This is one of And besides, you can’t like, own a potato, man, it’s one of Mother Earth’s creatures. Listen as we struggle to make it through “Saddlesore Galactica,” a tipping point between the classic “The Si But “Saddlesore Galactica” is just dumb filler that happened to cross lines of audience tolerance that the writers weren’t even aware existed. Saddlesore Galactica Commentary by Matt Groening, Mike Scully, George Meyer, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Tim Long, Matt Selman, Tom Martin and Lance Kramer Alone Again, Natura-Diddily Commentary by Mike Scully, George Meyer, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Matt Selman, Jim Reardon and Mark Kirkland Missionary: Impossible Print this page. “Saddlesore Galactica”, coming two and a half worsening seasons later, had many more bad episodes to hide amongst than “The Principal and the Pauper”, but manages to make a strong case for second place on the infamy list by doing essentially the same thing: having a main premise that is elementally, painfully and incomprehensibly bad. This is the crucial failing of this episode, the one bad rivet that sends the whole bridge crashing down the ravine. “Okay, we’ll do a different song. It’s like a Middle Earth elf crossbred with one of those racing jockeys from the Saddlesore Galactica episode of The Simpsons. Icon courtesy of u/generalecchi. When Homer flings himself out of the power plant and crashes the car while singing the Flintstones’ theme in “Marge vs. the Monorail”, it doesn’t affect the story, it’s just a funny way to open the episode. I also like Largo’s "fuck it" statement when he storms off saying they all sound the same anyway. Below that, however, it’s also funny because it demonstrates how narrow minded and out of touch the writers had become by Season 11. Mad Jon: That being said there are a couple of good lines. Mad Jon: I know we always talk about how off Maude’s voice is this season, but this is the most standout to me. A corporate executive who basically is the embodiment of everything Frank Zappa despises can perfectly replicate something, whether it be music, a book, a video game, anything, but it will always lack the appeal that brought it to their attention in the first place. But by Season 11, there weren’t too many people left who were still saying it’s as good as it’s ever been. Mad Jon: I hate the whole "We know we’re out of ideas, so we beat you to pointing it out" crap. Only it was a little too successful. With Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith. 8:00 – Duncan struggling to get to the side of the pool gets a big laugh. Saddlesore Galactica Saddlesore Galactica Created By Matt Groening Developed By James L. Brooks Matt Groening Sam Simon Executive Producer George Meyer Executive Producer Al Jean Co-Executive Producer Ian Maxtone-Graham Co-Executive Producer Ron Hauge Supervising Producer Julie Thacker Supervising Producer Larina Jean Adamson Producer Larry Doyle Producer Tom Martin Producer … The good that makes the bad just a little bit badder. The contrast with the commentary from “The Principal and the Pauper” is stark as hell. Let’s get straight to it, because I got something to rant about. because a lot of workers really like candy.” – Homer Simpson “We understand, Homer. Mad Jon: I think my heart rate is up 20 bpm right now just thinking about the end. This is a stupid stupid choice that probably no one else will agree with, BUT, I’m still gonna say “Saddlesore Galactica”….. thyco says: February 24, 2016 at 11:34 am Charlie Sweatpants: I do like the one jockey asking the other if he’d like to race clockwise. Who cares? 10:00 – Nervous laughter during Homer’s pearl fantasy. I think it was because it focused more on the well-timed comedy and was very on-point with it's premise, compared to last ones that felt bit too mean-spirited or kind of dragged on with various strange scenarios instead. Charlie Sweatpants: When Lisa thinks Marge is getting a gambling problem, and he says "I’m watching you". One love. He inadvertently humiliated Lisa in front of her entire school, and then compounds his error by thinking he can make it up with half assed gestures like ice cream and tea parties. But instead of being tucked safely into a real story like it should’ve been, the jockey elves were put on center stage and left out to dry. Press J to jump to the feed. Keeler was consciously challenging the audience and fell short; by contrast, they not only thought they were going to disappoint their audience and didn’t care, they couldn’t even correctly identify the audience’s main problem with it. For the fourth summer in a row, we here at the Dead Homer Society will be spending some time discussing twelve year old Simpsons episodes. Does anyone care how this is drawn? 15:00 – Monocle joke doesn’t get much of a laugh. Nervous laughter all around. Unfortunately, all of these lines are just speed bumps on ever increasing suck pit that is this episode. The yellow family broke down the doors for animated comedy, and without them, shows like "South Park," "Family Guy," "Beavis and Butthead," "Futurama," "American Dad," and "King of the Hill," would not even exist. This is a subreddit best viewed via old reddit. That the show felt that it was both necessary and okay to rest entire episodes on overly absurd ideas was still surprising in Season 11, which is why the phrase “jockey elves” sends shivers up the spines of so many Simpsons fans. Now, the only expressions a character can have when they’re not explicitly the focus of whatever half-baked storyline they’re putting out is either the aforementioned “Stare into the distance blankly, often with mouth slightly agape” or the brand-new “Stare into the distance blankly EXCEPT NOW YOU SMILE WOAAAAH”. [Note: Dave couldn’t make it again this week. Of course, Bush the Younger never really got touched by Zombie Simpsons, but commentaries are safer places to express opinions. Shoutout to Charlie for giving me the opportunity to write this. TwitchCon observations (21:45). Duncan ends his episode checking out horse photos with Homer and Bart before Bill Clinton walks into the living room. They run him through a few goofy scenarios, give him a nose ring (which I’m sure he loved), and try to make him into some kind of bad boy horse in a hapless attempt to get a few shock laughs. Charlie Sweatpants: Like I said, things kept getting zanier and zanier. So that is why we decided to make a fun lil reminder out of it. Although there is no exact date when the "Golden Age" started and finished, most critics say seasons 3-8 were the prime seasons during The Simpsons tenure. The show is about to end, so maybe it's a bit rushed? Ralph's father, Chief Wiggum, doesn't seem to take his own job too seriously. Hmmmmmmmmm?. The Watterson's aren't foreign to committing machiavellian acts, so it was welcoming to that they didn't get away with their wrongdoing. Princess comes into and out of the Simpsons life in accordance with what’s going on with the family. I wouldn’t put it past them. Saddlesore Galactica was, like, an intentional attempt to make the worst episode possible as a joke, or something? As a concept, “all jockeys are really elves” fits in well with those. And to dispel any mystery up front, yeah, this episode blows. 8:15 – Larry Kramer is on talking about how they took the time to learn how horse’s ankles work so that everyone would know how to properly animate the horse. By this time, the Simpsons had converted to HD animation. Why Season 11? The scenes between apologetic Homer and apathetic Lisa are another example of just how thoroughly well constructed The Simpsons was. They turn it into a racehorse with an attitude, whose success runs them afoul of mysterious, tree-dwelling jockeys. [Ed note: Eww.] Pin. Listen as we struggle to make it through “Saddlesore Galactica… Ever since I started thinking about how this show has declined other than “eh it’s not as good, I guess”, since I read the very first word of this site’s manifesto, what’s pissed me off the most, got me to pause whatever platform I’m watching the show from, made me draw characters on my toilet paper to properly represent where their shenanigans can go, was the way the animation has gone. Today’s episode is 1113, “Saddlesore Galactica”. Everything is technically sound, but what it misses is the actual substance behind it. And two new characters…? 1:00 – They’re giggling about the title, and this already feels far more like Season 13 or 14 than it does 8 or 9. Largo only wanting to play the same old standbys, the Simpsons at a fair, Homer making 1970s rock references. Because of that, all this is, sans context, is just Homer and some guy driving around with a bunch of weirdly-shaded gunpowder containers. All of them look like they’re in stasis, waiting to be used, to be actually in some semblance of a sensical story. This thing had a nose ring. There are definitely some I'm missing, so please don't hesitate to tell me if there are any I'm missing. Pygmoelian. As Comic Book Guy would put it, these are the worst Simpsons episodes EVER. 13:45 – Nice backhanded compliment from Groening there as he compliments the emotion of the episode and says he’s looking forward to where this goes. It’s so unexpected and plainly stupid that, like Skinner being an imposter and then everything going back to normal, you have to wonder how anyone, let alone professional comedy writers, could ever have thought it was a good idea. Even though it’s obvious to anyone with a functional frontal lobe and a shred of morality, we feel the need to include this disclaimer.

The family goes skiing and Marge manages to break her leg while the rest of the family is out on … By comparison, the repeat of the horse gimmick barely rates a mention. Keeler and company state repeatedly that they had a lot of stuff that got cut for time, and Keeler clearly had some bigger ideas he was trying to get across. That's…, Denigrating Simpsons fans didn't work well for the incumbents back in 1992, you smarmy little bastard.…. It's not as mean-spirited as a lot of "Watterson family" episodes end up being. Today, though, I’m here to properly shed some light on something else. Since Skype and podcasts didn’t exist in 1999, and we want to discuss these episodes the way the internet intended, we’re sticking with the UTF-8 world of chat rooms and instant messaging. Upvote and downvote arrows courtesy of u/A_Handkerchief. The "Golden Age" ended for … A podcast about The Simpsons by people who love The Simpsons about how much we hate The Simpsons. 1:50 – That leads to them saying how funny they thought it was when they rewatched it for the commentary. Charlie Sweatpants: "Duncan" in this episode is basically like Air Bud, only without any of the intelligence. It has been described by 's Nancy Basile as one of the season's worst episodes, by Marco Ursi of Maclean's as the worst episode of the series, and has frequently been cited by fans as an example of the show jumping the shark . 5:40 – Someone wonders how they picked “Living in America”, which causes Meyer to joke that it was Michael Dukakis’s campaign theme song so that it certainly has hip credentials. Crowd: No! Why WW2 made Vietnam worse (43:30). That same core emptiness is why Bart has basically nothing to do in this episode despite ostensibly being the Simpson closest to the horse. The only part of the episode I guess you could call good was the long unconscious taking-picture sequence near the end, which I would normally say dragged on for a bit too long, but I won’t since there wasn’t much else in this episode. Synopsis: The Wattersons are forced to rent their house to a pair of elderly fainting goats. Mad Jon: Yeah, the good lines aren’t even an apology. “The Simpsons” is (unfortunately) the intellectual property of FOX. I’m beginning to think this “job” of his is just an excuse not to watch Season 11.] Zombie Simpsons has now achieved Lisa Trevor status, and is shuffling around the Earth, surviving all attacks against it whilst desperately calling out for a remnant of it’s past. This Thanksgiving Day features three Link:, "All I know is I want my memes dank and none of that cheezburger weak sauce!". I honestly can’t tell if he’s being sarcastic, but there’s not enough time left to tell if he was or not. It’s a pity the episode didn’t follow that up and actually have the school band sound like, you know, a school band instead of professional musicians during the competition. This episode isn’t any more watchable than “The Principal and the Pauper”, but that episode at least had enough thought put into it that the commentary could be interesting and relevant. This is hard to do well. "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily" BABF10 241 February 20, 2000 The u/HotWingsObsession community on Reddit. The yellow family broke down the doors for animated comedy, and without them, shows like "South Park," "Family Guy," "Beavis and Butthead," "Futurama," "American Dad," and "King of the Hill," would not even exist. Also, I might be the only one to note it, but the goats felt like their style was inspired by Crayon Shinchan-series, though crossed up with the usual Gumball-style used on it's 2D-characters. 15:40 – Comic Book Guy’s second appearance just gets noted as one of an unusual number of callbacks in this episode. ... [for me] for a long time and it was the episode “Saddlesore Galactica” and that was the first where I was like “this isn’t good.” and I was still pretty young, and I was like “I don’t think I can watch Simpsons anymore”. 22:20 – Groening thinks the jockey thing was great. This could be some one-off joke; it could be a pivotal point in the storyline; it could be it’s climax; shit, it could probably pass for those time-consuming couch gags. Episodes like “Bart to the Future,” “Alone Again Natura-Diddly,” and “Saddlesore Galactica” might represent early low points for the series, but like the Joker movie, the controversy those episodes invited makes them fascinating. They turn it into a racehorse with an attitude, whose success runs them afoul of mysterious, tree-dwelling jockeys. That was one of the highlights of my life, working with those guys. Mad Jon: The Vietnam vet crap was a prelude to a Jerkass-ness that just, wouldn’t, stop. How sad. (originally aired February 6, 2000) This is a pretty infamous episode, and if you’re a fan, you know why. Oh, and did I say this episode didn't live up to its name at all? We mentioned before that FXNOW would be streaming every episode of the Simpsons, but Nerdist points out:So, it's happening: from August 21st thru September 1st, FXX has decided to … Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 3:50 – Scully (I think) comes on to note that he doesn’t know how many set pieces they’ve done at various fairs, amusement parks and the like. They know that this episode is reviled by fans, but instead of opting for the Oakley-Weinstein-Keeler approach and taking the criticism in stride while attempting to explain what they were doing, they just sit there and endure it, offering nervous laughter, empty self deprecation, and “well, I like it” type statements all the way through. “I forgive you.” – “D’oh! Darwin's cherub facial expression juxtaposed to his unpleasant idea was a good way to execute a dark joke in a children's show. 11:00 – More or less the same as we see Marge use her fire extinguisher for no reason. When they show Vishnu working switches at the center of the Earth in “Bart vs. Australia”, it doesn’t change any other scene, it’s just a background gag to keep things lighthearted. They’re hiding behind Comic Book Guy, and in doing so are also showing just how out of ideas they really are. Everyone else, from the formerly three dimensional main characters, to the background characters, all have blank looks like they just got lobotomized. Hey everybody, you have arrived at the official home of WEE Studios, and their podcasts Worst Episode Ever (A Simpsons Podcast), 90s Percentile, and Sync Points.. Comic Book Guy: Excuse me, but I believe this family already had a horse, and the expense forced Homer to work at the Kwik-E-Mart, with hilarious consequences. Shaun White would love it. After all, we are from the land of chocolate.” – Horst “Mmm, the Land of Chocolate.” – Homer Simpson. He then says that Ray Bradbury knocked the show as well. Mad Jon: At least a golden retriever is cute. 15 Quotes From The Simpsons That Will Stick With Us Forever The Simpsons is the longest-running scripted series in U.S. history, so it's bound to have a few hilarious jokes that rise above the rest! Since then it’s been pretty much the same, up to and including Season 23, where a super powered Lady Gaga, an immortal talking bar rag, and swarms of magic robots (twice!) Omnivores have a distinct genetic advantage over obligate herbivores and carnivores because they can eat almost any protein available, sometimes even carrion, depending on … Believe me, man, I wouldn’t be so expansive in my rage if I thought the Simpsons was okay. We all forget I just said that. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! This is not getting off to a good start. 16:45 – Tom Martin apparently went to high school with the trumpet player from Cake, but they didn’t use the original song for the montage and then apparently they went back and redid it with the real song instead of a sound alike. You look at this picture, and you have the 0.003333333% of Simpsons knowledge that everyone who’s never watched it does, you know what’s going on. Mad Jon: I remember that part, but the only note I have after the suicide note I wrote when Homer went into the jockey locker room is a question about how any sanctioning body would allow a 10-year-old to compete professionally. Called “Saddlesore Galactica” (where Denman called races at Springfield Downs). It kinda worked in Season 8, when things were still strong. Saddlesore Galactica. Anyways, my point is that you can’t. This is a subreddit best viewed via old reddit. Indeed, it is. Eight, in this case: Tim Long, Tom Martin, Mike Scully, George Meyer, Matt Groening, Matt Selman, Ian Maxtone-Graham, and Lance Kramer. Now, it’s all well and good to curbstomp “Saddlesore Galactica”, and I’d like to do it a bit more (maybe later, if you’re up for it), but that is not the extent of my problems with this style. This is an example of how crap the Simpsons has become. It’s still good!”. This is a straight downhill episode. This is naturally a sub-trope of Self-Deprecation.See also Parody Assistance, wherein people involved in the production of a show help in the production of an otherwise unaffiliated parody of the show; and Adam Westing, a specific type of self-parody centered more around individual actors and … Worse than hating him, she gives up on him, which is why she endures all of his pathetic attempts to please him with the resigned affectation of someone who just wants the other person to go away. This is easily one of the darkest and most mean-spirited episodes of the show. I wanna precede the following fancy version of saying “Fuck this show” by noting that the problem does not lie with the use of HD. The 15 Best Seasons Of The Simpsons, Ranked The Simpsons has been on the air for over 30 years. Check It Out. In our silly lil game, we sometimes see things pop in that we have no clue as to their Origin. We and our crack team of one (1) lawyer believe that everything on this site falls under the definition of Fair Use and is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Little Big Mom Homer: Okay, don't panic. They aren’t, of course, because this episode prioritizes edgy horses and here today, gone tomorrow jokes about Bill Clinton, but I digress. “Well, uh, I wish the candy machine wasn’t so picky about taking beat up dollar bills . When Homer hocks himself further to Mr. Burns to buy her the pony that has always been her fondest desire (all the way back to “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”), his moon shot present so astounds Lisa that her earlier humiliation is instantly forgotten. More. Of course, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. For Lisa, it’s the ultimate display of affection that every naive eight-year-old (more on this in a second) wants from their parents. Sure, the twist, if you could even call it that, that they were brother and sister all along was a bit unexpected, but they were just TAWOG-archetype characters, not really anything groundbreaking to see here. "Saddlesore Galactica" Lance Kramer Tim Long February 6, 2000 () BABF09 9.6 240 14 "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily" Jim Reardon Ian Maxtone-Graham February 13, 2000 () BABF10 10.8 241 15 "Missionary: Impossible" () 9.8 The three people in the foreground have no eyes. That was nice of them, but a realistic looking horse isn’t exactly an asset to this episode. I think both of them are a little ashamed of this. This is an episode where, very late into it, you’re not even sure how it’s going to end, you just want it to end as quickly as possible. Charlie Sweatpants: Wiggum is great in that scene. Reply Andy May 23, 2016 12:17 am Next. Yo, it’s Dead Homer Society. “I didn’t say they couldn’t, I said you shouldn’t.” – Marge Simpson. Watch The Simpsons season 11 episode 13 Online Saddlesore Galactica Homer and Bart befriend a diving horse at a county fair. ], “Very well, Lisa, what rousing Sousa march would you have us play?” – Mr. Largo “Well, I thought maybe for once we could play a song that wasn’t written by Sousa.” – Lisa Simpson “You mean something just arranged by Sousa?” – Mr. Largo, “Come on, get to the part where you steal his identity!” – Bart Simpson “I’m trying to explain how emotionally fragile I was.” – Armin Tamzarian “Oh, it’s one of those stories.” – Bart Simpson. That’s about it. 7:00 – Understatement of the entire commentary: “This little b-story about Lisa’s outrage over the other team cheating kind of gets lost amid jockey brouhaha.”. The show was trying so hard to make everyone overreact to Bart's error, it's not funny. 7:45 – As Duncan comes on screen, someone points out that there was a Disney movie about a diving horse, but they’d already used the title “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” for a different episode. 381 TwitchCon, Country Music, Saddlesore Galactica.

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