Ok, I realize that this show likes to recycle plot threads and devices every now and then. For the most part, it's not terrible. But if there's one plot device I never want to see again, it's The Simpsons in the future. I can't think of ANY time in the course of this series where this idea has worked.
There were a couple of ideas with potential, like Maggie as a pop singer (who isn't allowed to speak, due to pregnancy). But how many times are we going to re-visit Old Homer and Old Marge, making the exact same "I'm going to say the word "future", even though it's our present" joke? How many times are we going to see future Lisa and Milhouse paired up?
It's a thumbs down from me. I never want to see this plot device used again for this show, no matter how badass "Terminator Snake vs. Old Apu and the armed-to-the-teeth octuplets" was. And ok, I was immensely amused by Moe's crime scene bar, complete with Sideshow Bob (and rake) chalk outline.
Lisa: My daughter thinks I'm a ruthless tyrant, like Hitler or Prince Harry. Homer: Ho ho ho, Bloody Harry...he brought back beheading in a big way!
I gotta disagree with you. This was the best Future Simpsons episode yet. Bart saying he didn't want kids cause the bloodline needs to end was very smart. Granpa saying he'll live forever then being missing for next years Christmas picture was sad and funny. Ralph's clones were awesome! Crazy Cat Lady in cryogenic freezing? Who would pay for THAT? Apu's octuplet's had octuplets. Lenny and Carl switched brains.
This episode is a wonderful Christmas gift because it will keep giving and giving little things with each viewing. I call this one another home run.
My favorite parts were the Ralph clones and Krusty as Andy Rooney. The rest I could take or leave. I know they like going to the future, but I don't know how many twists they can put on it anymore. I'm sure they can find a few I'm not thinking of.
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I liked this episode. Granted, I don't watch every episode of the last few seasons -- quite hit or miss these days as I prefer the older episodes. (Can't believe "Lisa's Wedding" was way back when in 1995...)
Things I found amusing:
1) Maggie traveling by plane 2) the tree house scene between Bart and Lisa (best scene) 3) Google enslaving half the world.. but still it's an awesome search engine. 4) Dr. Hibbert wearing Geordi LaForge's eyepiece
Definitely an episode where you'll want to watch it a few times to catch everything, especially the photo montage.
A fun episode and easily the best future episode since Lisa's Wedding....though admittedly, that's not a high bar to jump. (I'd forgotten who 'Jenda' was.)
It's comforting to know that in the future, the sarcastic middle-aged guy is still finding employment.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
I think Office is one of the few shows that can easily withstand the added time. So much of the cast are improv veterans that they could probably do a whole episode and plot off the top of their heads and nobody would notice.