November 12th, 2007


Aladdin IV: Jafar May Need Eyeglasses

At least once in the Simpsons episode commentaries, the writers have mentioned how cool it is when one of them comes up with a fairly simple idea that they hadn't covered before. I know they mentioned "Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore," which has Milhouse moving to Capital City, in this context. Last night's episode, with Milhouse becoming cool and Bart being jealous, was probably another one of those "Why didn't we do this before?" sorts of episodes. And I thought it worked pretty well. The subplot struck me as essentially one long meta-joke, since we never see anyone's eye color, but we've been told in the past that the characters do have them. Both Bart and Lisa have been mentioned as having blue eyes, I believe. There were several other meta-references again, like Bart asking if the Van Houtens are brother and sister, Homer mentioning brand names (which would have worked better if they hadn't done essentially the same joke a few episodes ago), and Homer telling Bart to stop thinking out loud and then doing the same thing himself.

As for Family Guy, I initially thought there was a chance that they'd restore the status quo without resorting to a cop-out ending, but once Cleveland died, I pretty much knew that a cop-out would be the only ending that would make sense. That said, it was still pretty good, and I liked the cameo appearances by Stan Smith and Deputy Director Bullock (and since the whole thing was a simulation anyway, I guess we still don't know for sure whether Seth MacFarlane thinks of FG and American Dad as taking place in the same universe).

American Dad was pretty good itself this time, although probably the weakest of the three new shows I watched. Roger and Steve's attempts to come up with back stories for their detective characters were funny.

In other news, I had another dream about living in a dorm room again, and this time every dorm room was connected to part of a castle, which was pretty cool. And I'm now having problems with BOTH of my big toes hurting, so I'm not sure what to do about that.