Monday, March 13, 2006
So, I nearly turned off last night's episode of the Simpsons just about the time the family fell down a cavern and Homer got stuck. The last two years of the show have been horrendous, formulaic, and disposable, with only about three memorable episodes. However, something happened. The structure changed. We had a story w/in a story w/in a story. The best Monty Burn's and Lisa presesnations we've seen in a while, some great lines, and oh yes, great Moe. Last night's episode was easily the best in 2, maybe 3 years, and some would say even longer. I hope the producers see how much better that episode was than their trite, boring old domestic sitcoms. It wasn't the funniest episode but it was a breath of fresh air. But I have seen the future. If the Simpsons want to remain good, or even remain on TV, they need to be inventive, keep fresh, mess with structure, mess with characters, mess with out expectations. That's what made it the classic it is in the first place.