‘Simpsons’ 600th episode reinforces enduring charm



The 600 episode of the ever so prominent tv series The Simpsons happened to line up with the series annual “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween special. The episode displayed the true comedic genius that is The Simpsons, with hilarious one-liners, relevant political humor and cross-ups of popular movies.

Leading off the episode was a cross-up skit between Mad Max and The Hunger Games and showcased how characters’ personalities work well together, whilst remaining hysterical. The premise depicts the community of Springfield in a Mad Max world, where one dictator possess most of the water on the face of the planet. Said dictator then pits kids against one-another in a fight to the death, exactly like The Hunger Games, and the victor has the opportunity to visit the dictator’s aquatic center. This segment captivated me and kept me much more engaged than the other two segments simply due to the perfect use of Homer and Lisa together, ridiculous scenarios and wonderful one-liners.

Unfortunately, the second segment didn’t keep me attracted whatsoever because of how redundant the segment was. This premise of the second segment involved Lisa and her old imaginary friend who goes on a serial killing spree on people close to Lisa. The segment also felt notably draw-out that just left me waiting anxiously for the segment to finally conclude. I got my wish, however the ending seemed noticeably abrupt. Lack of humor and an excessively long story left me annoyed and ready for the third and last segment.

The 28 “Treehouse of Horror” episode ended with a “James Bond” parody that has some humor between characters, rather than absurd scenarios. I was left impressed with the episode because of clever dialogue and jokes, of which The Simpsons is known for. Moe, the bartender, takes the main role as the head spy. Moe ends up recruiting Bart in an attempt to be a spy. I thought the story developed well and turned out to have a funny climax.

This episode of The Simpsons exhibits the classic one-liners, political humor and great storytelling that made The Simpsons so popular in the first place.