Last season was, in a word, uneven. In another few, kind of disappointing.
Didn't stop me watching, but it did get me thinking that maybe the adventures of the yellow-skinned family from Springfield had run out of steam. And new ideas.
I know it's probably dangerous to say, but I wasn't altogether thrilled with the Simpsons Movie either. Considering the number of years they've been working on it, it felt kind of rehashed. It was like watching one of the weaker series episodes, where a bunch of old saws get trotted out and reassembled to make something that almost works.
Despite the fact they had more than three times the regular time to play with, the script dealt solely with the Simpsons themselves. YOu would have thought they'd have taken the opportunity to explore the huge pantheon of characters.
I mean -- didn't you want to see Apu, and Barney, and Mr. Burns, and... seriously, an 87 minute run time, and not even a bit of Selma and Patti?
But I swear the season premiere last week (about Homer becoming addicted to flying in private jets) was one of the funniest episodes I've ever seen.
And this week's "Homer of Seville," in which Homer discovers he has the voice of a world-class baritone when flat on his back, was terrific.
I really am pulling for the show. It's been a part of my life since (gulp) the early days as a filler on the Tracy Ullman Show. And next year, if they keep it up, would make twenty and tie Law & Order at that extraordinary benchmark.
I would love to see them take a second stab at a movie. This time, bring in EVERYONE for at least a few seconds. Give 'em all a line or two. They've worked hard. They deserve it.
Oh yeah. You can bring back Albert Brooks, anytime.