Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Retroactive TV Sunday, or How Star Wars is the New Pink


8:00 The Simpsons (FOX)
Knowing how good The Simpsons movie was, and knowing that Stephen Colbert was guest-voicing a part in the premiere episode, I was very excited to see the new Simpsons season kick-off. Sadly, I was not impressed at all. Instead of the refreshing comedy in the movie (albeit never achieving 'classic' status) we got a standard late-Simpsons season episode: not really funny, really good animation, good guest voices with the odd laugh-inducing gag (In this episode it was the opening sequence - completely revamped! and ending with a Spider-pig appearance at the couch). But other than that, nothing from the movie seems to have affected the Simpsons dynamics: why did we get yet another "Homer disappoints family" storyline crossed with "Homer gets a new job (sort of)" storyline? I don't know. Also: not enough Lisa.

Favourite part of the episode: Bart's blackboard reading "I will not wait 20 years to make another movie" (Oh self-awareness! how we love thee)

9:00 Family Guy (FOX)
So, if the Simpsons premiere was underwhelming, the Family Guy one was overwhelming, in many levels! For those of you who have been living under a rock, the one-hour season premiere was a re-enaction of A New Hope, FG style: Lois as Leia, Chris as Luke, etc. And not only was the animation amazing when trying to mimic the 1970s style effects but the inside jokes regarding the popular culture surrounding Star Wars were clever and almost always laugh-inducing. Stewie as Darth Vader was hilarious and the jokes poked at the original Star Wars (I especially liked the "John Williams everybody!" sketch when Luke is gazing at the two suns and the music seems so over the top and you turn and meet the entire John Williams orchestra). All in all it was a treat to watch, even though I am not a regular FG watcher, but this was not an event to miss.
Favourite part of the episode: "Hi I'm Han Solo and the only actor whose career isn't destroyed by this movie" and Leia trying to record the "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi" message and having to ask what "buffering" is and dealing with R2D2's Windows asking her to download Real Player 7 to continue.

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