TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 April 2011
Season 9 is generally regarded as the one after the "great" seasons (although personally I feel it worthy of inclusion as a great season). Season 10 is nowhere near the same quality, in as much as the behaviour of all the main characters becomes increasingly stupid and bizarre. Nothing since has hit these heights consistently, and I`m very fond of this season, as I think it contains some excellent episodes and only has a couple of clunkers. If you watched Disc 1 only, you might well have a strong case for including this season as a "bad" one (it`s all relative, after all), but Discs 2, 3 and 4 are outstanding (hence the 5 stars). Here are some of my favourites;
"Treehouse of Horror VIII" - "The Homega Man" - After the French strike Springfield with a nuclear bomb, Homer discovers that he is the only one who survived the attack, until mutants come after him. "Fly Vs. Fly" - Bart uses Professor Frink's teleporter to turn himself into a fly, and "Easy Bake Coven" - In a 1600s Puritan town, Marge is accused of being a witch, which turns out to be true. She flees to her sisters' cave, where the three become the inventors of Halloween. I`m always a sucker for the Treehouse...episodes, and this is an excellent addition.
"The Cartridge Family" - After a large soccer riot leads to an extended period of mob rule throughout Springfield, Homer decides to forgo an expensive security system in favor of a gun. Includes the magical line when Marge discovers Homer has been lying about discarding his handgun - "But Marge, I swear, I never thought you`d find out!"
"Lisa the Skeptic" - Lisa discovers that a shopping mall is going to be built at a site where prehistoric fossils were found. Afraid of there being more prehistoric items at the site, Lisa complains to the developers and starts an archaeological survey at the site. Late into the dig, Lisa unearths a skeleton with bones that resemble wings, similar to an angel's. Homer`s behaviour to the people wanting to see the angel is wonderful.
"Realty Bites" - The last episode starring the great Phil Hartman, as Lionel Hutz. Homer takes Marge to a police-seized property auction, where he buys a sports car that was formerly Snake's. On the ride home, Marge decides to walk because of Homer's erratic driving in the new car. She runs into Lionel Hutz, who is now a realtor. Interested, Marge takes a test to become one, and soon works for a realtor company, Red Blazer Realty.
"Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" - Some people hate this episode, but I love it. On Christmas morning, Bart wakes up earlier than the rest of the family and goes to open his presents. After playing with a remote control firetruck, Bart accidentally starts a fire, causing the plastic Christmas tree and the presents to melt. Bart hides the melted mess, but the next morning, reports to the family that there had been a robber. The news media soon reports this, and the community rallies to their aid and donates $15,000, which Homer spends on a car he soon crashes. However, Bart soon tells the truth to his family; that there never was a robber. The community soon finds out, and demands their money back. The town loot their entire house of everything except a washcloth.
"Bart Carny" - As long as you`re not too sensitive about racial stereotyping, you`ll like this. While the family is at a traveling carnival, Bart accidentally crashes Adolf Hitler's car. To pay off the debts, Homer and Bart get jobs at the carnival by helping with the booths and exhibits, where they befriend Cooder and Spud, a father-and-son carny team. Unfortunately, Homer causes their booth to get shut down, when he does not recognize the bribe Chief Wiggum was asking for. Homer decides to allow the two carnies to stay at his home. The next day, the family goes to a glass bottom boat ride with the tickets Cooder gave them, only to discover their house has been taken over by the two carnies when they return.
"The Joy of Sect" - Excellent anti-cult episode. After encountering two recruiters of a sect called "The Movementarians", Homer attends a session that teaches about their sect, where he is brainwashed to join. Homer moves the entire family to their compound, where the entire family, except Marge, is brainwashed.
"The Last Temptation of Krust" - Krusty episodes are always top drawer. After a rude awakening to his own hackneyed and dated nature, Krusty does some heavy drinking and wakes up in front of the Flanders' house. Bart takes him inside his house and into his room, where Krusty, looking at all the Krusty merchandise, realizes that he has sold out instead of focusing on comedy. Bart invites Jay Leno to help clean up Krusty, and modernize his jokes.
"Dumbbell Indemnity", "Lisa the Simpson", "Girly Edition", "Trash of the Titans" and "King of the Hill" are all excellent too. As is pretty obvious, I really like a vast majority of these episodes and think this is a cracking season. Critics might claim it went downhill after this, but that does mean about 200 episodes before a mis-step...not too shabby, eh?