Ok. That’s it. I think I’m officially DONE with The Simpsons.
The season 22 finale- The Ned-liest Catch was THE WORST EPISODE EVER.
I’ve stuck with the Simpsons for 22 years. I’ve stuck with them through Patty becoming a lesbian and Selma dating grandpa Simpson; through movie parody after movie parody; through stories that make no sense and make it difficult for me to continue to care about the characters that I love. I defended them when everyone else said that the show had long passed its expiration date. I was defensive, I was faithful, I was true. But THIS is the final straw. You wanna hook up Ned & Edna, fine. But don’t cop-out on the decision only to say that you’ll leave it up to the fans to decide by having us cast an INTERNET VOTE on whether or not they stay together??? FU-UCK that.
The thing that made The Simpsons great, when it was great, was that it took risks. REAL risks. The writers came up with ideas that pushed the envelope while still being able to create stories that were rich enough to shape an entire fictional world. They gave life to these imaginary characters in a way that was so extraordinary, that it took a cartoon from a “short” on a sketch comedy show, to an international phenomenon.
This isn’t the first time that the Simpsons have asked for fan interaction in order to generate publicity for the show (we all remember Who Shot Mr. Burns). But this is the first time that they have done so in a way that makes it blatantly obvious that they are out of ideas and that the show has been on 22 years too many.
For many years I have been in denial. I have been standing behind this show in much the way that Marge stands behind Homer through all of his idiocy. But just as we learned in The Simpsons movie, everyone has her breaking point. For me this stale, uncreative, desperate attempt at a buzz-generating (for lack of a better term- thanks for nothing thesaurus.com) finale is my breaking point.
I’m sorry. I can’t do it anymore. Please don’t hate me; I’ll always love you. But I am breaking up with you The Simpsons. Believe me, this is harder for me than it is for you. But, I’m tired of the disappointment. I hope we can still be friends….
….Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s an episode of Family Guy waiting for me in my Hulu cue.