Thursday, April 26, 2012

2nd Year Anniversary, Announcements, and Previews

So yeah, I've been blogging for two years now... go me? Well there's not really much to say, I've been doing this for two years and I've enjoyed my time doing this. I've met some nice people, I've apparently entertained many and despite how much I hate this show now, I do find myself enjoying ripping it apart. Oh well, maybe this will all end soon enough, and then who knows? Maybe I'll take that job over at the up and coming nuclear power plant.

Anyways, there's more to this post than me just patting myself on the back as the title indicates. First up; the announcements:
  • Due to upcoming finals, there WILL be a review for "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do again" (Details later). However, there will be a delay on "The Spy Who Learned Me" and possibly as a result "Ned 'N Edna's Blend" might be delayed.
  • Also, I will do my best to get the newest episode up next week. I was worn down a week ago so I didn't write the script when I should have and took the week off. However, I will do my best to get something up before finals and then after that, it's back up in the air when my Season 1 finale will come (Wait, I have seasons? Since when?!)
  • There might be a lack of content over the Summer, but I will put up a poll soon asking for suggestions (i.e. commentaries on old episodes, short reviews, in-depth analysis, possibly a review of an episode of a different show entirely). I am open to all suggestions
Now that that's all out of the way, time for a preview of the last 4 episodes (Will update with pictures when FOX provides them)

A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again
  • When Bart sees a commercial for the ultimate cruise, he begs his parents for a family vacation. Low on cash, the only way they can go is if each family member sells one valuable. Once they're away, Bart is determined to make the vacation last forever. So he comes up with a plan to make sure they never have to return home.
    • Guest Voices: Treat Williams (Himself) Steve Coogan (Entertainment Director)
Where to begin? First off, I would find the title as slightly humorous lampshading as that's basically the plot to every episode (Do something that will never be done again). However, given how insecure the staff is and how insistent they are about the episodes being put out are quality over quantity (And I'm an alien from Poochie's planet) the title loses humor for me. Second, I can just see Bart asking Homer "Can you take me on this cruise?" and Homer replying with "No!" (About 15 times, or in their case, a good 3 minutes). Third, Bart is determined to go on a cruise that he saw from a commercial and is willing to allow his family to sell their valuables JUST so he can get away?! The term "Selfish bastard" has never been more appropriate. And to top it all off, based on this picture, Bart puts his family in trouble just so he can stay away from reality. Bart's the guy we want dead, right? Wait, we're supposed to care about him? Fuck that, I'm getting my pitchfork and torch now.

The Spy Who Learned Me
  • After suffering a head injury, Homer begins seeing visions of a suave superspy named Stradvaruis Cain, who gives Homer lessons on being Marge's dream man. Meanwhile, Bart finally devises a way to get Nelson to stop stealing his lunch money.
    • Guest Staring: I don't know, but the spy will be someone else
Oy vey, I don't even want to talk about this. Okay the spy story sounds incredibly boring right off the bat, I don't see that one working at all. With the subplot (I assume it's the subplot based on the title, but who knows? Maybe the spy thing lasts all of three scenes like the Kwik-E-Mart bullshit) it apparently involves a coupon book for Krusty Burger or something, why do I see this as Nelson or Bart getting addicted to the burgers as if they were drugs?

Ned 'N Edna's Blend

  • When the town of Springfield discovers that Ned and Edna have secretly gotten hitched, Marge offers to throw them a congratulatory reception. However, bringing everyone together makes them all realize that no marriage is perfect. Meanwhile, Edna tries to help Ned's children become more socially acceptable by changing some of the rules. 
    • Guest Voices: Marcia Wallace (Edna, duh)
*Sigh* I hated this relationship then and I hate it now, and I hate how they keep trying to force it down our throats like "THIS IS CANON! ACCEPT IT ALREADY!!!" But really I just see this as a bland, forgettable episode with nothing special to even make it memorable from a "So bad it's horrible" standpoint.

Lisa goes Gaga
  • Lisa tries to reverse her status as one of the least popular girls in school by ghostwriting positive things about herself on the school blog. When her plan backfires, her social ranking plummets to a new low - until a psychic force tells Lady Gaga that Lisa needs her help. With Gaga's assistance, Lisa and the entire town of Springfield realize that being yourself is better than being like anyone else.
    • Guest Voices: Lady Gaga (Herself, what you think they'd actually attempt a parody? Get real)
Ah yes, the 22 minute long love letter to Lady Gaga... has she released anything of note recently? I know about "Poker Face" "Bad Romance" "Born this Way" and a few others, but outside of "Born this Way" her most famous songs were 2008-2010, now that's not a knock on Lady Gaga, but like a lot of other stuff, it just feels like the writers were too late in getting to her when the spotlight was the brightest. Really this just sounds like a combination of the failed Social Network homage (Was not a parody, they just inserted Lisa into the role of Mark Zuckerberg and went from there) and Michelle Obama appearing out of nowhere to tell Lisa that being herself is okay. Wait a second, the preview says that Gaga arrives to tell Lisa that being herself is okay... GODDAMMIT YOU ALREADY DID THIS TWO YEARS AGO YOU LAZY FUCKS!!! Also, did I just read that right?

  • "until a psychic force tells Lady Gaga that Lisa needs her help."
...I think I just had a small brain aneurysm from the stupidity of that line. 

Oh and one final thing, I got bored and created this little card. Basically it's a bingo card with as many bad cliches of the show that I could think of. For me, it's a way to try to make watching an otherwise boring as all hell show slightly less boring and test if I understand the format better than the actual writers do. Now I know a few of these are rather vague and some seem repeated, but you know what? This was for fun and just something I thought I'd add on for a bit of amusement, so enjoy:

Oh and for this week's episode, check three off already, 2 guest stars, one of the images contains a guest star by himself, and one guest star voices himself.


  1. I/m surprised you didn't call it the fail chart, because this is how every episode has be constructed for the last 5-6 years.

  2. So, with the bingo card does it work by filling up a row, a column or the entire thing filling up? Sorry if it sounds dumb, but I am just wondering.

    Also, will it be used in the reviews frequently from now or always?

    1. Works just like a normal bingo card (5 in a row any way). Although it SHOULD be scrambled b/c this configuration was just a rough idea card.

      Eh possibly, but I will refer to it to point out the themes they overuse.