Simpson's 500 - Not Out
So, if you may or may not know, the Simpson's 500th episode was aired on Sunday night in England. + Show Spoiler +
This is a crazy feat for an animated TV show that has spanned over TWO decades! The animated comedy is in its 23rd season, making it the longest-running primetime scripted programme on US TV, an amazing feat to say the least and it must be respsected. It also has been confirmed and contracted to do another 2 seasons; thats another 59 episodes from this last episode of release making it a staggering 559 episodes and probably taking it to its 23rd year anniversey.
Was aired February 26th 2012 in America, we slack behind
Now onto the episode..
Warning spoiler of the episode, stop reading here if you do not want to know what happens in the episode
The episode guest stars non other than Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange, which at the time of it being aired in the UK is actually hilarious! The episode is all based on Springfield finally kicking out the Simpsons from the town after all the problems and money they have caused Springfield to lose and how the towns people have finally had enough. With that being said, it soon spirals into a funny tale of the Simspons living in the outback making ends meat with just what is around them and living next door to none other than Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange.
They make some funny lines as well about the kind of house he lives in and if it is safe enough for him. It moves onto Lenny first making the move in to the outland to re join Homer as he misses him which is soon followed by Carl. They are sat having home made beer Homer made and Moe turns in a predictable Moes Cavern bar he made expecting Homer and pals to come by and drink beer there. Bit of a silly few minutes happen, and the next minute everyone in Springfield has moved to the Outland and starts building a new Springfield, which funnily enough see's the departing of Julian Assange.
So how do you rate a Simpson's epsiode after 499 predecessors have done pretty much everything i can think of? Well lets put it down as a rating out of 10 for starts. In my opinion due to it's sheer number of viewers and such prestige in prime time ratings, it has to be a minimun 5 out of 10. However, in terms of creativity with this episode, they could of done so much more, how about making this into a nother 2 part episode, another to be continued. We have not had one of those in the Simpson's since Who Shot Mr Burns? episode's in 1995. Had an easy place to bring that back in to celebrates it's 500th episode and tell the story a bit more.
As usual this episode felt like it was being forced to be written into a 25 minute time gap and missed alot of potential good scripting. It had it's standard 10 minutes of comedy gold which is a custom in the newer Simpson's episodes and alot more questionable story directions too. Overall it has probably been one of the better episodes of this seasons batch, but still not a patch from an episode in it's prime.
Overall i will give it a 7 out of 10
The brand still grows everyday that is The Simpson's from having it's on theme park area in Universal Studio's, to being able to sell merchandise world wide, it has been given the Holywood treatment and hit the big screens as well as having more celebritity voices than anything else. The Simpson's is huge and it is a great franchise whether you like it now or don't, it deserves to be respected, hense this blog. Well done Matt Groening and Co