The 13th season of The Simpsons is definitely worth checking out. The golden age of The Simpsons ended a few years ago but its OK because there are some pretty darn good episodes to enjoy as well as some interesting commentary and features for The Simpsons' geeks! The design for this package is game-themed. There's a nice picture of Ralph who stars on the cover this time and he and the game theme follows suit through the DVD's with the features I will mention later. Once again we have the amazing cardboard packaging and the plastic coated backings for the DVD's to rest on. Not fabulous but that's the way it is!
Some interesting episodes are Treehouse of Horror XII where Homer gets cursed by a gypsy, The Simpsons' house tries to kill them when they install new technology (guest voiced by Pierce Brosnan and a quick part from Matthew Perry), and Mr Burns becomes a dragon in a Harry Potter parody. The parent rap features a new evil judge and sentences Homer to be shackled to Bart 24/7! , Homer the Moe has Homer taking over Moe's bar while he's away at college, A hunka, hunka Burns in love (the title is an obvious rip-off of a popular Elvis song!) where Mr. Burns finds a woman! The blunder years has Homer screaming constantly after being hypnotised which uncovers a repressed memory, Homer's Vegas wife shows up again in Brawl in the family, Jaws wired shut sees the return of Artie Ziff, The Bart wants what it wants features guest voicing by Reese Witherspoon where Bart begins dating Rainier Wolfcastle's daughter, Tales from the public domain has parodies of classic stories, Blame it on Lisa sees the family heading to Brazil, Weekend at Burnsie's sees Homer addicted to medical Marijuana in a controversial episode, I am furious yellow has Bart creating a popular cartoon based on Homer and The sweetest Apu has the Quickie Mart owner cheating on his wife!
The special features have as usual commentaries on every episode (Matt Groening appearing in 8 of them - double the amount as in series 14!), sketch galleries featuring original drawings, animation showcases, a language feature, Ralphisms which is recycled clips of some of the best Ralph phrases, The people ball which shows how the design was created for Sweet and sour Marge, The 13th crewman which is about a design for the sail of a boat which has Bart on it!, Blame it on the monkeys is about the controversy that Blame it on Lisa created with Brazil having a very negative reaction towards the episode! Al Jean tells us that the Marijuana episode was fine and had high ratings but the Brazil episode caused many complaints! The games is an interesting feature which takes us through every Simpson's game created up to now and gives an insight into the development of gaming technology. The sweet life of Ralph shows the development of Ralph as a character with more old footage taking us up to this season. There are deleted scenes on many episodes which can be enjoyed during the episodes, after and features commentary as usual.