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The Simpsons: Halloween of Horror (2015)
As Burns would say... Excellent
Unlike the previous review posted on here, I personally thing this was the must down to Earth Simpsons episode in recent years. Despite the very upsetting season premier, Halloween of Horror and Cue Detectives have had some of the most consistently funny and heartwarming moments, and therefore are 2 of the best episodes of the season so far (and best episodes in a LONG time.)
Halloween of Horror revolves around Lisa's newfound fear of Halloween, and Homer's desire to decorate the house but also protect Lisa for the night, after angering a group of pop-up Halloween employees. Various elements in the episode gave this a ''season 2'' type feeling to it, in the sense that it was consistently heartwarming, hilarious, the scoring was amazing, the animation and subtle sight gags were great, and the overall dialogue was very very strong. OH and this was the first time in a LONG LONG time that we've gotten a good town song.
Halloween of Horror was written by Carolyn Omine and directed by Mike Anderson. I hope to see more episodes by these two, and I would not be surprised if this was the episode that scored The Simpsons another Emmy this year. Well done.
The Simpsons: Mathlete's Feat (2015)
There have been much much MUCH worse season finales... trust me
This was a cute one. Not bad, not the best, just there. I liked that it didn't have that cluttered feel like most of the modern Simpsons episodes, but at the same time, certain gags felt out of place. Well actually just one gag in particular: that jug band at the end. I was fixing dinner in between commercials, so did I maybe miss something that may have caused the jug band gag? Or was it just for filler. Oh well.
Btw, the AMAZING couch gag with Rick and Morty was, in my opinion, the best Simpsons crossover since the episode with The Critic. It was witty, well animated, and did justice for both already amazing shows.
Anyways, this wasn't the best season finale, but it also wasn't the worst. And it's good to hear Harry Shearer's characters presumably for the last time here (but hey, the future might have some hope, right?)
The Simpsons: Bull-E (2015)
Best episode this season
In my opinion, Bull-E was one on of the better episodes this season, and really seemed to explore a little bit into the relationship between Homer and Ned.
It starts off, oddly enough, with Bart reluctantly going to a school dance, which impressed me with it's stunning animation during Bart's dance sequence with a 5th grade girl. This eventually results in Bart getting picked on by the school's bullies, and Marge protests the town's bullying by a good old fashion town meeting.
I won't say the entire plot, but there was a lot in this episode that I liked. Primarily the newly established character arcs between Homer and Ned, the animation during the dancing sequences, and a certain line that Moe gets that had me laughing the hardest I've ever laughed this season.
In the words of Lisa Simpson... ''Meh''
This was a cute one, and I generally love seeing the family in the pre- Maggie days (as well as Hibbert's ever-changing haircuts from the past.) I thought this one had great callbacks, such as Grandma Flanders (''Hello Joe!'') Though I did notice her voice was somewhat different from what I remember.
I felt as though this one was a good episode for season 26, but at the same time, some of the elements don't seem to add up. For example, why were the younger versions of the bullies hanging outside in a dark alley? Ah well, I mustn't think to hard about those kinds of things. Not a very memorable episode, but it was an exceptional one. I also love the fact that they brought back the running gag up non-flammable objects exploding.
The Simpsons: Peeping Mom (2015)
After weeks of no new episodes, the Simpsons return even stronger than ever. I had absolutely no problem in this one to be honest, it was a very simple and sweet Bart and Marge episode. There were many people skeptical about this episode being good, after seeing the various posts on facebook about this being another Marge/Bart episode. But because this particular story line hasn't been done before, it seemed very nice and refreshing.
In my opinion, and believe me when I say this, the only difference in the show is the animation. Had this one come out in let's say 1993, you'd love it.
The Simpsons: Waiting for Duffman (2015)
Impressive for season 26
It's always fun to see Homer's latest crazy job, and this one definitely seems to be a fair edition to the collection. Yeah, I rated it a 9, because I absolutely LOVED all of the gags in this one. Homer's bursting eye was disgustingly funny, and the Simpsons kids ruining Ned's pictures of Maude was definitely the best scene in this episode, in my opinion.
It's a great episode and stays true to Homer's good old saying: Alcohol, the problem of and solution to most of life's problems. I'd love to see more of John Frink's writing in future episodes, because this one was really good in my opinion.
The Simpsons: Sky Police (2015)
It would have been nice to see more of Wiggum actually using the jet pack, instead of just for a few short minutes. But it was a nice Marge- centered story, and a very interesting Simpsons story in general. The jokes were all quite cleverly done, however, they seemed to be spaced out a lot in this episode.
It's also very nice to take a break from our usual Simpsons family and instead focus on the church congregation (which is a rare and unexpected group to focus on. Interesting choice.)
Nonetheless, I enjoyed it. Not my favorite, but a good one for the collection. Oh, and Wiggum's sky police song in the beginning was amusing.
The Simpsons: The Princess Guide (2015)
Again, another major improvement
The Simpsons continue to get better, since that god awful episode ''The Musk who blah blah blah''. I was particularly pleased by this one, primarily because it was a very focused story that had a number of amusing gags and quotable lines (I won't spoil it, but the scenes with Smithers and Burns were amazingly well written.) One problem I did have with this episode was the fact that Bart only had about 2 or 3 sentences in the entire episode. While not much could probably be done with him in this story, it would have been nicer to see more of him... but oh well. Still a good one and well deserving of the A rating it received from various critics.
The Simpsons: My Fare Lady (2015)
Even better than the last one
We all know that the Elon Musk episode from a few episodes ago was the ultimate worse of the season. But surprisingly, My Fare Lady and its predecessor are just some hints that maybe they've finally got this mess sorted out (somewhat.)
I was incredibly amused by the amazing pixelated couch gag, and Homer's Jetson parody dream sequence shortly after, proving that the writers and animators can pull off a great parody if they think it give their all (which they thankfully did.) As the episode progresses, we see two of our Springfield residents, Moe Syzlak and Marge Simpson, getting some new jobs that surprisingly enough suit them perfectly. Moe is the new janitor at the Power Plant and Marge is a new Springfield chauffeur. Both occupations work to both of these characters' skills, which was something I adored.
I'm glad these last 2 episodes have been a general improvement as well as a half hour delight, and I can only hope that the rest of the season continues to do as well as this one.
The Simpsons: Walking Big & Tall (2015)
I liked it
I thought this was their best one of the season so far, proving that not only do they still have a creative taste for cartoon humor and violence, but they also still know how to tell a charming story in the midst of all the mayhem.
I was particularly intrigued by the fact that they handled this weeks guest with the proper guest star treatment, instead of making the entire episode about them. I had to make it clear to some people on Facebook that this episode does not revolve around the guest (cough cough Musk.)
Well done Simpsons. It's nice to see another town mob once more.