Probably the weakest Treehouse episode in years. You know the shark has been jumped when a Treehouse of Horror episode fails to deliver the goods.
"E.T., Go Home" was solid enough, as the Space Aliens are always good for some laughs. Bart trying to wheel away Kodos was good for a chuckle, but the good stuff came when the aliens were getting blown away. It was all downhill from there, unfortunately.
"Mr. and Mrs. Simpson" was decent at best, but it's at this point that you can sense they lost the point of what Treehouse episodes are supposed to be. They're supposed to be parodies of scary, Halloween-type stuff. If I wanted to see a parody of a bad Hollywood film, I'd flip on Robot Chicken.
"Heck House" was starting to pick up steam, but ended abruptly. The Seven Deadly Sins showcase was good stuff and could have been cool, but just as quickly as it began, it just suddenly ended. I did, however, appreciate the brief Spider-Pig cameo.
Overall, there wasn't enough good material, WAY too many political jabs (the RNC gets blown up, the kids agree not to sin and to fight in wars), and worst of all, not nearly enough actual comedy. The laughs just weren't there this year. Thumbs down.
"Wocka Wocka...who wants to hear a funny-ass joke?"
See I disagree, I was laughing pretty hard throughout, especially in the Mr. and Mrs. Smith parody (yes I know its not halloween parody but at this point there isn't that much scary stuff left to parody for them as this is the 18th installment of this). Especially during the dinner scene, I could barely breathe I was laughing so hard. The ET segment wasn't bad, and the Heck House was pretty funny.
Lisa: Poor predicatble Bart, always picks rock Bart: Good ole rock, nothing beats that
It can be argued that the Treehouse of Horror hasn't delivered the goods in years.
This year's was just...odd. The opener was weak. Then I really rolled my eyes when I saw the intro to "Mr. and Mrs. Simpson". Oooh...a Mr. and Mrs. Smith parody...how FRESH. Turns out I was wrong and it was pretty hilarious. The throwing star gag KILLED me.
Then they wrapped up the night with the single worst segment in Treehouse history. Lisa's joke about her punishment not being any less severe elicited a giggle, but that's it.
I miss the framing devices. I liked it when there was a reason for three stories being told, like when they all told scary stories at a Halloween party.
Did anybody find that the quality of animation was pretty poor? Kind of like when Japanese anime companies out source episodes to animation studios in Korea. It wasn't horrible, but it was especially distracting during the "Mr.+Mrs. Smith" parody.
Thumbs down for me. I thought they wasted Chase and Aykroyd- I don't know if they had one funny bit the entire episode. And I agree that the Improv sub-plot didn't work either, aside from a few of Peter's ill-timed John Wayne impersonations.