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DannyJC13

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« Reply #280 on: 05-16-2016 18:40 »

Posting this here, too:

This happened during the live Q&A segment of last night's new episode of The Simpsons:


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« Reply #281 on: 05-27-2016 11:49 »

That live episode was bizarre. But I suppose, at very least, it's an interesting experiment similar to stuff they did in their classic years like when Homer visited a CGI world in "Treehouse of Horror VI".

The finale where they just remade "Marge Goes to Jail" was more bizarre. They didn't even acknowledge that Marge has already been to jail and why on Earth would they opt to simply remake that episode when they haven't done "Homer Goes to Jail" or "Bart Goes to Juvie" or even "Lisa Goes to Juvie" yet? I suppose the answer is because they wanted to reference Orange Is the New Black, but even then, I didn't see any actual references to that show beyond the episode's title.
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« Reply #282 on: 05-28-2016 02:24 »

Yeah, I caught the finale, which was actually the only episode I've seen this season and I barely remember anything from it
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« Reply #283 on: 05-29-2016 00:07 »

They have definitely done "Bart Goes To Juvie". You just forgot because it was a terrible episode with a pointless guest star.
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« Reply #284 on: 05-29-2016 15:22 »

Yeah, I remember that one. I think it was season eighteen or nineteen
Gorky

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« Reply #285 on: 05-30-2016 06:28 »

Y'all are talking about "The Wandering Juvie," which is from season 15. I actually quite like season 15--I know I've said elsewhere that it's probably the last half-decent season of the show--and I remember being quite fond of that particular episode when it first aired, but Josh is right that the guest star du jour (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is really bland; however, the episode does also feature Charles Napier, who is awesome, so maybe it balances out. Though "The Wandering Juvie" is also a Bart Gets a New Love Interest episode, a genre of episode I find particularly loathsome (with the exception of "Bart's Girlfriend"), so maybe Josh is in fact right that it is crap: in any event, it's not the best thing that particular season has to offer.

And speaking of season 15, they also did a Homer Goes to Jail episode that year, if you count "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner" (also a meh-ish outing). And, hell, if you want to get technical--which, I mean, who doesn't?--"One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" is the original Family Member Goes to Jail episode, what with Homer needing to be bailed out by Barney's usually-unacceptable rusty money.

I mean, I didn't see this apparently lousy rehash of "Marge in Chains," so I can't speak to that episode specifically--I just figured this was a good opportunity to be all pedantic about Simpsons miscellany, which I need to do once in a while to maintain my dorky street cred. wink
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« Reply #286 on: 06-01-2016 03:31 »

They've also done a "Homer goes to prison" episode before, too (not to mention the multiple times he's been jailed/arrested/detained in the series and it hasn't been the primary narrative).

Also, the rest of this season was pretty mediocre overall.
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« Reply #287 on: 06-06-2016 11:34 »

There's still Maggie goes to jail.
Gorky

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« Reply #288 on: 06-06-2016 22:33 »

Are we forgetting "A Streetcar Named Marge?" tongue


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« Reply #289 on: 07-06-2016 10:16 »

I can't believe that this show is still going, I really can't. If someone told me when I joined Peel in 2001 that in 2016 The Simpsons is still going and that I'd be posting in a thread on Peel about that fact I'd have thought they were totally mad.

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« Reply #290 on: 07-06-2016 15:50 »


I never watched the show back in the day, but I find myself watching 1-2 episodes per week, now.  Mostly when the older ones are shown.

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« Reply #291 on: 09-05-2017 04:10 »

Not that I've watched the Simpsons regularly in at least thirteen years, but the firing of Alf Clausen strikes me as a big pile of bullshit. I never quite appreciated how important a full orchestra was to Futurama until they got rid of it in the DVD movies and the Comedy Central run, and I suspect its absence on The Simpsons will be similarly conspicuous.

I am reminded of Troy McClure's quip about the show only lasting until it becomes unprofitable: this move strikes me as a particularly crass, budget-conscious attempt to keep the show cheap enough to produce that it can keep going indefinitely, whether its overall quality warrants keeping it on Fox's schedule or not.
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« Reply #292 on: 09-05-2017 15:36 »

Yeah, that is complete bullshit. The lack of an orchestra on Futurama was unfortunate, but it made sense--they were moving to cable, and budget cuts had to be made. The Simpsons is still incredibly profitable. Alf's been doing a good job for all these years...why mess with that?
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« Reply #293 on: 09-05-2017 18:19 »

Honestly it's probably not as profitable as it was 5-10 years ago, but this is still a bad idea and maybe a hint that they should wrap things up
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« Reply #294 on: 09-06-2017 20:23 »

The show's been really weird with its music in the last season or two. There have been various extended sequences that are just bizarrely devoid of background music.

Check this out, for example. It's so weird that there's no background music. They later re-used this couch-gag with some library music slapped over the top, but this sort of thing is really common in later episodes. I wonder if it's got something to do with all this.

But yeah, this is a load of bull. It's like how they didn't give Alf Clausen the opportunity to score the movie. They don't seem to treat him as well as they ought to to say that he's perhaps the one guy working on the show who still provides consistently quality output.
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« Reply #295 on: 09-06-2017 21:12 »

Are you still watching the simpsons?
FishyJoe

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« Reply #296 on: 09-07-2017 16:55 »

Check this out, for example. It's so weird that there's no background music. They later re-used this couch-gag with some library music slapped over the top, but this sort of thing is really common in later episodes. I wonder if it's got something to do with all this.

Yeah, that IS weird. That is a pretty cute sequence, but it feels unfinished without any background music.
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