12 Replies to “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwek”

  1. I do enjoy the “person from the ‘real’ world visits Springfield” episodes, especially Radioactive Man and Homer’s Enemy, though for some reason this one doesn’t seem to click as well for me these days. Possibly it might be because Homer getting only $25 seems a little too depressing and it takes up a bit much of the first act, as you’ve pointed out.

    Come to think of it, a lot of sitcoms from the 90’s seemed to have an episode about a foreign investors buying the protagonists’ place of work, the Drew Carey Show springs to mind.

    1. Massive buyouts by foreign investors were a big thing in the 90s. The Germans were originally going to be Japanese, but they opted not to as it was so frequent a thing to be cliche.

      Radioactive Man skews a little outside the “normal person” thing because they are part of a core joke that the Hollywood types are more normal than Springfield’s citizens. So they are real only as a function of a joke.

      Homer’s Enemy has a lot of solid jokes, but they are at the expense of the story world and to an obnoxiously meta degree. It always surprises me that the episode rates so highly. If this episode doesn’t click, I’d bet Homer’s Enemy will have worn out its welcome as well.

      1. I suppose one of the reasons Homer’s Enemy clicks so much for me has to do with knowing how ultimately dark the episode becomes and the ending is like nothing I saw at the time, so I guess nostalgia. I can see how the meta would grate, it just doesn’t seem to bother me as much.

        I like it for the same reason I like the recent Uncut Gems, you have this oppressive one damn thing after another plot where just when you think nothing else can go wrong, even more shit happens. It is different because most of the movie’s bad shit happens because of the protagonist while Grimes’ misfortune happens on the whims of fate, much like how you pointed out the differences between Moe and Milhouse.

        1. The fact is, the episode IS funny. There are a bunch of episodes deep into the mortal wound territory that are very funny in spite of being bad. “Kill the Alligator and Run” is an awful, awful episode but it’s damn funny.

          It’s less that people enjoy the episode and more that it’s frequently topping Best Episode lists that blows my mind.

          1. The Best Episode thing is probably because of how dark the ending is, I’d wager. It’s the kind of thing that sticks out in the mind.

            Kill the Alligator and Run feels like they tried to shove too much wacky in at once, it feels like 5 episodes going on at the same time and the ending is asinine

      2. Homer’s Enemy followed by The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase Spectacular feels almost like the logical end point for the series. Both are extremely meta and seem to feel like the writers saying ‘fuck it, lets see just how far we can stretch the Simpsons reality before leaving it’. When they aired they were pleasant abnormalities, now they are pretty much the norm for modern Simspons. Reminds me of the last season of Seinfeld except instead of going out on top they just kept creating rehashes of the few interesting experimental episodes.

        1. The Spinoff at least functions a bit like a Halloween or other non-canon episode, but yeah, part of why they worked was their novelty status was confirmed through their rarity. They ultimately functioned as wounds to the series, holes that kept bleeding, but an animal with a few bleeding holes can still walk for a while.

  2. “Marge acting like $5200 is going to be the thing that saves the family is odd. Like, really? I could understand if it was that a week, but that’s a paltry lump sum to be dazzling to anyone not living in a trailer and trying to scrounge up meth money.”
    That’s basically how much I have in my savings account. Feels bad, man.
    (Not to mention that that’s like $15k in today’s money, after inflation and converting to AUD)

    1. I have less, much less, and even with the conversion, good though it may be, it’s not enough to warrant the reaction it gets. Marge literally describes it as the “miracle we’ve been waiting for” and says “Kids, I think everything is going to be okay from now on.”

      If you gave me 15,000 today, I’d be thrilled, but not “everything’s okay from now on” thrilled. The episode should have set up a problem or something that the sum would solve, otherwise, it’s still a wild overreaction. A few million or something, alright, that’s “we don’t have to worry anymore” money. But even 15,000 is only gonna last me about a year on my current expenses. It’s a sum that covers rent, but doesn’t buy a house.

      1. Maybe it’s a Malcolm in the Middle situation where the family’s standards are so low that even their miracles are boring?
        Setting it up with an unanticipated expense would have been a good idea though.

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