No god = 5 stars forever.
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So, Flanders has been living a lie ever since this episode.
-1 for glasseye's edge
Minus four for your knee-jerk reaction.
The more exposure the average ignorant American gets to atheism, the better. Maybe someday they'll trust us more than terrorists.
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Flanders has gotten progressively crazier and/or underhanded and hypocritical as the show has gone along.
The character "God" has already appeared in previous episodes. And it wasn't just the one when Homer dreamed Him.
I liked Flanders a lot more when he was an actual character, not just a vehicle for all the jabs at fundies. This is also not very funny, which is business as usual for Simpsons now.
"X" sense when have the Simpsons ever been concerned about continuity. It was commonplace for the show to forget about past events for the sake of attempted comedy.
Innocent Bystander: Did you see the movie? It was a great illustration of why I think Flanders is one of the characters who HAVEN'T been ruined in the show's later years: he's a fundie, but he's also a good person and loving father deep down, and the two roles don't conflict. Even Springfielders who don't share his views seem to like him. It'd be much easier for them to write him as a sanctimonious bible-thumping asshole, but so far they've refrained from that.
Xenocide: Yeah I saw it. I agree that they made him a tad more likeable and complex in the movie. It's just funny if you see an older episode where his religousness doesn't define him. He's goofy and he's a total square but at the same time seems like a real person.
kampfy: And that's part of the reason why just about all of their comedic attempts fail now, since the contradictions can't help but remind you of their glory days. But they're still able to "woozle" and "wozzle" themselves all the way to the bank.
Holy shit, judging by the length of discussion over Flanders I can tell some people need to get outside more.
It's funny because it's true.
Oh, and +77 stars for the song Homer is whistling.
Flanders was originally created as Homer's rival. The Xianity was only a part of his overall persona. In early days, he drank (I'm obliged to offer you fellas a beer, but I'm so angry that it's going to be mostly head) and even gambled, a friendly side wager on the outcome of the Bart v Todd (Rod?) putt-putt challenge.
While Flander's fundametalism does parody a legitimate social phenomenon, the jokes are often crude and even mean. E.g., how hard is it to mock a Creationist museum? Yet the scene we are offered barely rise to the Onion level.
Homer is just as crazy as Flanders here. Flat tax proposal? Ha!
"(I'm obliged to offer you fellas a beer, but I'm so angry that it's going to be mostly head)". Actually, that line was in a later episode--season 9 or something, I think.
The creationist exhibit at the museum was pretty funny.
But even this scene isnt realy that crude nor mean...At least, not when you consider how real fundies react to anything that goes against the existance of god;
Darwin = nazi
Bananas = god
Peanutbutter = no evolution
At least they showed that flanders is smart enough to read a math proof.
I love that this scene implies that it is easier to prove that God does not exist than to come up with a flat tax that works.
This episode isn't that great but I do love that one of the first things Homer does with his newfound intelligence is to destroy everything that Flanders believes in.
Four stars, because math doesn't prove anything. Ever.
2 + 2 does infact = 4
It is by mathematics alone that we are elevated above the endless fuzzy debating of the liberal arts.
I think you mean science. Science never truly proves anything, and even gravity and the existance of germs are officially "only" theories.
This is the last season that I watched The Simpsons regularly.
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