Eh, maybe I wasn't feeling it tonight, but this year's Treehouse didn't really do it for me. I thought Homer's paralysis had legs (EDIT: Hey, I made a funny!), but then it got really silly with the Spider-Man stuff.
Ned going holy terror on everyone was ok, but didn't really feel all that memorable. Although I got a good laugh out of Maude Flanders' first cameo in years.
The Avatar spoof was ok. It wasn't great, but it definitely had a couple of good moments.
All in all, just a "meh" kind of Halloween special.
Someone on twitter said this was the worst Treehouse of Horror episode ever. Given that the individual involved was a 22 year old, I put that down to internet hyperbole. So upon watching it myself I’m not sure where it belongs. I didn’t think it was very funny, yet I did find it interesting / engaging.
I couldn’t help but wonder how a redback spider came to be wandering around Springfield. (I know it was likely a black widow). I think it was the paralysis that threw me, even though that’s more a blue ringed octopus venom type thing. All those primary school first aid lectures forming some sort of conditioned response in me.
The Avatar bit was interesting too. (I must get around to watching that movie). I also found the Bart getting laid bit to clang a bit, and as mentioned above by SchippeWreck I also think that is due to Bart being about 10 years old for the past 23 years.
While not as good as previous treehouse episodes, or even previous episodes this season, what we had here was an episode that I found to be engaging and entertaining, despite not being particularly funny. I can only think that this is due the characters being so well established that when they’re dropped into another universe you want to see how it comes out, even if they’re not making any good jokes. Seth MacFarlane would do well to figure out this phenomenon.
The TV series is a standalone story that takes place in the same universe. There is one very specific connection between the movie and TV series, but it is unnecessary to know what that is in order to enjoy the TV series.