other "politics" episodes. The focus was on the characters and their interaction with each other, not about the issue du jour.

And I finally saw "All's Fair in Oven War" on Sunday. I liked it. While it's not great, I think season 16 has enough good solid episodes in order to make me have faith in the show again.
leelaholic

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« Reply #578 on: 02-22-2005 22:54 »

I thought "There's Something About Marrying" was a very solid episode with great gags throughout. Favorite part was Homer's "Have you read them all yet? Good." I guess I liked this because it held on the scene so long, the joke would've fallen flat without it. Plenty of other funny parts, too (the print-out priest collar, the opening with Barney [glad to see him drinking again], the musical commercial, etc.) Best episode of the season!

5/5, A

 www.springfieldisforgaylovers ofmarriage.com
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« Reply #579 on: 02-23-2005 02:34 »

They actually mentioned There's Something About Marrying on the news here last night. Nothing much, just said it was a controversial episode about gay marriage and played a few short clips of it. Apparentally it's set to air here in April. Until then, here's my review for:

Mommie Beerest.

Saw it a few days ago, and watched it again last night. Good episode, although somewhat flawed. The storyline was fine, nothing wrong with it. Marge & Moe sharing an emotional bond is a little hard to believe, but hey, The Simpsons CONSTANTLY takes fairly strange storyline ideas and turn them into normal, believeable plots.

The only problem with this is that I felt the bond between Marge & Moe wasn't set up well enough. It didn't seem so big a deal that Homer would ride on a moving flight of stairs and board an aeroplane without a ticket just for it. I'll chalk this up to time constaints - the plot with Moe & Marge didn't even really begin to get going until about 7 or 8 minutes into it. Maybe if they'd had cut a few minutes of other material, they could've built this up a little more, who knows. Either way, the episode focussed too much on Homer, when it really should've been on Moe and Marge.

The worst scene was probably the Cards trailer. I HATE it when The Simpsons is mixed with any other form of animation. The claymation/puppet scenes in HomR and 'Tis the Fifteenth Season are what brought them episodes down so much for me. The only time CGI/real life footage has EVER worked in The Simpsons is for the Treehouse of Horror episode with the "3rd Dimension" (forgot which number it was - think it was 5 or 6). A really pointless, stupid, lame, crappy scene which could've easily been cut to make room for story development.

Despite my rants, it was a great episode. Lots of funny bits (such as Homer's tribute poem) and some good callbacks to previous episodes. The episode does take quite a while to get going, and I think that if the relationship between Moe and Marge had been built up a little more, I probably would've given this an A-. If they'd have done that AND cut the "Cards" scene, an A.  tongue

Still, I'm giving it a...
B+.

The second-best episode I've seen of the season so far, although wasted its potential a little.
John Pannozzi

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« Reply #580 on: 02-23-2005 14:34 »

 
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Originally posted by DotheBartman:
So now Homer is "out of character" when he does anything remotely stupid.....well this just gets better and better.  I'm beginning to wonder if people actually watched seasons 9-12.

And yeah, getting a bunch of obscure video game designers, most of whom likely don't speak fluent english and can't act, to appear on The Simpsons is a totally good idea.  I also think they should feature the CEO of GAP, all the Korean color-artists who worked on "Ducktales", and that one guy I saw behind the desk when I went to the bank.

Cripes, I try to not bash the Simpsons senslessly and you turn on me. Hypocrite. Anyway, people at Toon Zone think this ep. was an insult to all homosexuality. I don't agree with them, but they are the ones who loved Digimon Tamers to death, so...

Anyway, I think the Simpsons is made by homophobes who are the lowest common denomimator and a mindless homophobe loves the Simpsons and hates Futurama, so there. I'm in a bad mood. Man, life is fast and short.  cry   cry   cry
starone

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« Reply #581 on: 02-23-2005 15:19 »

The way they marketed it as controversial seemed to me like they were trying to imitate South Park.

It's just hard for me to take the Simpsons seriously anymore.
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« Reply #582 on: 02-23-2005 15:43 »

 
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 Cripes, I try to not bash the Simpsons senslessly and you turn on me. Hypocrite. Anyway, people at Toon Zone think this ep. was an insult to all homosexuality. I don't agree with them, but they are the ones who loved Digimon Tamers to death, so...

Anyway, I think the Simpsons is made by homophobes who are the lowest common denomimator and a mindless homophobe loves the Simpsons and hates Futurama, so there. I'm in a bad mood. Man, life is fast and short.   cry    cry    cry

/thinks of "Homer's Phobia" and "Three Gays of the Condo." Nope, no pro-tolerance messages there.
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« Reply #583 on: 02-23-2005 17:27 »

 
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Originally posted by starone:
The way they marketed it as controversial seemed to me like they were trying to imitate South Park.

It's just hard for me to take the Simpsons seriously anymore.
uhhh that's fox, the Simpsons writers have nothing to do with this.

It's just hard for me to take the Simpsons critics seriously anymore.

DotheBartman

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« Reply #584 on: 02-23-2005 17:27 »
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Originally posted by John Pannozzi:
 Anyway, I think the Simpsons is made by homophobes who are the lowest common denomimator and a mindless homophobe loves the Simpsons and hates Futurama, so there. 

I'm sure the various gay people who've worked on both shows would be very suprised to read this.  I also don't know what being homophobic has to do with loving The Simpsons, especcially given its consistent pro-tolerance message.  Or with hating Futurama for that matter, given that it never really touched on gay-issues like The Simpsons did (which is okay; it had a shorter run, and given its sci-fi nature there'd be less reason to go into it).

 
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Originally posted by Starone:
The way they marketed it as controversial seemed to me like they were trying to imitate South Park.
It's just hard for me to take the Simpsons seriously anymore.

Better alternative: don't take the ads seriously.  Fox has always tried to make episodes look controversial whenever possible, often to the detriment of the episode's message ("Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy" was advertised as "Springfield gets a sexy new doll!" and the magazine ad showed Bart looking up the doll's dress).  The ads are made by fox (who I think, given their rediculous treatment and cancellation of a certain sci-fi cartoon, we can all agree suck), not the producers or writers. It also has nothing to do with "South Park".  Tv shows (and art itself) being controversial is a concept as old as the medium itself, as is the concept of advertising it as such.  When South Park first came out many people blasted it for supposedly trying to imitate The Simpsons in a number of ways, including the controversy.  And those arguments were just as silly (I mean, c'mon, Parker and Stone aren't Seth McFarlane or anything   wink ).
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« Reply #585 on: 02-26-2005 11:46 »

I thought T's St A M gave homos respect, but I was proven wrong.

From http://www.forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?t=134620&page=2&pp=60

I'm sorry, what?

Anyone who can view this episode and decide it was pro-gay marriage needs to simply sit out in their backyard and stair at the largest rock they can find (or perhaps crawl back under it). Homer is an idiot and Lisa, Marge or Flanders are usualy the only voices of reason in the show.

Lisa proposes the town allow gay marriage as a sensationalist tactic to encourage tourism.
Homer performs marriages as a get-rich-quick scheme.
Marge is a supporter until her sister is engaged and only sways her opinion when she learns she is a man.
Flanders is no where in sight.

What can be taken from all of this is, were it an actual political agenda, is that gay marriages do nothing but create media buzz and demean marriages. Hell, this episode even likens homosexuality to pedophilia, incest and beastiality (Homer comes out and says anyone can be married, tangible or not). FOX's warning to me comes off as a smug faux ass-covering so they cannot be held accountable for an opinion they fully endorse.

If you say this episode gives respect to homosexuals then you better be respectful when your friend starts dating his little brother who just so happens to be a goat.
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« Reply #586 on: 02-26-2005 12:18 »
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Isn't toon zone shit, I haven't seen the episode but that review is complete crap.
It just describes the plot without actually making any refrences to the content of the episode. It gives absloutley no examples of any moment that could be considerd homophobic. Considering that there are homosexual members of staff, considering Groening is very anti-homophobic, and the fact that the majority of the staff are liberal. I somehow doubt it was the intention of the staff to be homophobic.

There's absloutley no reason to take this review seriously, just because this guy's able to write something with a few paragraphs doesn't mean his reviews are worth anything, John learn to from your own opinions.
and grow out of your emotional problems, I'm sure there are people that love you.
DotheBartman

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« Reply #587 on: 02-26-2005 15:07 »
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Lisa proposes the town allow gay marriage as a sensationalist tactic to encourage tourism.
Homer performs marriages as a get-rich-quick scheme.
 

These were merely a way of balancing out the satire a bit, pointing out that some of the people (not Lisa, but certainly others like Homer and Mayor Quimby) that "support" the cause do so only for their own financial gain.  Lisa knew this and used it to her advantage in fighting for a cause she DOES really believe in, which is commonplace not only in the current struggle for gay marriage but also in past struggles like rights for blacks.

   
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Marge is a supporter until her sister is engaged and only sways her opinion when she learns she is a man.

This was just a way of humanizing the conflict; Marge is portrayed as a good person with some reservations, but she comes around at the end and realizes the error of her ways, accepting Patty for who she is.  Many good, generally tolerant people may have trouble with something at first (especcially when it happens to be someone in their family), but can come around eventually and accept it.  This aspect of the episode was in fact very pro-gay and pro-tolerance.

   
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What can be taken from all of this is, were it an actual political agenda, is that gay marriages do nothing but create media buzz and demean marriages. Hell, this episode even likens homosexuality to pedophilia, incest and beastiality (Homer comes out and says anyone can be married, tangible or not). FOX's warning to me comes off as a smug faux ass-covering so they cannot be held accountable for an opinion they fully endorse.

I'm not sure if this guy actually understands the concept of satire.  This is like someone saying that the "gay steel mill" sequence in "Homer's Phobia" made that episode anti-gay.  Many of the things he cites here are clearly intended to mock some of the most ridiculous arguments against gay marriage (like the "what's next?" argument).  Homer's idiocy in actually buying these arguments is clearly an aspect of this as well.  He is right that Fox was merely covering its ass with that warning, but if he actually picked up a newspaper once in a while he might know that it had more to do with the FCC and uncertainty about what can and cannot be aired then a political bias.

   
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If you say this episode gives respect to homosexuals then you better be respectful when your friend starts dating his little brother who just so happens to be a goat.

This guy is an idiot.  He doesn't understand satire, then makes this asinine statement.  Frankly, his post is fairly typical of people at Toonzone; completely missing the point of things, making ridiculous criticisms, and doing so in the most arrogant, uppity way possible.  Its like alt.tv.simpsons circa 1994, except the same people then turn around and praise "Sailor Moon" or "Pokemon" as brilliant television.

I actually may post this there today, just to school his ass.

EDIT: Posted.
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« Reply #588 on: 03-05-2005 20:54 »

The 4th Simpsons episode guide book is called The Simpsons One Step Beyond Forever : A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family...Continued Yet Again and it's coming October 1. Pre-order it at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=evergreenterra02&path=ASIN/0060817542/
Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #589 on: 03-05-2005 21:26 »

October 1st, 2005? Awesome.

On an unrelated topic. When I turn my computer off, then on, and come here, I have to log in again, is there any way I can not have to do that?
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« Reply #590 on: 03-06-2005 00:44 »
« Last Edit on: 03-06-2005 00:44 »

Use Firefox. (It's a web browser like Internet Explorer) Get it from Firefox.com and click "Yes" on anything that says remember your password on this site.

On a Simpsons Note, I'm happy as well that another Episode Guide Book is coming out. Is two seasons set in stone yet again, or is there a chance that season fifteen will be included in the book?
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« Reply #591 on: 03-06-2005 03:47 »

Its set in stone.  Just 13 and 14.  One of the reasons I don't bother with the guides and just use SNPP.  That and the dvd booklets to some extent.
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« Reply #592 on: 03-06-2005 05:52 »

It's about time the next guide came out. The fact it's taken so long and only contains two Seasons; when it could have in theory contained four (13-16) by the time it comes out is pathetic. The good news is another guide is planned for the year after though...

bender+fry

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« Reply #593 on: 03-06-2005 07:05 »

I bet they never have the latest whole season included for rerun purposes, but still, I was hoping for more from the Simpsons team...
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« Reply #594 on: 03-06-2005 07:42 »

I feel uneasy about the new Episode on SKY tonight, Homer looks like he's slipped back into jerkass mode.

Maybe I'll watch it, maybe not. If I don't please tell me about it later.
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« Reply #595 on: 03-06-2005 10:03 »

Looks to be more Captain Wacky than Jerkass.
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« Reply #596 on: 03-06-2005 14:02 »

Homer and Ned’s Hail Mary Pass

Hmm the new Simpsons episode is ok but it not like Ned to make a violent movie. Although it nice to see his buffed half naked body again. <3

It cool that we get to know comic book guy’s name which is Jeff Albertson
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« Reply #597 on: 03-07-2005 05:40 »

Mommie Beerest
It was alright. Nothing more. B

Pranksta Rap
Everyone says it isn't so bad, I thought it was pretty average. C
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« Reply #598 on: 03-07-2005 07:56 »

I wasn't very impressed at all with "On A Clear Day, I Can't See My Sister," but then again, I wasn't planning on it. Lisa once again strengthened her super-liberal stereotype preaching about global warming, although the park ranger was amusing. As was the restraining order video, and Homer's Mexican I.D. But everything else was just strange, and I'm getting sick and tired of Judge Harm. I want Judge Synder back. We just saw him in "Mommie Beerest," we need him to get back to the court room.
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« Reply #599 on: 03-07-2005 08:55 »

"Clear day..." review:

Fairly enjoyable. But as soon as the (otherwise awesome) "Galaxy" couch gag kicked in again, I thought "oh boy, this is going to have story problems". I was right.

Here we had a concept that could have had some real potential. Bart and Lisa being literally seperated from each other at all times could have not only provided more laughs then it did, but it could have been an interesting study of their relationship. Do they genuinely need each other or ultimately enjoy each other? Nothing of this nature was explored at all, and everything just felt too quick and easy. Bart pulls some annoying pranks, the restraining order is filled out, she prods him for a few minutes of the episode, Bart lives outside for a while, and then suddenly "wow! I found the third thing!". Weak, and I even groaned a little when that mentioned line came. As it is, it seemed like Lisa was barely in the story past the first act, which really defeated any point there might have been to the story. On top of this, far too much time was spent on an only sporadically amusing subplot at Sprawl Mart (the signs on the front were funny, but nothing else about it was memorable at all).

That said, this episode at least delivered enough chuckles to be entertaining. There were those signs as mentioned, they Gary Busey video (probably the one real highlight), some of the "prodding" gags with the pole, and various other things. The episode didn't go for too long with out at least something amusing. There were some failures too though. The bit with Skinner and the mummy was really unfunny, and the jazz routine by the family (barring Bart) was funny for a couple seconds as a "quick revelation" contrasting Bart's comment, but then it stretched past the second or third second where it was actually funny, before being brought back again in a fairly unfunny ending.

I enjoyed it okay, but won't remember much about it next month. I'd say C+/B-

DYN:
-The "whoa!" in the coach gag was replaced with "Cooool!"?
-Uter's voice was way off? I dunno what happened there, other then maybe Russi Taylor (I think that's who does it) just isn't used to doing that voice anymore.
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