Simpsons - Treehouse of Horror XX -- OAD 10/18/09

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  1. writdenied

    writdenied New Member

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    Wow, it only took about 15 years for the Simpsons to figure out that if baseball is going to get in the way of showing the Halloween episode right before Oct. 31, it makes more sense to air the Halloween episode two weeks *before* Halloween rather than one week *after.*

    Beyond that, meh. Hitchcock is *suspense*, not *horror*, and although the episode was titled "Dial M for Murder," the basic plot and much (but not all) of the references were to "Strangers on a Train." People eating Krusty burgers and turning into zombies had a nice premise, but devolved into something that's been done at least a couple of times in THoHs already ("The Homega Man," anyone?) The Moe musical was just terrible. I guess it was a "Sweeney Todd" parody, but it wasn't clever and just dragged.
     
  2. Bob_Newhart

    Bob_Newhart My Custom User Title

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    At first I thought this was last year's episode since it was airing before Halloween. I'm glad they started doing that.

    My Tivo cut off the very beginning so I only saw from the point the 4 real monsters showed up at Homer's.

    The criss cross episode wasn't that great. The 28 days later was better (I liked seeing Mole Man's head squished) and the musical episode was God awful.

    In other words, a typical Treehouse of Horror episode.
     
  3. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

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    They've changed the baseball postseason schedule -- in years past, there were no free Sundays in October. (It helps that Fox is no longer carrying all the League Championship Series games.)

    I did enjoy the cold open; thought "Dial M for Murder..." was the best of the three actual stories.
     
  4. twhiting9275

    twhiting9275 TV Buff!

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    What little bit of the cold open I saw was funny. Sadly, Tivo didn't catch it on time, or they started a few seconds early. Tivo tends to do that with Simpsons.

    I loved all the stories, honestly, though the zombie bit was more humorous than the others to me.
     
  5. mattack

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    That's why you should add a 1 minute pre-pad to The Simpsons..
     
  6. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    I did that this season and it helped a lot.

    I liked Criss Cross up to a certain point and then it just got weird. The 28 days later, same thing. Up to a point it was good and then the last few minutes it lost me. The Moe Musical was sad from start to finish.
     
  7. nataylor

    nataylor Curiously Strong TCF Club

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    The funniest line was an ad: Where Mr. Burns intros the Christmas Carol trailer saying "It's the story of a fine businessman who's hounded into acting nice by three socialist ghosts."
     
  8. MickeS

    MickeS Well-Known Member

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    I usually don't like the TOH episodes. This was no exception. :)
     
  9. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

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    and the music was from PSYCHO...
     
  10. Saturn_V

    Saturn_V Now with flavor!

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    North by Northwest music in there too. Who doesn't like Bernard Herrmann?

    Anyone reminded of the FG episode "North by North Quahog"
     
  11. jamesbobo

    jamesbobo with a grain of salt

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    That may be the part that referenced the movie "Spellbound".
     
  12. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

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    Yeah, "Simpsons" has been starting at 7:59:30 for years. Maybe even decades.
     
  13. ElJay

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    Hmm if Herrmann was in every episode I might watch more often.
     

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