6 Replies to “Dog of Death”

  1. I always seem to forget how funny this episode is, some gags, like golden Homer, my mind attributes to other ones. If I’d have to guess, it’s probably due to the structure you mentioned earlier.

    Venny, as you call him, shows up again in Last Exit to Springfield.

    I found the page break somewhat strange and rather abrupt. I know it’s because the episode analysis is larger, as is the jokes, lines and stray thoughts but if you have any control over where it breaks, I’d recommend placing it after the recollection instead of after the 2nd paragraph, just a thought.

    Every time you mention Archer I get the hankering to see what the latest seasons are like. I dropped off after Sterling got shot, I enjoyed the season but felt like she show was running out of steam and I haven’t seen any of the coma fantasy seasons, are they any good?

    1. I fixed the page break, it was supposed to be the Read More thing that keeps the sections from being overwhelmed by full length articles one after the other.

      Yeah, the memory thing is related to the structure, because there’s no real plot to remember. Homer goes to space is the plot of Deep Space Homer and so you can remember that as a whole that has parts inside of it. The moments here are great but don’t have anything to hang them on. There’s a lot here, too. Gold Homer is a stellar sequence, the Vet, the Burns scene. Tonnes of modern gems.

      The decline of Archer was unfortunate because the first 4 seasons are amazing. Adam Reed has a real bad habit of caring more about weird running jokes than he does his characters, and the degradation of the depth he’d built in seasons like Archer Vice is disappointing. The coma seasons are a mix. The fresh settings are really just a band aid on the problem, but Dreamland and Danger Island tell actual stories, Archer: 1999 is a bit of a waste of potential. They’re not the worst things around but they don’t touch those first few seasons.

      1. Article looks much better now.

        Flanders being the one to bother Burns about recycling seems odd to me in a way I can’t quite articulate. Perhaps it’s my real life experience with fundamentalist conservatives that makes it feel wierd.

        1. The rightward trend of Evangelicals to include every absurd conservative talking point is a little more of a modern phenomenon. Hell, they didn’t even give a shit about abortion until they were mobilised against Carter.

          Even ignoring that, Flanders has always had a generalised “goody-two-shoes” streak to go with, and was probably a driver of, his religiosity.

  2. Are we in danger of losing the reference game to history, or at least it being a thing we can all play together? Seems to me with so much content out there, we don’t have anything super broad enough outside of what, Avengers, to be universal enough to work as a reference?

    1. Good references will still work within the structure of the show. Even if you don’t know A Clockwork Orange, the sequence with Burns tormenting Santa’s Little Helper is still dementedly funny, possibly even more so.

      Breadth isn’t really important to references, as they are esoteric by design, winks to specific audience members through rarer shared experience. Any of the more subtler uses of intertextuality also eschew the overt. You can’t exactly do a Family Guy style cutaway to shout your clever literary reference and have it still function as subtext.

      At any rate, one should always google any references they don’t get. A: you’ll learn something, and B: you may be directed to something you enjoy.

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