Monday, December 27, 2010

DVD Review (The Simpsons: The Complete Thirteenth Season)

Finally, I've gotten the 13th season of The Simpsons. While this is supposed to be far of a stellar season, I picked it up anyways. Here's my review for each individual episode, and the season as a whole. Enjoy!


[*] Indicates an "Epicsode"

Treehouse of Horror XII: 4.25/5 I thoroughly enjoyed House of Whacks, and Hex and the City and Wiz Kids were both pretty good. Not the best ToH, but pretty memorable in my opinion.

The Parent Rap: 4/5: A judge sentence Homer and Bart to be tied together. After Marge cuts the rope, her and Homer get their heads stuck in wooden stocks. Decent episode at best.

Homer the Moe: 4.25/5 Homer takes over Moe's Tavern as Moe decides to go back to school in hopes of getting a better bar. After doing so, he regrets it entirely.

[*] A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love: 4.5/5 C.M. Burns meets a girl whom he falls in love with and plans to marry (Played by Julia-Louis Dreyfus) but she ultimately leaves him for Snake.

The Blunder Years: 4/5 Homer gets hypnotized and starts screaming uncontrollably. It's soon found out that he had a run-in with a corpse when he was 12-years-old. That of which was the corpse of Smithers' dad.

She of Little Faith: 3.75/5 Homer builds a rocket with a hamster that crashes into the Springfield church. To raise money, advertisements are plastered everywhere. Lisa decides to switch religions, and is coerced back with Christmas.

Brawl in the Family: 3/5 Maggie calls the police on her own family while they are strangling one another, and get sent to a camp dealie with some guy. Bad episode. Forgettable.

Sweets and Sour Marge: 4.25/5 Marge gets sugar banned in Springfield, but Homer fights to get it back.

Jaws Wired Shut: 4.25/5 Homer breaks his jaw and needs it wired shut. While it's shut, Homer completely changes his attitude on life.

[*] Half-Decent Proposal: 4.5/5 Artie Ziff offers Homer and Marge $1 million dollars to get Marge for a weekend - one of the best episodes of the season.

The Bart Wants What it Wants: 4.25/5 Bart begins to date Rainier Wolfcastle's daughter. Soon, he breaks up with her, and realizes it was a mistake and tries to get her back.

[*] The Lastest Gun in the West: 4.5/5 Bart becomes interested in the cowboy look because of Buck McCoy. Bart soon learns his idol has alcohol and drug problems, and tries getting him back on track.

The Old Man and the Key: 4/5 Grampa begins to date a woman and finds out that the only reason she's really with him is because he can drive. Homer essentially becomes his dad's dad, and bans him from driving.

Tales from the Public Domain: 3/5 This episode contains 3-mini segments involving Homer, Lisa, and Bart, and are from the Odyssey, Hundred Years' War, and Hamlet. A very forgettable trilogy episode.

Blame it on Lisa: 3.25/5 The Simpsons head to Brazil to find an orphan boy. While there, Homer gets kidnapped, and the family needs to find money for ransom.

Weekend at Burnsie's: 4.25/5 Homer gets medical marijuana for his vision, and everything ends up going well for him. Homer on drugs? It's hard to dislike this episode.

Gump Roast: 3/5 In a super forgettable episode, Homer has a run-in with Krang and Kodos. To me, this episode didn't make too much sense, and seemed like it was just an episode full of clips of Homer from previous seasons.

I Am Furious (Yellow): 4.25/5 Bart creates a cartoon titled Angry Dad after Homer and uploads it to the internet. Homer finds out, and is soon infuriated. Stan Lee guest stars.

The Sweetest Apu: 3/5 Apu has an affair with the Squishee lady, and tries his best to keep it hidden from his wife, Manjula -- simply put, one of John Swartzwelder's worst written episodes.

Little Girl in the Big Ten: 3.25/5 Lisa befriends college students to get into college, while Bart gets bitten by a mosquito from China and put into a giant bubble. This episode has its ups and downs.

The Frying Game: 3.5/5 Homer gets arrested for killing a screaming caterpillar, and ends up having to do community service. Ultimately, he and Marge get accused of killing an old lady, but it turns out it was all a hoax and they were part of a TV show.

Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge: 3.25/5 The city loses power and sees an increase crime rate for that reason. As the crime rate rises, the police force dissipates, and Homer and SpringShield control the city.


Well, as expected, this season is disappointing to say the least - there are only 3 "epicsodes" in my mind, and even those episodes aren't exactly MUST SEEs. There are the standard extras, including every-episode commentary, a 6 minute "Best Of Ralph" video, commercials, slide shows, and more. To me, this may just be the worst season yet on DVD. It's not a terrible season, but it's still quite a disappointment.