|Simpsons S13 (Ralph Wiggum) (2010) - New - Dvd|
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"When did the Simpsons start to lose its steam?" Such is a timelessly debated question amongst nerds, and the responses couldn't vary more over the years, from assertions that Mike Scully turned the series into a 'cartoon,' that episodes like 'The Principal and the Pauper' nailed closed the coffin of the show, that once Dave Mirkin rolled in, the series began moving away from emotionally centered stories, even the infamous quote 'Worst episode ever," came from a blogger scribing his hatred for the episode 'Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie," from season 4; but these days most fingers start to point to Al Jean's tenure as showrunner for a clear illustration of the family's fall from demanding adventures that commanded viewing. In 2004, during the series' 15th year, Harry Shearer was infamously outspoken at what he saw was a declining quality within the series over the previous three years. With Season 13, you can judge for yourself, as that is year one of Al Jean's tenure, and would be the first of those declining shows.
Truly the Simpsons has never stopped offering funny adventures for our classic characters, however its tone has surely shifted as time has passed, but as such it has managed to keep itself capable of renewing its palate of comedy and expanding its universe. It has managed to produce great episodes even during this past decade, but in contrast to the consistency within the first ten years, the show has certainly given justification to comparative criticism. Season 13 is filled with humorous offerings and many explore mature and inspired themes like spirituality, medicinal marijuana, reality television executions, and the infamous skewering of Rio. There is a lot to like here. Many episodes are wonderful examples of the series thumping its chest with refined wit and social criticism, and most are creative continuations of various setups that have worked to great effect in the past. Apu gets a nice infidelity tale, Homer takes on the role as the new Moe, Lisa flirts with adulthood, Bart falls in love again, a clip show, and the three act offering 'Tales from the Public Domain,' which is a nice alternaverse collection of re-purposed classics, even Homer and Ned's Vegas wives return.
While the 22 episodes included here are a certain source of mirth and continued adoration for the series, there is certainly more than enough room for reflection on the seasons' illustration of fans' indifference towards the show. The series has, since season 12, began to air the Halloween adventure, a long standing tradition of the holiday, on the first Sunday in November due to Fox's broadcast pre-emption by the World Series. This seemingly inane action has sadly influenced the perception of the show's urgency. Fortunately, season 21 has rectified this error, but nine years too late. Also, many episodes here feel to be the antithesis of the series' usual approach to storytelling, with nearly every episode using a broad setup that feels like traditional sitcom territory. While in said territory, the series was once reliable for reflexive comedy and biting satire, here the comedy seems to be relying on physical humor and passing sarcasm more than usual. Many episodes feel light in laughs, and our characters all seem to engage in scenarios where they learn lessons they've learned before.
While there are signs that things are becoming much more mechanized in the creation of episodes, and that perhaps the days of the show as the forefront for cutt
OK, ERROR ON EBAY'S PART
DAY POSTING THEY HAVE THE STOCK PHOTO OF THE REGULAR DVD RELEASE NOT THE COLLECTORS EDITION
Well, here we are now with the release of the 13th season of The Simpson's.
This was the beginning of bad trends in the show & Fox.
1. The shows were NOT as funny as before, showing its age trying anything as a reason for a show
2. The years Treehouse of Horror aired AFTER Halloween due to starting the season late. Baseball. How many years did it take Fox to figure out what a mistake this was BUT they still now show, Treehouse AFTER Halloween.
For the 2cd year in a row due to the chain store I purchased this from I was FORCED to purchase the collectors edition. I do NOT like these for myself, I just want the normal regular DVD package.
Standard normal extras on this season.
Even though the show was not as funny as it once was when you have an episode with Yoda & briefly Tinker Bell it can not be all bad.
The DVD's are hard to remove from the package. The booklet with episode list CAME FOLDED INSIDE. Gee, thanks Fox for that. High priced & damaged.
IF you are a true Simpson's fan buy the season.
It is similar to the rest of the Simpsons seasons on DVD; great episodes, great commentary tracks (most of the time); and a bunch of great special features.
Unfortunately, season 13 has a much higher percentage of objectionable material than previous seasons. God is treated disrespectfully much more frequently than in seasons 1 - 12. Some of the episodes are among my all time favorites but others deal with topics that are troubling and inappropriate, so I will never finish watching them. It seems like something happened between seasons 12 and 13. Maybe they changed some of the writers or couldn't come up with genuinely funny material as often and thus stooped to much "lower brow" humor.
Season 13 has some of my favorite episodes of all time. It is during the prime of the cartoon series with unforgettable memories.