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The Weekly Simpsons Watch (next up, Venture!)

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:28 am
by gkscotty
Something we've been talking about, now official...


The Simpworks rewatch of The Simpsons

You know, it's been too long since some of us have actually watched old episodes of The Simpsons, so here's the plan

Each Saturday, come into chat for 9PM GMT. We'll watch an episode a week, starting with Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire this week, Saturday the 4th of July. Afterwards, chat about it, maybe post reviews here!

Although we'll be simultaneously watching the show, this will not be a stream. You'll have to have your own DVDs or access to streaming the episode yourself!

Hope I'll see you guys there!

Re: The Weekly Simpsons Watch

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:49 am
by Archonix
I shall be there!

Re: The Weekly Simpsons Watch

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:11 am
by Nidotamer
This should be good, maybe even get a few people interested in fanworks again or something!

Either way, happy thread #1000!

Re: The Weekly Simpsons Watch

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 3:08 pm
by Tony_Baritone
Hopefully I'll have a functioning comp at home by the time you reach season 4. :) Hope you all have a good time!

Re: The Weekly Simpsons Watch

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:24 am
by SirMustapha
Oooh, I'm game!... or at least I'll try to be.

Re: The Weekly Simpsons Watch

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:33 pm
by gkscotty
I just realised I scheduled this for the same day as the biggest American holiday available. Welp.

Re: The Weekly Simpsons Watch

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:11 pm
by Nidotamer
Eh, I'm a Brit so I'm still game.

(I might try and make it a challenge or something to doodle something from each ep watched)

Re: The Weekly Simpsons Watch

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:32 pm
by c_nordlander
Nidotamer wrote:(I might try and make it a challenge or something to doodle something from each ep watched)
That would be awesome!

Re: The Weekly Simpsons Watch

Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 10:26 pm
by gkscotty
Well that was awesome. We watched Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire and Bart the Genius. Both were quite excellent.

One thing that did stick with me was the show's ability to be touching, especially in the Bart the Genius scenes where he bonded with Homer. It was real nice to witness.

Re: The Weekly Simpsons Watch

Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 10:30 pm
by Nidotamer
Mmmhm! I think a lot of people deride S1/2 due to not being so funny but really, I find enough genuine interactions to make up for it.

I'll put up one sketch per ep when the second is done...

Re: The Weekly Simpsons Watch

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:02 am
by missy_misery
Heck, I'm sorry I missed out on this. Will try to be around for at least one of these sometime!

Re: The Weekly Simpsons Watch

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:32 am
by Nidotamer
Welp, sketches done for 1&2! I uh, kinda bungled up a lot on S102...

Re: The Weekly Simpsons Watch

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:50 pm
by SirMustapha
Oh, crap, I thought this was going to be today. Turns out I had other appointments for last night, and I got lost in the dates. Anyway, I'm glad this happened, and I'm looking forwards to the next one!
gkscotty wrote:One thing that did stick with me was the show's ability to be touching, especially in the Bart the Genius scenes where he bonded with Homer. It was real nice to witness.
That is true. This hits me every time I watch one of those old episodes: the relationships between the characters are very real and tangible and it's very easy to care about them, even in the first season among the "crudity" it became infamous for.

Re: The Weekly Simpsons Watch

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:13 pm
by Nidotamer
SirMustapha wrote:Oh, crap, I thought this was going to be today. Turns out I had other appointments for last night, and I got lost in the dates. Anyway, I'm glad this happened, and I'm looking forwards to the next one!
gkscotty wrote:One thing that did stick with me was the show's ability to be touching, especially in the Bart the Genius scenes where he bonded with Homer. It was real nice to witness.
That is true. This hits me every time I watch one of those old episodes: the relationships between the characters are very real and tangible and it's very easy to care about them, even in the first season among the "crudity" it became infamous for.
Agreed! It might be since they weren't really going for laugh-a-minute like even a lot of later 'classsics' (ymmv on what counts as classic) so they really had a bit more room to be genuine about it. When I saw Bart Gets an F again I found myself oddly impressed at the dialogue between Bart and Otto, it just felt so... cute even.

It's also a good way of seeing characters in some rather odd lights, like Todd Flanders being a somewhat normal boy and Principal Skinner was actually feared by the students.

Think one of the comedic highlights from those two eps was probably Martin and Bart's face off, hence why I chose that subject for a doodle. 3

Re: The Weekly Simpsons Watch

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:19 pm
by gkscotty
Reminder: The next watch is tomorrow (Saturday) at 9PM GMT!

Definitely watching Homer's Odyssey and possibly There's No Disgrace Like Home!