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winna

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« Reply #120 on: 11-23-2003 18:47 »
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I actually liked Simpsons Safari for it's thrown outness.  I really think episodes like these are just like Family Guy, so I can't see how a person likes one and not the other.  However that episode didn't have a plot so I see why most hate it.

Edit:  Horrible Simpsons Safari TOTPD   no no
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« Reply #121 on: 11-23-2003 18:52 »
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I'm in the middle of watching "The Regina Monolouges" right now. It's surprisingly not crappy. It's stupid sure but it's also very funny and everyone stays in character.

*Edit* And the ending was very funny to boot, I wanna see more stuff like this, it's wacky but not super duper Scully wacky.
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« Reply #122 on: 11-23-2003 20:13 »

This joke alone is worth watching the latest episode.

Moe: "How much to have Bart crankcall me?  That would be hilarious"

Also try.

Burns: "Oh smithers, guide me in"
Smithers: "With pleasure sir."

I haven't seen the whole episode and am in fact watching it right now, so maybe it sucks, but those jokes are worth repeating....
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« Reply #123 on: 11-23-2003 20:33 »

I'd have to agree with Fishy Joe this time, the "sore tomorrow" gag is horrible.  Supposedly its not in the final episode, but still. Plus, I'd have to agree with him on "Devil's Hands".  Frankly, I haven't seen one good reason why it isn't a good episode yet, and in fact Asylum Fry pretty much dodged my questions about it when I asked her in another thread. Also, there's nothing funny or good at all about KTAAR.  Sorry kids, but its the truth.

Winna: Thing is, there's a difference between "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons".  I did like Family Guy, but they're two completely different shows.  To put this into a metaphor, I like both "A Beautiful Mind" and "Spaceballs".  But I like them for different reasons.  I laugh at the outrageousness of Spaceballs' humor, but would I want for there to be a giant transformer and Russel Crowe watching A Beautiful Mind before it being finished in that movie?  God no.
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« Reply #124 on: 11-23-2003 20:40 »

Yeah, but the crazy offwall simpsons episodes is exactly what Family Guy is based off...  Family Guy just took the bathtub and the toilet when it threw the kitchen sink out the window...
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« Reply #125 on: 11-23-2003 21:04 »

Basic concepts aside the humor in both shows is very different.

And anyway, Family Guy did random/off-the-wall crap much better then The Simpsons did in the Scully era.
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« Reply #126 on: 11-23-2003 22:57 »

I thought the funniest joke was R2 D2 playing bass guitar. hee hee
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« Reply #127 on: 11-24-2003 04:05 »

Family Guy came at a time when it could get away with much more... don't forget that  wink

If FG had come around the same time as Simpsons first did, I guarantee it would've been immediately canceled if picked up at all....
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« Reply #128 on: 11-24-2003 05:03 »

Family Guy and The Simpsons are very different. Family Guy is basically a bunch of whacky-but-funny skits thrown into a crappy storyline, while the Simpsons is more focused on the storyline. At least the good Simpsons is, anyway. The difference is that I feel that Family Guy's weirdness is actually good and funny. The Simpsons writers just can't seem to pull of that sort of humour. Full stop.
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« Reply #129 on: 11-24-2003 08:36 »
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quick cut and paste from NHC

Excellent! It started with a nice Burns/Smithers scene with a lot of good jokes (Burns having trouble with the ATM and being knocked down by the bill   laff ). It went through Bart's funny museum idea. The Grandpa plot felt tacked on, but no big deal. The Joe Millionaire spoof was good ("I only have a cherry farm"  laff ). Homer's hallucination trolls were good. It had some awkward pacing at the end but that didn't matter.

4/5 (which continues their season 15 "Better than Futurama" streak   tongue)
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« Reply #130 on: 11-24-2003 11:38 »
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Tony Blair on The Simpsons?

p.s: Lisa simpson is not annoying PC Thug.
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« Reply #131 on: 11-24-2003 12:30 »

'K, here's my useless review.
"The Regina Monologues"
After Swartzwelder's previous clunker with "TOH XIV," he has improved. Not much though. The first act was pretty good, with Burns punching in his four digit ATM code which was his age, and the people coming to retrieve the thousand dollar bill. Homer contemplating what rifle to bring was stupid on its own, but when has there been a rifle collection next to the fridge? That's going too far. In England itself, many guest stars are used and wasted. Tony Blair was ironically the best used. I kinda liked the spy-like devices of England, and while Bart and Lisa's candy bender is nothing compared to Bart and Milhouse's squishee night out in "Boy Scoutz N the Hood," it was fun to watch. Everything went down the tubes when they hit the queen. There was nothing memorable, funny or good in act 3, except maybe Homer interpreting the initials on the queen's breifcase, and forgetting to put out the fire before going through the secret tunnel. All in all, this wasn't as good as Season 13's Brazil trip, but was waaaay better than Season 12's Africa trip. But then again, pretty much every episode is better than that "Simpson Safari" tripe.
Grade: 2.5/5
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« Reply #132 on: 11-24-2003 13:40 »
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Lisa simpson is not annoying PC Thug.

Lisa's cool. I don't know why so many people don't like her.

 
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Originally posted by Fishy:
Also, I hate to take this thread so off-topic, but what exactly was so bad about The Devil's Hands etc.? I always hate it when characters sing instead of having normal dialogue, but overall I thought it was good. It had a good story, funny jokes, and the characters weren't fucked up versions of themselves. And though I hated the singing, the lyrics were way more clever than recent Simpsons songs. What gives? Why all the hatin'?

1. Unmoving plot

2. Bad Characterization

3. Annoying Song

4. Predictable Ending
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« Reply #133 on: 11-24-2003 14:24 »

It was meh.  Felt like every other Simpsons go to another country ep.  They (Homer) do something wrong, screw up badly, get out somehow or another, usually predictable.

There were a few good laughs, but I didn't like the plot.

C+
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« Reply #134 on: 11-24-2003 14:51 »

Anyone find it funny that the Simpsons went to England right as Bush left? Coincidence, or maybe something else....

Oh, and the episode was completely forgettable. I tuned it off when they crash into the Queen. Aside from the dollar print on Burns's chest, I can't remeber a single joke...
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« Reply #135 on: 11-24-2003 18:35 »

I just downloaded that episode and found it to be pretty rubbish. It threw in as many stereotypes as possible in the shortest amount of time, none of them being funny (WTF was that gay thing about?).

I would've found the episode offensive if i was more uptight i think, because it was so wrong and yet wasn't even funny while doing it. If its stereotypes and English jokes were funny it would've been ok.

But what really pissed me off, the "Bailing you out of WW2" line.
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« Reply #136 on: 11-24-2003 20:02 »

 
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  1. Unmoving plot

2. Bad Characterization

3. Annoying Song

4. Predictable Ending


1. moved me and i usually hate fry and leela centred episodes

2. When? Give examples

3. Well there was plenty else to the episode
not reason to completley hate the episode

4. Well of course they want to wrap up on that note for a final episode
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« Reply #137 on: 11-25-2003 05:39 »

I knew it wouldn't be long before some uptight Brit made a post about how bad the jokes about England were.  It's all fun and games until they poke fun at your country, huh?

I loved the bit with Sir Ian McKellen and the Scottish play.

Those of you who didn't watch it all the way to the end missed the best joke:
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« Reply #138 on: 11-25-2003 08:38 »

 
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1. moved me and i usually hate fry and leela centred episodes
I'm not sure. It just felt kinda fake to me
 
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2. When? Give examples
It was mostly just how Leela was willing to go crazy over musical guys all of a sudden.
 
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3. Well there was plenty else to the episode
not reason to completley hate the episode
It still made my ears hurt.
 
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4. Well of course they want to wrap up on that note for a final episode
Yeah. I guess.

Keep in mind that I still like Futurama. I just really hate that episode.

Now, lets get back ontopic, shall we?
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« Reply #139 on: 11-25-2003 08:56 »

I seen the clip of Tony Blair on The Simpsons on the news. I might download the episode.
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« Reply #140 on: 11-25-2003 10:27 »

 
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I loved the bit with Sir Ian McKellen and the Scottish play.

Agreed!    laff
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« Reply #141 on: 11-25-2003 10:33 »

The MacBeth joke was excellent.  laff Anyone who didn't like it just didn't get it.
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« Reply #142 on: 11-25-2003 10:58 »
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  1. Unmoving plot

2. Bad Characterization

3. Annoying Song

4. Predictable Ending

And that's all there is to it. Damn I hated that one. I mean, they could've done SO much better with the end episode... a real shame    roll eyes
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« Reply #143 on: 11-25-2003 11:53 »

 
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I knew it wouldn't be long before some uptight Brit made a post about how bad the jokes about England were.  It's all fun and games until they poke fun at your country, huh?

I'd be fine with it all if it was actually funny  roll eyes
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« Reply #144 on: 11-25-2003 12:19 »
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I'd be fine with it all if it was actually funny    roll eyes
Heh. I agree. Haven't seen it yet, but the warning signs are all there. A holiday episode and lots of English guest stars? Whoopdeedoo. Nevertheless I was amused by this from the Metro (crappy free newspaper)
 
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...As a reward for his pro-Bush stance, America has awarded Tony Blair its highest honour - a guest appearance on the Simpsons.
  laff Missing the point much?
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« Reply #145 on: 11-25-2003 13:23 »

Blair wasn't put on for his pro stance thats for sure.
(Matt Groening was anti-war)
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« Reply #146 on: 11-27-2003 03:03 »

I just saw My Mother The Carjacker (okay, so I'm a little late... so shoot me) and thought that it was surprisingly good. I mean - the whole idea of Homer's mother returning sounded really lame at first, but I have to admit that they pulled it off pretty good. Despite a few stupid and not-funny moments, the ending was touching in a way, and I really was amazed at how they pulled it off. Not as good as the first episode centred around Homer's mother, but still - a damn good sequel.
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« Reply #147 on: 11-29-2003 13:56 »
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I Like Lisa Simpson because She smart, witty, independent, cute girl who focuses on her goals, morals, beliefs, She a vegetarian, a member of MENSA and She not a annoying PC Thug.

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« Reply #148 on: 11-29-2003 21:14 »

Ummm... this topic is for reviewing Simpsons Season 15. Not talking about characters.
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« Reply #149 on: 11-29-2003 22:01 »

the episode started out strong but lost steam very fast. i love the simpson's and was rather disappointed.
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« Reply #150 on: 11-30-2003 14:05 »

My Mother The Carjacker:

Well, I finally got to see this one (honestly, Sky One really need to go back to showing episodes every Sunday.  no no ). Although I missed the first half because Channel 4 have decided to desync their timetables with everyone else and I was watching Scrapheap Challenge till 18:40.

Anyway, I've always felt Glenn Close was one of the better Simpsons guest stars, largely because:

A) She appears as a character rather than herself

B) She's not immediately recognisable

But I still didn't like this episode. Personally I hate when Homer acts like a child; in fact I think it's one of the points where the series went wrong. The first episode didn't have him acting like a baby, but it was still touching. This one just felt forced (I suppose this is what some people feel about TDHAIP). And I still think both Marge and Homer are extremely off-voice.

The good : Well, the "Car driving away" joke was quite good, in my opinion. But the ending just seemed rushed and a little pointless.

Certainly nowhere near the level of Futurama or Simpsons S8, in my opinion.
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« Reply #151 on: 11-30-2003 14:39 »
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just saw my mother the carjacker
I thought it was good, bit of a slow start to the episodes but it got better, some emotion and a failry good gag rate. although the prison bus being destroyed in all the various ways would have been funnier if you knew she was still alive.
i'd say a little above the level of a series 1 episode of futurama
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« Reply #152 on: 12-01-2003 12:44 »

Since no one likes to read really long things, and I don't either, here's a short one:
"The Fat and the Furriest"
Although there were some good parts (Grampa's website, Homer's bear-phobia, the repetative gun cocking), this plot was completely dumb and not at all interesting. Jokes were thrown in for no reason, Lisa was way out of character trying on the octopus outfit, and the whole sugar ball first act was reminiscent to Homer's hoagie some time back. Worst ep so far, but there's only been five so it's not saying much.
Rating: 2/5
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« Reply #153 on: 12-01-2003 13:54 »

cut and paste from NHC

"The Fat and the Furriest"

Homer... fights a bear? Well, I liked it. Let's get the bad stuff out of the way first.

Bad stuff:

ACT 1:

The flowers joke

Homer saying the kid's gifts would look like crap

ACT 2:

Nothing bad here  smile

ACT 3:

I didn't mind Homer putting the tag on but putting it on TWICE??

The blood (but not much so no biggie)

Good Stuff:

Firstly, they used my favorite couch gag!

ACT 1:

The mug joke was funny. Calling the store "Sprawl Mart" and the Veggie Tales part had me laughing as well. The joke with Nelson shoplifting was clever. I also liked Homer calling Patty and Selma "Fatty and... Felma". Everything that happened with the kitchen carnival was great. The thing that I loved most was Bart's great little line about eating his shorts.

ACT 2:

I was happy to see no blood on Homer after the attack. Kent Brockman's president joke was good. The Scooby Doo-esque gag with Homer in the toilets was excellent. The joke about getting your gun confused with your camera was funny as well. Homer's bear phobia was great. Bart, Lenny, and Carl dancing was odd but funny. Sorta like the "mmm... promo" joke from "Mr. Spritz".

ACT 3:

I liked how Homer helped the bear when it was hurt. So humane. All the gags where Homer and the bear were friends made me laugh.  Homer killing all the fish was very clever and funny. Homer helping the bear past the hunters was cool as well.

Overall: Very nice. A
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« Reply #154 on: 12-01-2003 14:00 »

The "Fat and the Furriest " was, in my opinion, the best episode so far this season.

A
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« Reply #155 on: 12-01-2003 20:41 »

That hunter kinda sounded like Duke Philips. Anyone know if Gerrit Graham guest-voiced?
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« Reply #156 on: 12-01-2003 21:41 »

That's who it was! It was killing me, because I know I heard that voice somewhere before.

Oh, the episode was traditionally forgettable. Like much of this season.
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« Reply #157 on: 12-01-2003 23:42 »

Oh my god, this new episode must've been written by a guy different than the one two weeks ago!

Here's some points: many of the things that happened were less realistic this time. Like Nelson sucking up merchandise, though I got a few chuckles out of that. And the first two acts were good, but it went downhill with three when the bear started acting too human.

Best lines in this episode:
"I'd hate to say this to you, but you slags are all right."
"That's right kids, suckle daddy's sugar ball" (though disturbing on some levels)
"I'm an intensive care bear"
-The convo with all the hunters and their gun-cocking

All in all, I'd give this episode a 3/5
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« Reply #158 on: 12-02-2003 00:26 »

 
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That hunter kinda sounded like Duke Philips. Anyone know if Gerrit Graham guest-voiced?

He didn't, the hunter was voiced by Charles Napier, who indeed was the voice of Duke Philips from The Critic.
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« Reply #159 on: 12-04-2003 08:36 »
« Last Edit on: 12-04-2003 08:36 »

Check out this week's episode

 
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From The Simpsons Archives:
FABF01 - Today, I Am a Clown - Confirmed airdate: December 7, 2003 - Written by Joel H. Cohen
When Krusty admits that he never had a Bar Mitvah, he turns to his father Rabbi Krustofsky for help. Later, when Krusty realizes his shooting schedule has him working on the Sabbath he proposes to hire a guest host. Not wanting to hire anyone that will upstage him or threaten his career, Krusty hires Homer. At his first show Homer and his guests Lenny, Moe and Carl win over the audience by talking about everyday subjects like donuts. Meanwhile, Krusty holds his Bar Mitvah at the Isotope Stadium and invites Mr. T to read from the Torah. Jackie Mason returns to reprise his role as Rabbi Krustofsky and Mr. T guest-stars as himself.

The story sounds cool and the Homer subplot will undoubtably be hilarious.
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