Well…..oops…..I accidentally gave you guys the Yokel Chords review before I did Springfield Up….that’s my bad, folks. So, here’s Springfield Up, the 13th episode of season 18 and the 391st overall, first broadcasted on February 18, 2007 with a script by Matt Warburton and directed by Chuck Sheetz.
Declan Desmond (voiced by Eric Idle again) returns as he shows a documentary about Springfield’s current adult population as children, discussing their future aspirations and meets up with Homer to see if he followed his dreams.
A parody of the 7 Up series in which a filmmaker follows the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old, and returns every seven years to document their lives since. I’ve actually never seen the 7 Up series but that is an interesting concept for films that hopefully one day I will check them out.
As far as the episode itself goes, Springfield Up is actually one of the best episodes, if not the best episode of this season thus far, the episode does a great job satirizing what these characters would be like over the course of seven years at a time and each one of them has at least one good solid laugh attached to them. There’s even a hilarious portion where you follow one person that you don’t really recognize at first but slowly but surely once you get more into her as the timejumps take shape and when it’s finally revealed who it actually is, I laughed so hard because they did such a good job of building that big joke up so nicely. I won’t spoil it here because it’s worth finding out for yourself.
The third act of the episode is where it does peter off a little too much, it just doesn’t hold up as well as the first two halves do mostly because the fact that Homer thinks he’s never done anything of noteworthiness after watching him for the last 18 years doing some of the most ridiculous things in his life, you really see Homer come off a bit selfish about himself.
Other than that, the first two acts are funny enough to warrant this as a must watch for the best episode of the season.
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