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It's like Heathcliff and his helmets.
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I'm not going to lie, I kind of low-key like it. Like, it doesn't make me laugh but as some weird texture it works for me. That said, the Showgirls one DOES make me laugh as I get the impression the movie theatre he went to slapped that shit together, as opposed to the other ones where Homer may have made them.These are all from seasons 10 through 13! I've just never noticed how often they went back to this well before (possibly because the joke isn't very good).
I mean, a kaiju-sized Cookie Monster took some bites out of the Twin Towers on a magazine cover but that doesn't mean Sesame Street predicted 9/11. Everybody was destroying the World Trade Center in media before it got actually destroyed in a real life terrorist attack.
Well, she did have a fantasy about making her brother grovel at her feet, then impaling him with her Nobel Peace Prize.That's... a VERY cynical take on the character and I seriously cannot buy into it. Yes, she can be manipulated through her hunger for recognition and be forced even to hesitate in moral dilemmas but I seriously don't buy that Lisa is a secret amoral monster that this interpretation assumes. This scene is about how even a smart person can be tricked with charm and savvy.
This reminds me of the "Superman is too perfect, he's boring" argument, which I've never bought. But beyond that, I don't think Lisa is that simplistically presented early on. There are a lot of stories about her coming to realizations that while she intelligent, she still has growing up to do because she's eight. But down the road, there's a WEIRD mix of how to approach Lisa. See, I think as the show goes on, he's simplified, like the other characters, and for that reason, she's mostly there to say the right thing and point out why Homer is wrong, usually for a gag. But then, they also like to dump on her in a weird, way, like suddenly the writing room that was once protective of her is downright nasty to her. One of the worst cases I can think of is "Make Room For Lisa", where she learns she needs to be nicer to her accidentally abusive dad, which is the worst lesson. But season 1-9, I'd say Lisa is a character of depth. Heck, most episodes about her is about her going through an emotional situation far deeper than "I'm right and the world will see it." There are a few where she's largely aspirational, such as the Lisa Lionheart episode, but she doesn't read as a "nag" who wants to show she's right. She's someone who sees a social injustice and realizes that she can point toward a better world and goes through great pains and effort and she mostly fails... except she reaches one person and decides that the effort is worth it if one life is touched in good way. And I think that's a good message.I might be able to empathize a little more with Lisa if she were more openly flawed or challenged, rather than consistently being the show's infallible voice of reason. Nobody likes a know-it-all.
Conversely, it would be nice if some of the other characters were less flawed, or at least had their flaws less exaggerated. Homer had his moments of compassion despite being an id-driven dope, like sacrificing his ride on a beer blimp to make his daughter feel pretty, but now he just seems maliciously stupid. I could have punched his dumb ass when he made his father's kidneys explode, then refused to share one of his own organs and fix the problem that HE needlessly created. Was this one of the episodes from the bad half of the series' run? It sure feels like it.
I'm not sure she's amoral so much as desperate for validation.That's... a VERY cynical take on the character and I seriously cannot buy into it. Yes, she can be manipulated through her hunger for recognition and be forced even to hesitate in moral dilemmas but I seriously don't buy that Lisa is a secret amoral monster that this interpretation assumes. This scene is about how even a smart person can be tricked with charm and savvy.
"On President's day weekend? Are you crazy?"
I THINK this is a joke that this isn't a big sales week and it would be a better one if I didn't see so many President's Day Weekend sales. Can someone clarify if I'm just assuming a utilitarian line is a joke or not?