All right, folks, not only do we have the brand new Treehouse Of Horror episode to look at but we’ve also got officially the show’s 600th episode. Treehouse Of Horror XXVII, the 4th episode of season 28, was written by Joel H. Cohen and directed by Steven Dean Moore.
The episode opens with the Simpsons visiting a Christmas tree lot early on Halloween, only to be locked in and ambushed by Sideshow Bob, the leprechaun from Treehouse of Horror XII, the spirit of Frank Grimes, and Kang. The living members of the revenge group are killed by Maggie while Grimes is livid. Scenes from every preceding episode are displayed as Frank Grimes watches in horror. Next, in a couch gag parodying Planet of the Apes, viewable with Google Cardboard for special content, the Simpson family are captured on a planet populated by living couches, before being rescued by their generic brown couch.
In a parody of The Hunger Games and Mad Max: Fury Road, Mr. Burns controls the last of the water supply in a severely drought-stricken Springfield, and forces the children to battle each other to the death in a dome, with the prize being the chance to spend a day swimming in his personal reservoir.
When Janey, Sherri and Terri, and Lisa’s therapist all die under mysterious circumstances, Lisa realizes her imaginary friend from the past, Rachel (voiced by Sarah Silverman), has returned and is killing anyone close to her, so she could be Lisa’s only friend.
After Bart is saved from Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney by Moe, he reveals that he and his regular barflies are actually secret agents, and Homer, thought to have previously died, has a new identity as a villain.
First off, why does this year’s Treehouse Of Horror episode have a couch gag in the beginning of it? The last couple have not had a couch gag in the beginning but the biggest problem is that this couch gag, a Planet Of The Apes parody, doesn’t really fit into the concept of a Treehouse Of Horror episode, that’s like a couch gag you would expect to see on a regular episode, not a Treehouse Of Horror episode.
But what about the episode itself? Overall, it’s a good episode, not a great one though. I did like that first segment where they found a way to combine Hunger Games and Mad Max: Fury Road and made it surprisingly work as well as they did. The second episode, I though, was a great return to form for what you’d expect from a Treehouse Of Horror episode and, as far as I know, it’s an original story. The only one that didn’t work for me was the James Bond parody, again, that’s not something I would expect from a Treehouse Of Horror episode. Considering we are in an election year, I think we should’ve gotten an election-themed short, like what they did with Life’s A Glitch, Then You Die from Treehouse Of Horror X, they had the opportunity to do so right there but they didn’t do one.
Overall, a very strong majority of this year’s Treehouse Of Horror did work, the opening bit with Frank Grimes, Sideshow Bob, the leprechaun from Treehouse Of Horror XII, and Kang was really good and two of the third stories were really good, that last one was kind of meh. And for an episode billed as the 600th episode, it doesn’t quite hit that bar such a milestone should be episodewise, hell, the show’s first one hour episode coming up later this year seemed like a much better fit for the 600th episode than this would be. This is a good episode, certainly not one of the better Treehouse Of Horror episodes.
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