The whole show just felt kinda....weird. Pacing was weird, the show looked overly computer animated (which was REALLY weird, because I always associated them with non-computer animation vs. Futurama). Once again it felt like they fell into the old trap of trying to put in enough dead weight so that they could make syndication cuts (and maybe also time-compress it) some time in the future - why WRITE like that?
I guess my question for all the Variety readers is: was this REALLY the planned Season Premiere, or was it just another episode (on which they slapped a post-movie opening credit series)?
Then again, it DID have Lionel Richie (which I wish I hadn't been spoilered during football ads) but then again again, what a total waste of Stephen Colbert.
Maybe they just want to lower my expectations once again so I can be pleasantly surprised later in the season like last year!
I am dead serious, I think this was the worst episode of the Simpsons I've ever seen. It felt like there were hardly any gags in the show, and the ones that were there weren't funny at all to me. I think I laughed maybe three times during the entire episode, and when it comes to the Simpsons that is not good enough.
Thank you so much. I watch "The Simpsons" sporadically, but I am certainly not a devoted fan. I thought this episode was particularly bland and did not have many good bits. I appreciate the re-enforcement.
CRZ had to edit my profile and close my table for me before, but I did this one all by myself with Frosty's help!
Originally posted by Spaceman SpiffHaven't they been computer-animating the show for a while now? I'm pretty sure I read that they started doing that shortly after Futurama started airing (like a season or 2 after).
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They've been using this method [Wikipedia...I know, I know] for quite a while. I remembered reading something aobut "Tennis the Menace" being one of the first episodes to be animated that way while the show was still done in the traditional cel-animated style.
As for CGI, this is the first episode I've seen that used it that extensively outside the "Homer Cubed" Treehouse of Horror segment. (Note: My Simpsons watching has been sporadic the past four years.)
If I remember right the first six to eight episodes of this season were being made while they were finishing up the movie.
This will explain why the first six to eight episodes of this season will have the over abundance of cgi animation and missing writers who usually bring the really funny gags. They were working on the movie.
For me, the best part of the episode was when they did the long setpiece (the car chase), which is exactly what Family Guy does so many times. (I had actually called them doing a dramatic fight scene, but this will do.)