Issue #1: Homer 'Mary Sue' Simpson
I had a hard time deciding what to call this because it could be debated whether this is just 'Instant Expert' or 'Mary Sue'. However, for me it's Mary Sue because when he tries to fail, he just cannot, instant experts would be able to fail. Now there's no problem with giving a character jobs that they struggle initially at but can overcome the challenges and be good at said job every now and then. However, when you give a character a new job about once every other episode that they have no problem mastering and have no development for why they are good or why they wanted to do it in the first place, that's lazy. It's basic storytelling 101, we do not care about Homer because there is nothing to care about, I'm just going to break my only rule to show how this is done right. In Deep Space Homer, Homer has no experience or training whatsoever when he is being prepared for a space launch, and in fact when he first gets there, Barney is clearly superior to him in every way and it seems like Homer will fail.
|With Homer's luck, he'll cut her head off|
|... Or not|
|Oh no, he can't fail... we should really pity him|
Issue #2: Continuity? What's that?!
I touched upon this in the review, however I didn't really go into great detail on how little the staff actually cares about simple 5 minute continuity. Allow me to use some visual aides to demonstrate:
|An attempt to understand the storyboard|
- Wiggum lied about the police ball being that night and in reality it was tomorrow night
- Lisa can travel back in time from evening to late afternoon and the kitchen scene took place while Lisa was out stalking Milhouse
- These storylines are nowhere close to each other on the time scale and are in fact happening weeks apart with Lisa deciding to put on her boots and wait an entire day to follow Milhouse and Taffy.
Honestly, option 3 seems like the most feasible one, however, usually the plot and subplots run about on the same timeline unless stated otherwise by the writers. While they do not intersect at any point, they never go out of their way either to establish that Lisa being jealous of Milhouse took place weeks after Homer's hairdresser dream. As further proof of the 3rd option making the most sense, I'll just leave this issue with this last image on your minds:
|The moon can change just like that in a matter of hours... we learn something new everyday|
Issue #3: The entire subplot (Minus the ending)
I really have to stop being so vague about these and be more specific. Yet again though, I found myself unable to pinpoint just one detail about the subplot that I just have to be general again. For starters, I didn't really find the Finding Nemo joke funny (Did I miss something? Was there an event where a child was traumatized by this? Was it supposed to satirize something? I have no clue) and it leads to "Milhouse telling Lisa that he loves her" for the 178th time. Now granted I've seen shows that can do a certain plot multiple times and they will still be good. The difference? They usually add variety to the story, the ending may always be the same, but the variety allows for an otherwise stale concept to seem fresh and entertaining. This on the other hand is a very generic, poorly developed "Lisa grows jealous of Milhouse" plot. The reason for Lisa's jealousy is never explained nor does it really make sense based on the character that we know from the past and even at the beginning of the story. (P.S. Derpy Lisa was not intentional, but gave me a good laugh in editing)
|Clearly Lisa's jealous of Milhouse talking to Taffy, that or she's staring at the clouds outside|
- Her name is Taffy
- She carries inhalers for Milhouse
- She loves Milhouse because he can rhyme (No I'm not making that up)
- She gets jealous of girls that appear to be stalking her boyfriend
|Taffy: I love a man who embarrasses himself, he's like putty in my hands|
So that was my deeper analysis of that atrocity, join me next week for some real pain.