Monday, November 29, 2004


The Simpsons

Spoof of Patriot Act Falls Flat

So much potential. That pretty much sums up last nights Simpson's episode. When Bart's patriotism is called into question, the Simpson's have to go to great lengths to get back into the public's good graces and end up as refugees in France.

The subject is so ripe for satire, yet the Simpson's writers missed the boat. The story line was awkward and contrived..(Bart goes temporarily deaf from a vaccine, his shorts are eaten by a donkey at a school donkey basketball game as the National Anthem is played resulting in Bart Mooning the flag). Sad thing is that ten years ago the writers would have skewered the politicians and public on this issue, but now seem capable of only the most crude attempts at social commentary. At least we still have South Park.

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