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On Splitsider's Guide to LA's Comedy Scene

For the record, Comedy Bang Bang is Tuesdays at 8:30, not 8:00, and it's $5, not $10. Otherwise, great guide.

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm 0

On Happy Endings Recap: "You Snooze, You Bruise"

In the future, might I suggest proofreading your article. There are a multitude of typos, errors, and omitted words.

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm 0

On Milhouse-ian Characters: An Appreciation

I think there are certainly Milhouse-ian elements in earlier characters (some examples include, Porky Pig, Bullwinkle, Curly - with Bart as his Moe - and, though more a contemporary than predecessor, Steve Urkel), though I do agree that Milhouse has become the perfect example of that type of character. Where, however, I feel I must argue with you is in your treatment of Homer. Specifically, when you say that Homer is, "also a truly awful human being. He’s a great character to watch, sure, but how anybody could ever root for him is beyond me." I'll give you that later seasons of the Simpsons turned Homer into nothing more than a dim-witted, often mean-spirited, caricature. Yet there are moments (even whole episodes) from the shows prime where Homer's love and devotion for his family cannot be questioned. It's interesting that you bring up the episode where Kirk sings "Can I borrow a feeling," as that episode highlights Homer's love for Marge. When Homer worries that his marriage might be deteriorating and tries to save it, who isn't rooting for him? After seeing that episode countless times, I still get a tear in my eye when Marge returns home and Homer has a second wedding waiting for her. Similarly, episodes like "Colonel Homer," "A Streetcar Named Marge," "The Last Temptation of Homer," and "The Mysterious Voyage of Homer," among others, show that while Homer and Marge may have some issues, the love they feel for each other always proves to be stronger than Homer's ineptitude. And those examples only deal with Marge, but a clear love for his family can be seen in, among others, any episode that deals with the birth of one of his Children ("I Married Marge," "Lisa's First Word," and "And Maggie Makes Three"). There have also been numerous episodes that specifically deal with the bond between Lisa and Homer, I could name multiple episodes, but I'll stop at simply pointing out that in Lisa's Sax, in the middle of a heat wave, Homer sacrifices the money he saved for an air-conditioner to buy Lisa a saxophone (actually he does this twice, as the episode ends with Homer once again making that sacrifice for his child). I won't even get into Homer and Bart, except to say that while Homer may have chocked Bart countless times, he's also stood up for him and, as a result, taken countless beatings for him. And as for Maggie, well let's just say that Homer would have been a lot better off taking Mr. Burns' money for Bobo, but his love for his daughter made that impossible. Even outside his family, Homer has shown himself to be a genuinely good person numerous times. However misguided Homer's actions may be, they are often undertaken in an effort to help someone ("Burns, Baby Burns," "Much Apu About Nothing," and, at least eventually in, "When Flanders Failed," just to name a few). I make this argument not to be a dick who makes long annoying comments on articles, but rather because I love the Simpsons and how complex their characters actually are. I've only recently started watching new episodes again, as for a long time I felt they lost some of the complexity and depth in their characters and turned it into a vehicle for only topical jokes and silly gags. But I truly believe that if you go back and watch what I consider the prime seasons (arguably, about 2-9) you'll find a show that is not only hilariously written, perfectly voiced, and beautifully framed, but also a show that deals with more than simply the lighter sides, but also the trials and tribulations of a family faced with economic struggles combined with an often unforgiving social community. Yet it is through their love for each other, afterall, it's certainly not usually through intelligence or forethought, the Simpson family always manages to persevere. If that isn't the American Dream, than I don't know what is... Or maybe it isn't, either way, it's good television.

Posted on March 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm 0