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"The Simpsons" The Computer Wore Menace Shoes (2000)

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Under-appreciated. It deserves a better reputation.

7/10
Author: Dr Moo from United Kingdom
22 February 2015

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"The Computer Wore Menace Shoes" is one of the most divisive episodes of The Simpsons because of how weird it is but I like it because of the weirdness which is good as a one-off. Just don't let this sort of episode become a regular occurrence.

This episode gets off to a great start with Homer setting up mrxswebpage.com which he plagues with shock-news stories. Then he wins a Pulitzer Prize for some reason and triggers a series of events that lead him to make up the news on his site instead. When one of them (the government are controlling children with flu shots) turns out to be true he gets kidnapped and taken to The Island where he meets Number 6 and gets endlessly gassed and drugged in several weird scenes that shouldn't work but do.

There's a nice Victorian Estate aesthetic to The Island's outdoor sections with the indoor just going for a plain weird feel that creates a real sense of unease while the creepy bosses of The Island and the various inmates who "know too much" complement the scenery well and all of it comes together to make for a very unsettling feel to the episode.

Homer's escape is done by a boat of disposable forks and he gets home to find a European doppelgänger awaiting him so as to avoid suspicion from his family giving a funny fight scene at the end with two Homers duking it out in the famous living room. Then we get to the ending where the whole family are taken to The Island which is a crap ending that I like to ignore and pretend didn't happen. But if you can put that aside what we have is an episode that splits fans down the middle into those who despise it and those who love it. If you are the former then I urge you to reevaluate your opinion of it: It's actually rather good! I give it 7/10

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Mary Popping Comes To Springfield

7/10
Author: Moor-Larkin from United Kingdom
14 March 2007

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Back in 1969 a little-regarded teen movie was released called "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes". It featured a youngster destined to be a great movie star: Kurt Russell. In 1969 a great actor called Patrick McGoohan had just finished making a seminal and enormously well-regarded TV series called The Prisoner. Twenty years later a strange family were an enormous success on TV. They were cartoons. They were The Simpsons.This unlikely triumvirate of entertainment history collided.

Homer buys a computer and goes on the Internet. Having exposed all his neighbours as crooks and vagabonds he is is stolen away to a Village which Time seems to have forgotten. It is inhabited by cockneys and Mary Poppins. It's very much the UK as visualised in some strange American dream - much like the Simpsons maybe are the USA, visualised in some strange Hollywood dream.

Patrick McGoohan intones deeply, if not meaningfully, as he guest-voices, "33 years a Prisoner".... Aha! 33! 3+3=6! Another clue! Another enigma! Rover bounces in from his Nemo-deep and Homer shows an unexpected turn of intellect by brandishing a suitable piece of defensive cutlery. *Pop* goes Rover as he is forked to death.

Escaping on a raft of toilet rolls and scabs, Homer thinks he is back in Springfield but little does he know.... We're all in the Village now. Madge remarks it's quite nice - once you get used to it.

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