another from the usb stick
Steal Her Look: Dee Reynolds
apparently when season 9 of the x-files was being shot everyone involved was pretty sure that they’d be able to just keep going with new agents law-and-order-style for at least another decade
imagine a world where the simpsons ended at season 9 and the x-files was still going
the family guy simpsons episode goes “oh bart’s not here, he’s at camp all week guess we won’t be seeing him” and then he appears in the doorway explaining that he got kicked out of camp for gluing a counselor’s buttcheeks together, which is where the simpsons would probably end the joke
but since this is a family guy episode that features the simpsons marge asks how bart would even have access to the counselor’s buttcheeks which leads to “I wasn’t the only one who got kicked out of camp” and so the simpsons is forever worse for having Gone There
the family guy simpsons crossover brings bart in on a “he got molested at camp” joke and god
the simpsons really sucks now but it still deserves better than spending an hour being subjected to family guy’s comedic sensibilities
i also liked what the av club had to say about the simpsons/family guy crossover:
It was as competent a piece of corporate synergy as one could have hoped for. And I reject it completely.
When Stewie jumps in on Bart’s prank phone call to Moe’s with a gleeful, “Your sister’s been raped!” When Meg, seeking companionship from Lisa, shows her gratitude for Lisa’s kindness by capping off a litany of her personal grotesqueries by carving Lisa’s name bloodily into her arm. When Stewie tries to get in good with Bart by ball-gagging and torturing Nelson (and Principal Skinner, Apu, Jimbo, and Sideshow Bob). When Peter and Homer’s fight ends up offhandedly injuring children and culminates in a bloody, tooth-detaching climax. When, in its very existence, the episode allowed Family Guy’s sensibilities to seep into The Simpsons’universe, I felt myself growing genuinely angry.
Look, The Simpsons isn’t what it used to be, and has lost some of its heart over its quarter-century. And there’s a place for deliberately provocative dark comedy predicated on intentional offensiveness (even if Family Guy remains a shoddy example of same). But the two shows are incompatible for one central reason—humanity. Family Guy can cross over with The Simpsons, or any other show for that matter (I nominate Brickleberry, simply so both series will be in one, easily avoidable place) and emerge essentially unchanged because none of the characters have any emotional stakes. Family Guy’s Quahog operates on an unending cycle of mean-spirited cruelty and intermittently amusing (and irrelevant) cutaway gags. So Meg can find the one person in Lisa who can reach through the tiresomely incessant abuse and ridicule she suffers—only to be pummeled back into self-loathing submission to her fate at episode’s end, because who cares? It’s only Meg—she’s fat, and gross, and unlovable, and isn’t it hilarious? For all its accumulating faults heading into its second 25 years (or however long), The Simpsons’ Springfield has room, amidst all the wackiness, for character, and heart, and growth. These shows have different styles of comedy, fine. But only one of them is diminished for having been associated with the other.
S6 Ep5, Filibuster