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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.23
And so season eighteen begins with Metallica, Joey Pants and Michael Imperialmargarine, the typical "introduce a concept in the first five minutes only to completely toss it after the commercial break" technique pioneered by this show which we've all come to know and love, and a show which, when finished, left me the viewer feeling like nothing's happened and I've probably wasted my time. And this is coming in with NO expectations!

I guess I'm just the kinda kid that still expects that for a SEASON PREMIERE you might wanta actually bring something strong to the table, rather than roll out the criminally misused guest stars. Pardon the pun. That pun may actually contain more humour than this episode did. Maybe I'm just grumpy. Anybody else watch it?



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.54
I've long felt The Simpsons really can't sustain a full 22 episode season anymore. It's like a snake devouring its own tail at this point. Every now and then, they can still deliver a really good episode (usually when they visit and rip on another country) but more consistently, they're just repeating themselves. Bart seemed to have no recollection he worked for Fat Tony in the past and Homer has hired, worked with, fought against, and run afoul of Fat Tony multiple times. Fat Tony driving to the Sopranos theme song was also done a couple of seasons ago. And it was also only a few seasons ago when Moe was Maggie's babysitter and described the plot of both Godfather films to her. I think The Simpsons have done more Godfather parodies now than any other movie.

Still, if I laugh at a few jokes per episode, I call it a success. Homer playing with his man boobs ("Man, lady, man, lady") worked for me. I liked Moe and Homer extorting each other. And I liked all the Godfather references.

The one thing that surprised me the most was Homer didn't even appear in the episode until after the first commercial break.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.70
What the heck happened to Otto's voice?



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.04
    Originally posted by Alex
    What the heck happened to Otto's voice?


Sounded the same to me ...

And just to toss this in here somewhere, but am I wrong in assuming that the ONLY reason that "The War at Home" was brought back for another season was so that FOX could run with this stupid "Four Fathers of Comedy" ad campaign that they've got going for Sunday nights?

If so (and I can think of no other logical reason to bring this show back), then I've got a little hint for the FOX execs ... did you guys know that Mike Judge (you remember, the guy that you keep sticking with awful time slots?) has decided - for some inexplicable reason - to bring "King of the Hill" back for another season? If not, then you've probably also forgotten that Hank Hill is also a father (and a cartoon character to boot!) so he would have been a much better fit alongside Homer and Peter and Stan than the wiggity-wiggity-wack Michael Rapaport.

Just a heads-up if any of you guys should be reading this ...





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    Originally posted by Alessandro
    Just a heads-up if any of you guys should be reading this ...
Also, STOP INCLUDING SOUND EFFECTS WITH YOUR ON-SCREEN GRAPHICS DURING SPORTS CONTESTS THANK YOU.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.26
I watched "The Simpsons" purely out of habit last night and as a properly trained viewer/fan I will continue to do the same every week.

Last night's show was okay and I did enjoy Nelson's 180 when he found out he was messing with Fat Tony's son. Hoping that next week's episode is stronger though.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.96
Otto did sound a bit off, but I'm sure it was still Harry Shearer. On a related note, was this the first time Lunchlady Doris talked since Doris Grau died? It was so spot on that it took me a few moments to realize how odd it was.

EDIT: Oh, and you have no idea how frustrated I am that "The War At Home" is back on the air, but "Arrested Development" isn't. (And I know that TWAH got way better ratings and, believe me, I find that to be the most frustrating thing of all.)

Interesting fact - if you take "The War At Home", throw in the word "fuck" and copious amounts of inexplicable frontal male nudity, you get "Lucky Louie". And it still sucks.

(edited by OlFuzzyBastard on 11.9.06 1546)


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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.57
    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
    Oh, and you have no idea how frustrated I am that "The War At Home" is back on the air, but "Arrested Development" isn't. (And I know that TWAH got way better ratings and, believe me, I find that to be the most frustrating thing of all.)


Frustrating indeed, although Arrested never ever received the full luxury of getting the rub (of suck) from being sandwiched between both Simpsons and new Family Guys like War did. I think if Fox wanted to they could've hid the show there for some time and reaped the critical rewards. But what's done is done and a beyond braindead show is being sustained through no power of its own instead.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.88
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Bart seemed to have no recollection he worked for Fat Tony in the past and Homer has hired, worked with, fought against, and run afoul of Fat Tony multiple times. Fat Tony driving to the Sopranos theme song was also done a couple of seasons ago. And it was also only a few seasons ago when Moe was Maggie's babysitter and described the plot of both Godfather films to her.


I was wondering when Fat Tony's wife died. When Marge was in the pretzel business Fat Tony's wife was very insistent he get the "pretzel monies."
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.26
War at Home did better than expected last season, mostly because it had a sweet timeslot. Because it overperformed, and because it's a really cheap show for Fox to make, they brought it back for another season. Now, I may be wrong, but I bet without the ratings bost provided by the Simpsons/Family Guy middle slot, we see War at Home's ratings drop to the point where it won't be around for a 3rd season.
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I thought the Simpsons was serviceable last night, and the complete lack of recognition of past episodes (as JohnO pointed out) doesn't even bother me anymore because they do it so often. I thought the story was pretty okay, and I thought for sure Lisa was going to fall for this kid.

And unlike others, I thought Homer's obsession with his man-boobs was just plain creepy, especially his "moaning" toward the end.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.28
I thought this episode was very subpar, and had way too much gross-out/creepy humor. I'm not against gross-out humor per se, but it doesn't really fit with The Simpsons and they don't do it nearly as well as, say, South Park or Drawn Together.

Not worst-episode-ever territory (that's "I D'ohBot"), but not up to the standards of even recent Simpsons.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.04
    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
    Not worst-episode-ever territory (that's "I D'ohBot")


Wait, is that the one with the "BattleBots" parody? Come on, that was funny ...

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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.62
When you are breaking out the chopper from Godfather III, you really need to find a new movie to steal ideas from.
They were able to get away with having new content in the season premiere the past several seasons with it being the Little Treehouse of Horrors episode. Has to be at least 7 or 8 years since they didn't have that crutch for a season opener.
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    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
    Not worst-episode-ever territory (that's "I D'ohBot"), but not up to the standards of even recent Simpsons.


I love how on the TiVo guide, that episode comes up as I (Annoyed Grunt)Bot.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.41
[quote Toast Jr} I was wondering when Fat Tony's wife died. When Marge was in the pretzel business Fat Tony's wife was very insistent he get the "pretzel monies."


Fat Tony had a line where he said his wife was "whacked by natural causes."

(edited by John Orquiola on 12.9.06 1205)


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