Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror 17" Review

The Simpsons are back from their mini-hiatus with their annual Halloween episode. Yep, Halloween in November, who woulda thunk it?

The first tale of terror was "Married to the Blob." This rift on the movie "The Blob" was funny, but not hilarious. I got a chuckle out of 50-foot tall Lenny and Invisible Lenny, but little else. Actually, the Dr. Phil did, calling him Jeffrey Tambor did bring a smile to my face. Overall though, this was a so-so opening bit.

The second tale, "You've got to know when to Golem," was also only average as it looked at the Jewish mythical beast. Some Jewish jokes and Fran Drecher and Richard Lewis later, you got a pretty typical story. I was waiting for a circumstion joke, but thankfully it never came.

The final tale was "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid." Though the title was ripped off from a Futurama episode, I enjoyed this story the most. There is something funny about seeing Springfield in another era (or as Lenny put it, in "sepia"). The Orson Wells bit was a great homage (which would have been funnier on Halloween). Of course, the ending of this story echoed our situation in Iraq, but I didn't feel it was controversial as some people were saying it would be. And does Lisa ever tire of being wrong?

This was an ok Halloween episode. Lately, the Halloween episodes have lacked the cartoonish gore of yesteryear. The tales aren't really as scary as they used to be. Still, it is nice to have The Simpsons back again.

3 Title Puns out of 5.


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