Posted: 12/29/2011

 

The Simpsons The Fourteenth Season

(2011)

by Steve Sullivan




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The Simpsons The Fourteenth Season

Whoo-hoo! After a long, inconsolable break, a new installment of Simpsons season releases has finally arrived. Many critics have claimed for years that The Simpsons have gone downhill, that the writing has become increasingly lackluster. But any true fan, as well as your average television viewer will discover, Season Fourteen has some tricks up its sleeve.

The Fourteenth Season of The Simpson’s has an ongoing theme: Halloween. The outside packaging, as well as the inset booklet, bring to mind the Simpson annual Halloween tradition “Treehouse Of Horrors”. Our hosts for this season are the one-eyed aliens from Rigel -7 known as Kang and Kodos. The Blu-Ray release even has two bonus episodes of the Treehouse Of Horrors (V and VI). The screen menus take place in a haunted house and feature various Simpson regulars dressed like characters from the various Season Fourteen episodes. There are a number of memorable episodes in this set. First and foremost, “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation”, featuring the quest voices of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, and Brian Setzer. There is also “Prey Anything” with Homer pushing the limits of faith and religion. “Scuse Me While I Miss The Sky” guest stars Eric Idle as a documentarian who comes to Springfield and throws Bart and Lisa into a state of doubt. This season also featured what is listed as the 300th episode of the series. I mention “listed as” do to questions over the years as to whether or not “Barting Over” is truly the 300th episode, or possibly the 301st or 302nd .

The Simpsons The Fourteenth Season is obviously a must-have for any true Simpson fan. My recommendation is for the Blu-Ray release. The upgrade in picture quality was quite impressive. Some of the bonus features in this set include the aforementioned Treehouse Of Horrors V and VI, as well as two compilations. The first is all of the opening sequences of Treehouse Of Horrors I-XIII. The second is a collection of scenes from the first thirteen Halloween spectaculars. Whether DVD or Blu-Ray, do yourself a favor: buy this set. The Simpsons are always worth a look. Especially Marge, who got breast implants this season!

Steve Sullivan Steve Sullivan Steve Sullivan is a graduate of Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan, with an associate’s degree in Communications. Steve currently resides in Niles, Michigan.



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