Friday, October 28, 2005

TV history has been made...

On Invasion. I watched this week's episode and there was a scene with three guys around a fire at night eating what looked like beans. While eating, one of them leaned over and let one fly. It looked and sounded pretty real. I've never seen a fart portrayed on an hour-long drama. It was funny and surprising.

But the best part of the scene, though, was the nod (intentional or not) to Blazing Saddles. Remember this campfire scene?
Beans beans, good for your heart.

I was cracking up.

I don't watch "The Simpsons" that much anymore (just the syndicated reruns), but what's with the new trend of hating on it? Not only is it now cool to say how much it sucks, but it seems the farther back you can go to claim when it started sucking (i.e. "The show hasn't been good since season 8, Dude."), the cooler you are.

Now there's legitimate hating and then there's just too much hating. "Will and Grace"? Jumped the Shark years ago so badly that the phrase should be renamed "Will and Graced". Hating on "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" three or four episodes into their second seasons? I say "Simma down na!" "The Simpsons" may be in decline, but all you trendy haters should remember who started that trend: the Simpsons writers themselves. "Worst. Episode. Ever." ring any bells?

There's a time and place for ridiculing seriously bad degenerations of quality and relevance, but when something is going gently into that good night, just let it die peacefully. I think "The Simpsons" deserves that respect.

iPod: "Light Up My Room" by Barenaked Ladies, "Crazy" by R.E.M., "Killing a Camera (live)" by Braid, "White Belly" by Belly, "The Horse" by Phish, "The Day I Tried To Live" by Soundgarden, and "Innocent One" by Michael Penn.