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The Simpsons Review: Another Treehouse of Horror

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Like all Simpsons fans, I have a special place in my heart for the annual "Treehouse of Horror" special. And as the first one to air near Halloween in over a decade, I was in an even more festive mood than usual for this year's parody-filled shenanigans.

The Simpsons on Halloween

Similar to prior specials, the episode was comprised of three stories, with an intro and a conclusion. The nod 127 Hours and Aron Ralston? Perfect, as Homer became trapped in Candy Eating Peak. It was actually the ideal length and spot for the mockery. If it stole one of the three stories, it would have been extremely disappointing. But as an intro shared with the Switch Witch? Totally adequate.

Up next came "The Diving Bell and Butterball," a weird choice to parody the French film, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly." But instead of a stroke and blinking, we got a paralyzing spider bite and farting. As much as it was a odd selection to take on, I found it the funniest of the three.

I don't care how juvenile it was, Homer's farting got me every time. His epic poem to the love of his wife? Brilliant. For further communication I will require more beans. I even loved the twist ending where I thought the final spider bite would cure him, only to turn him into a paralyzed Spider-Man.

The middle segment, "Dial D for Diddly," was a forgettable bit about Homer tricking Ned into killing all his enemies through a talking Bible. The only notable parts? Flanders' Wiley Coyote-inspired killing and bringing back Maude Flanders as the Devil's wife. But, man, the latter was a little messed up. Even for a Halloween special. But great on the shock value.

Finally, we ended up with an overdue Avatar parody.  Sure , The Simpsons had previously given us an Avatar intro, but this time around it got the Halloween treatment, as we saw an obligatory return of the Treehouse of Horrors regulars, Kang and Kodos.

Their creative appearance was probably the highlight of the segment, as it didn't do anything funny in parodying the film aside from the leonopteryx taxi and the exo-skeleton within an exo-skeleton.

Overall, it was a fairly disappointing Treehouse of Horror. But, hey, at least I can still laugh at fart jokes.

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Uncle jackass

Okay, it was a bit over the top and melodramatic in certain segments. If I wanted to watch a good Halloween special I think I preferred this year's Big Bang Theory. Sheldon and his nuances to not understanding human interaction is always more funnier. As for the homages: "Dial D for Diddly," was a reference to this season of Dexter's journey for a spiritual journey. So, just like the slow pace of this season, we see Ned Flander's getting messages from Gellar (i.e. Homer). Alternatively, Homer could be a figment of Halloween's figment of imagination; just like the protagonist in Fight Club.

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I thought it sucked, as usual. Particularly "The Diving Bell and Butterball". The whole segment was centered around that one joke at the very end when Homer swings away as paralyzed Spider-Man, and he swings past the "Rest Home for Cast of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark'". Blah! Crap, crap, crap!

Fortyseven

Mediocre. There were some good and funny parts.

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Lame, lame, lame.

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I watched the latest Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, and thought, OK, it's time to pack up the Treehouse. They get worse by the year, and this year's offering? To paraphrase the Comic Book Guy: "Worst Treehouse of Horror EVER!" Worst and most offensive.

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