It's Animation Domination premiere night! ALSO known as the one night a year you can count on me to start four threads and then never touch any of these shows again for the rest of the season! (That's a lie. I occasionally reply.)
Having already shot their "Breaking Bad" wad in an into LAST season, the crack team opted instead for a half hour tribute to the OTHER big non-FOX Sunday show which I also don't watch airing tonight. I feel like I would have appreciated this so much more had I actually been familiar with the source material, which - for me at least - makes this an incredibly odd choice for a season opener. But I suppose it was perfectly fine as far as a "Simpsons" episode goes.
OK, I typed all that before the closing credits extension of the couch gag - THAT was the highlight of the episode for me. I'm not sure what that says. It probably isn't positive.
Yeah, I don't watch Homeland either, but I thought the episode was fine as a stand-alone. The plot wasn't derivative of previous episodes and some of the jokes were hits. That's really all it takes to meet my expectations for The Simpsons anymore.
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