(originally aired November 4, 2007)
More Halloween bullshit, in what may be the worst Treehouse of Horror of all. I keep mentioning how the tone of these segments feels no different than normal episodes despite the fantastical happenings in them, and this show is no different. The first segment is evidence of that, a riff on E.T. where Bart takes in Kodos, thinking him to be a kindly alien, when actually he needs his help building a matter transporter to send his kind to Earth to wage war. In “Hungry are the Damned,” the Simpsons were terrified when Kang and Kodos abducted them, as anyone would be coming face to face with a giant disgusting alien creature. Here, none of the family seem the least bit perturbed that there’s an alien in their house; they give out their cutesy joke and move on. The second segment is a parody of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which as we all know gets played in heavy rotation in October. Let’s watch Homer and Marge have an all-out, exaggerated gun fight, just like in that movie! This has everything to do with Halloween! Ugh. Last is “Heck House,” which is the worst of all. The kids play pranks across town on Halloween night, most of which are very destructive and dangerous, until Flanders steps in to scare them with his hell house. From that point, it’s just more ultra-religious Flanders shit again (“Please, Lord, grant me the power to psychologically torture them into loving you!”) Thank God there’s only one Treehouse of Horror left I have to watch. Before long, I can flush these new ones from my memory and only remember the good times, when the show knew how to be spooky and hilarious at the same time.
Tidbits and Quotes
– Humungous cheat with Kodos in the shower. It’s stupid enough that he can maneuver through the house considering how large he is, but we see him in the shower, it looks to be as big as a pool.
– I do like the image of Bart riding his bike with the gigantic Kodos in the basket up front. And Kang showing up briefly at the end before getting shot and killed (“What’d I miss?”)
– Did Homer and Marge kill Grampa in their gunfight or did he just faint/have a heart attack? He has no bullet holes, but he just kind of falls over and I can’t tell. I also don’t care, so there’s also that.
– I think “Heck House” may be the worst individual segment of all. It feels so empty and meaningless. The kids go from throwing balloons at people to really dangerous stuff like whacking poor Hans Moleman in the face with a bat, diverting gasoline trucks and smashing them into buildings, and just straight-up robbing Lenny’s house. And Lisa’s there too, but she spends the whole show just shaking her head and looking annoyed. Why wouldn’t she just go home? Or try to stop them? Angry citizens show up to Homer’s door for answers, but he ends up getting his head clogged by a pig rectum, so he’s out (Plopper’s grand re-appearance, I suppose). The kids dropped him from the roof, and the townspeople just stand there. Why not go after them and apprehend them? Unless they leap off the roof, they’d have time to storm the backyard and grab them. Anyway, Flanders appears and diverts them to his “hell house,” which of course is lame, until he gets divine powers to send the kids to the Underworld and give them a lesson on the seven deadly sins, which is basically just a bunch of comedy sketches involving our characters. They sully the Devil Flanders image from one of the most classic Treehouse of Horrors, and reuse the Hieronymus Bosch-inspired Hellscape as seen in “Bart Gets Hit By a Car.” And then we end with another sorry shot at FOX, who had just recently acquired the Wall Street Journal. Not scary, not funny, made no sense… why do these Halloween shows anymore if you can’t do them properly?