As with all Lisa-focused episodes, by giving her the brunt of the narrative weight, it also means all of the other characters can pop in with absurd experiences to compensate for the humor missing from her journey. Mr. Burns ultimately realizes the errors of his ways, as he heads back out into Springfield to give the town back their presents. However, one difference between the two is that the Star Wars Holiday Special had an airtime of two hours, including commericals, while it is implied by Comic Book Guy that the Cosmic Wars Holiday Special had an air time of a half-hour. Homer, Bart, and Lisa see the newest Cosmic Wars film, The Gathering Shadow, and the movie turns out to be less than what they expected.At home, Marge suggests that Bart and Lisa write a letter to Cosmic Wars creator Randall Curtis. Bart and Lisa … In this regard, episodes like "Skinner's Sense of Snow" and "The Burns and The Bees" briefly touch upon holiday festivities, but it's a stretch to include them alongside much more Christmas-centric adventures. Technically, it's the series' first episode following their shorts in The Tracey Ullman Show, though it is billed on-screen as "The Simpsons Christmas Special," with "Bart the Genius" being billed as its actual series premiere. Add to that is a direct parody of The Grinch, alongside other Simpson-ized holiday specials, making for quite the enjoyable experience. His measly paycheck falls short of his expectations, as he decides to wager his earnings on a dog race. You would have them say lego and Star Wars? It was released only in Japan. This inconsistency (of the parody existing alongside the object parodied) was never explained. Due to an encounter with Kilgrave, Simpson became obsessed with tracking down and killing him, teaming up with Jessica Jones and Trish Walker in order to complete this goal. Alien (1979) Xenomorph on display at the Zoo. The revelation in "A New Take" that a time rift ensured that Episodes I-III never happened was a reference to both the criticisms of the Prequel Trilogy of Star Wars, and also a reference to the continuity reboot in the 2009 … (Though, one joke about the origins of a Christmas Tree being a number of dead soldiers getting impaled on a massive structure will surely cause a chuckle.) Two weeks later, they get a reply from Curtis, which completely ignores their criticism, having sent them Jim-Jam merchandise. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 4, 2001. Before even diving into the meat of the narrative, another highlight is the series' extended Christmas-themed opening, whereas previous installments featured much more brief twists on the famous couch-gag sequence. I think that's south park's only redeeming strength right now, that it manages to lampoon some incredibly recent event/topic with it's shows. Bart and Lisa meet Randall Curtis and tell him that his Cosmic Wars movies have lost their way. Oddly enough, it was established in previous episodes that "Star Wars" does exist in the Simpsons universe. Even though he genuinely makes an effort to be home on Christmas Eve, Homer accidentally stays out late drinking, with Marge kicking him out of the house. Due to global warming, the entire country will be devoid of snow on Christmas, with a unique alignment of climate conditions and city-specific pollution colliding and resulting Springfield being the only place with snow, bringing in a surge of tourists. He saw it the day before, and admitted he felt just as bad watching it as before. One of the people waiting in line to see "Cosmic Wars" is dressed up as the Death Star. You'd also be hard-pressed to see any other Christmas episode of any series that finds a way to organically incorporate an astrolabe, which earns this installment a few more bonus points. Whether it be airlines turning into Mad Max-style experiences or browsing the internet being an experience akin to entering The Matrix, this episode has a number of gimmicky gags, though we are still treated to some heartfelt moments in seeing how the now-adult Simpson children cope with being parents themselves. Season Three: "I Married Marge" Flashing back to the far-off year of 1980, Homer recounts his pre … In hopes of wooing her back to Christianity, the episode culminates with a Christmas celebration, with Richard Gere elucidating Lisa on the idea that, with Buddhism being about love and acceptance, she is encouraged to participate in the traditions of other religions to support her family. The series has often gone into the future, with this journey offering more opportunities to make gags about how the future could unfold. However, the holiday nature of the episode feels more like an afterthought than an integral piece of the story. For example, Gary Coleman voices himself as a security guard at Kid First Industries, with later episodes often settling for the mere inclusion of a celebrity voice hoping of eliciting laughter. These events might not come as often as Halloween episodes, but they are delivered with enough frequency to amass more than a dozen entries over the years. By Patrick Cavanaugh With so many holiday specials throughout time using snowy landscapes and wintery imagery to set the stage, pivoting to celebrate the holidays in Florida will likely excite those who live in warmer climates. The only thing Bart wants for Christmas is the video game Bonestorm, with his desperation seeing him shoplifting the game. ever! This combination of initial absurdity, only to then get a subsequent and more outlandish punchline, highlights some of the best of the series' humor. The movie wasn't what they hoped it … "The Right Stuff” Streaming Now / “Deep Space Homer” (Season 5, Episode 15) Menu. Marge and the rest of the family turn their home into a bed and breakfast, delivering guests a variety of holiday experiences. Virtually every holiday episode of The Simpsons has something to offer fans, but "Marge Be Not Proud" is the series at its finest, successfully delivering the feather touch of emotions and the power drive of silliness. With Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith. Simpsons Cosmic Wars Pt 1 (3 mins 30 secs, 320x240, mov, 13.2mb) Simpsons Cosmic Wars Pt 1 (3 mins 30 secs, 320x240, mpg, 13.5mb) Simpsons Cosmic Wars Pt 2 (1 min 17 secs, 320x240, mov, 4.78mb) Simpsons Cosmic Wars Pt 2 (1 min 17 secs, 320x240, mpg, 4.94mb) Thanks to everyone who sent in alerts and Frank_Palpatine for the clips. Following Bart accidentally breaking his "butt bone," Springfield Elementary has to enlist the mob to pay for the building of ramps for his wheelchair, which bankrupts the school and forces them to be privatized. Copyright 2020 ComicBook.com. Lisa and Bart make the perfect foils for one another, as Lisa typically drives the story forward as Bart chimes in with his unhelpful assistance, while this structure also allows Homer and other Springfield residents to completely fly off the handle, as they do in this episode. Luckily, with the final vignette taking a number of ancillary Springfield residents and giving them a mere line or two as part of the Nutcracker does bring some delightful moments, especially the entire montage of Moe trying (and failing) to kill himself to the tune of "Dance of the Flutes." The first sequence focuses on Bart's dream in which he is treated to a Polar Express-esque journey, with Otto escorting him to the North Pole, hitting all the major beats of that book to essentially serve as a straight-up parody of the kids' book. An investigation reveals that Mr. Burns is behind the thefts, as he recalls how he was denied Christmas presents by his parents as a child. After the melting snow uncovers what really happened, the town breaks into the Simpson home seeking retribution, leaving the family to bicker over the only thing left in the house, a raggedy washcloth. Let us know in the comments below or contact Patrick Cavanaugh directly on Twitter to talk all things horror and Star Wars! Grampa's recollection of his time on an island with Santa, alongside Mr. Burns, is a far cry from the joys of their time together as part of the Flying Hellfish, resulting in another underwhelming experience. Christmas only comes into play in the final act, but with the genuine display of themes of love and acceptance, it marks a significant tonal shift for the satirical series, with Lisa identifying as Buddhist throughout the rest of the series following the events of this episode. wars! Rainier Wolfcastle (Arnold Schwarzenegger) Rainier Wolfcastle is an A-list action movie star, best … While other episodes earlier in this list were chastised for how little they related to the holiday, "She of Little Faith" is an exception to this idea, as it proves a major character evolution for Lisa. The only real bit that works is Homer's rivalry with the "Grumple," a Grinch-like character he accosted at the ice rink that refuses to let their rivalry subside. This forces the Simpsons to go on a trip to California, where Homer and Marge go to wineries, while Bart and Lisa go to the Cosmic Wars Ranch, which was previously known as Fresno. Similarly, the Star Wars-themed video highlights the various nods The Simpsons has given to the galaxy far, far away -- often through its in-universe equivalent, Cosmic Wars.We also see Homer drawing the ire of movie-goers by spoiling the ending of Empire Strikes Back, as well as Ralph Wiggum -- with a tuba on his head -- declaring, "I'm C3-D2." Mentioned that Dizznee has bought the rights to "Cosmic Wars". All rights reserved. Instead, this episode shows him arguing on the phone with a restaurant about the number of prawns he received in his order, only for Lisa to reveal the phone isn't even plugged in. In the episode, Bart and Milhouse are banned from The Android's Dungeon after stopping Comic Book Guy from buying a box of priceless Star Wars memorabilia for $5. It turned out to be the worst film in the series and was mostly political (with Bart expressing shock and confusion from reading the opening crawl that the main focus of the film was apparently going to be about amendments and regulatory agencies, and Lisa expressing shock and disgust that the film was all about senate redistricting upon leaving the theater, and Comic Book Guy, a massive Cosmic Wars fan, declaring it the worst Cosmic Warsmovie ever). The special, as well as Comic Book Guy's negative commentary throughout, was a reference to the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special and its similarly poor reception. All articles related to Cosmic Wars movie series. Cosmic Wars: Holiday Special was a half-hour TV special within the Cosmic Wars franchise that was released in 1978 around the time of Christmas. Biting-the-Hand Humor: Fox is described here as a division of Orange Julius and as something Bart and Lisa want to complain about. in hopes of making up their lost funds, only for Trebek to threaten her to pay back the show after ending with a negative balance. Vowing to become the nicest guy in town, Homer embarks on a genuinely charitable crusade, only for his efforts to go too far as he steals the town's presents in hopes of teaching them to be less materialistic. Directed by Bob Anderson. Comic Book Guy, during Christmas 2014, proceeded to show his wife, Kumiko Albertson, the Christmas Special, which he claimed to be the worst half-hour of TV programming ever (barring possibly Cosmic Wars: The Gathering Shadow). The Simpsons then head to Scottsdale to check on Gil, only to accidentally get him fired again, though they buy a house from him out of pity. Given how many times his own actions have caused a rift at home, seeing him subjected to a lonely evening while also showcasing the various unconventional ways one can celebrate the holidays, even without traditional experiences, can still result in memorable connections with others will surely hit home with viewers. It opens up with a silver robot wearing a sweater (possibly a parody of C-3P0) at a soup kitchen, and telling his counterpart, R3, to serve up some soup. Essentially another mediocre episode of late-era The Simpsons that happens to have a holiday veneer to it, the payoff of Krusty being willing to convert religions just for the sake of being a good father is effective, though he ultimately reverts back to Judaism with the support of his daughter. Cosmic Wars vs. Star Wars This thread is not just about The Simpsons/Star Wars references, but as you can see from the title, it is more about inconsistency of the parody (such as Cosmic Wars) existing alongside the object parodied - but we all know that Star Wars does not actually exist in the Simpsons universe. Homer explores a lonely Springfield, spotlighting the sights, sounds, and fellow residents who are also alone on the important date, only for Marge to ultimately realize Homer's folly wasn't his own. With all that out of the way, scroll down to see how we think The Simpsons' Christmas episodes stack up! Whether they're arguing about how to best maneuver out of a skid when their new car hits ice or how they immediately know what to do when walking past the Flanders' home and pretend to have cross country skis by sliding across the sidewalk, each character supports one another to enable the best delivery of hilarious jokes. The Simpson family went to watch it. With the entire experience being disappointing on all counts, they head back to Springfield and join Moe at his bar as he feeds the old and needy. The Simpsons: Every Christmas Episode Ever, Ranked, Disney's Investor Day: Marvel, Star Wars, and More Live Recap, Kevin Feige: Marvel Studios Shows Make the MCU “More Immersive Than Ever”, Disney Document Suggests 12 New Marvel Studios Shows Over Next Two Years, The Office Deepfake Turns Every Character Into Dwight Schrute, The Walking Dead Stars Predict Which Characters Will Survive to the End, The Mandalorian Star Temuera Morrison Reportedly Joins Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Series, Hawkeye Star Jeremy Renner Teases a Merry Marvel Christmas, Spider-Man: Far From Home Easter Egg Teased Marvel’s Secret Invasion Series. For the Simpsons episode featuring a Star Wars spoof called Cosmic Wars, see Co-Dependent's Day. Comment any ideas for future videos below Check out my second channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh54V0mYSYjPFQpp5U85ChQ With Lisa disgusted by the commercialization of religion, she abandons the church, ultimately embracing Buddhist teachings. The first story sees the Simpson family recreating the birth of Christ, with Marge representing Mary, Homer representing Joseph, and Bart representing Jesus, giving their "hilarious" take on the Biblical tale. Strangely, it's also the concept that most works in its favor, as fans will likely view it as "Treehouse of Horror: Christmas Edition," and while the Katy Perry cameo surely dates the event to the peak of her popularity, seeing puppet versions of this character is exciting enough to keep our attention for a few minutes. In an almost direct lift from the structure of Season Three's "Treehouse of Horror II," the Simpson family all experience a variety of bizarre dreams on Christmas Eve, much like when they all had too much Halloween candy and experienced nightmares. Other than those well-versed in the Bible, there's little to laugh at in the opening story, as a Simpson-ized retelling of the Bible is already enough of a parody, that the weak attempts to add more jokes to the concept fall flat. Homer's status as a good husband might regularly be called into question by his actions, but it's clear how much he cherishes Marge, making the emotional impact of this episode and how Moe is ultimately responsible for Homer's delinquency on his journey home causing genuine emotional reactions in viewers. To some, the seasons in the double digits mark the decline of the series as a whole, with "Grift of the Magi" ushering in the unfulfilling future of the series, though it stands as a last gasp of delightful absurdity. The episode also offers a cameo from Alex Trebek, as Marge appeared on Jeopardy! Meanwhile, Marge introduces Maggie to the "Gnome in the Home," a parody of the Elf on the Shelf, resulting in Maggie's immense fear of the visitor. As the smartest member of The Simpsons family, Lisa Simpson has played an integral role in many of the family's hijinks, serving as something of a voice of reason for the rest of her family. 2 years ago. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. R3 complies by opening up his head and revealing a vat of steaming soup inside. While we see that the familiar interpersonal dynamics continue into the future, we also witness how Homer appears to be a wonderful grandfather, despite not always being the best father, with the entire extended family earning a new appreciation for one another as they come together for a new family photo. It's also worth noting that this episode features Comic Book Guy referencing the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special (though it's titled "Cosmic Wars … At their best, The Simpsons' holiday episodes hit just as hard with their heart as they do with their humor and, at their worst, are thinly veiled attempts at cashing in on the holiday excitement by wrapping a subpar episode in holiday packaging. When audiences think of the ways in which The Simpsons honors the holidays, fans likely immediately jump to the fact that the animated series delivers viewers a Halloween-themed adventure every year with its "Treehouse of Horror" series, though there are plenty of Christmas-themed exploits for the first family in animation that stick with viewers. While watching through it, he had several complaints about the special, such as sauce and soup being used interchangeably, with Kumiko assuring CBG that he had every reason to be infuriated with the special. However, they're probably in a better position to do that, considering that it takes less effort to put together one of their shows than a Simpsons ep. Movies. A number of Springfield residents are having their holiday packages stolen from their porches, with many people suspecting Sideshow Bob to be the culprit. Maggie's dream delivers a somewhat live-action experience, as the Simpson family appears as puppets going on vacation for the holidays, with Moe arriving as the housesitter, who invites his girlfriend Katy Perry over to join him. What do you mean ? ". What's your favorite holiday episode of The Simpsons? Being titled "Simpsons Christmas Special" marks an accurate reflection of the actual content, as it largely features expected tropes and send-ups you'd see in similar made-for-TV specials, but a Simpsons Christmas Special is still much funnier than more traditional holiday events. This is a rare example of the entire family being the focus of the episode and where all of them get to deliver great jokes. The most watched episode had 16.2 million viewers and the least watched had 6.2 million viewers. cosmic! As the silver droid is dishing up the soup and pouring it into a blue alien's bowl while telling him "May the sauce be with you" as a laugh track plays. Marge takes up heavy drinking to spend more time with Homer. When Bart wakes up early on Christmas morning, he unwraps his toys but unfortunately burns down the Christmas tree and hides it in the front yard, blaming everything on a burglar. Not only the best holiday episode of The Simpsons, "Marge Be Not Proud" is arguably one of the series' best, solidifying it as the go-to installment to define the series' seasonal accomplishments. In the wake of Trebek's passing earlier this year, it serves as another spotlight of his sense of humor. Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page. Following the subsequent news coverage, the rest of the town donates money to the family, which they use to buy a car. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Randall Curtis rides off on a Tauntaun. Mr. Burns' trajectory of living in poverty inspiring his quest for wealth and ultimate change of heart manages to both mirror Ebenezer Scrooge and The Grinch's backstories, to the point that it's almost a genuine parody of those stories. While he might lose his money, the family ends up with their beloved dog, Santa's Little Helper. While the entire cast of characters gets to deliver hilarious lines, Homer ends up becoming a true standout, thanks to Dan Castellaneta's subtle performance. Admittedly, much of what happens in Florida is devoid of any holiday-specific humor, but the strength of the opening scenes in which Marge waits in line for Black Friday are strong enough to make this episode stand out from other installments as a whole. As with most episodes of The Simpsons, however, the holiday episodes hit their stride earlier in its tenure, as each subsequent season saw more middling results. The real highlight of the episode is the horrifying experience of Maggie being watched by the Gnome in the Home, as it never stops watching her and seems to scurry around her room when she's not looking. The season contains five hold-over episodes from the season 14 (EABF) production line. It was an obvious parody of the Star Wars franchise. to Milhouse's shock and awe at entering his name into Bonestorm as "Thrillhouse," only for audiences to see he could only fit "Thrillho," the jokes comes fast and heavy, rarely going more than 30 seconds without making us laugh. As he threatens to burn all the presents, he realizes he may have gone too far and returns the presents to the town. Given how closely the structure of this episode resembles the "Treehouse of Horror" setup and how late into the animated series' career this episode debuted, both the concept and execution feel pretty lazily thrown together. Likely due to the success they found with the "Treehouse of Horror" concept, The Simpsons would go on to replicate the structure of an episode featuring multiple outlandish tales that would be more difficult to pull off in a traditional capacity, with "Simpson Christmas Stories" being a weaker execution of the formula. Cosmic Wars is a parody of Star Wars and characters like Jar Jar Binks. - December 9, 2020 09:56 pm EST. "Worst Episode Ever" is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons' twelfth season. Cosmic Wars was an in-universe film series from the animated sitcom The Simpsons. It's also worth noting that this episode features Comic Book Guy referencing the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special (though it's titled "Cosmic Wars Holiday Special"), which adds an extra level of excitement for all of the series' nerdy viewers. As Star Warswas previously established to have existed in the continuity, it is unknown how both the parody and the source material co-existed. Bart ultimately returns to the Try n' Save to have his portrait taken, which he gives to Marge to make up for ruining their family photo. Understandably, comparing the first episode of the series to subsequent holiday episodes when the series was a much more fully formed concept feels a bit unfair, but even its debut installment stands above a number of subsequent storylines. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror (1990) (TV Episode) Homer says "it's not Halloween" to the appearance of Kang and Kodos. After he gets busted by security, Marge expresses how she's not so much angry with him so much as she is disappointed, with the episode seeing him being omitted from typical family events as Marge feels he's "too old." Disappointed by a Cosmic Wars movie, Bart and Lisa go to wine country to complain to the filmmaker. Lisa's dream sees her imagining herself living in the 1940s with Marge being a soldier in World War II, as the rest of the family struggles without her. Next, Grampa Simpson tells Bart and Lisa about the time he was stranded on an island during World War II and accidentally shot down Santa Claus. After Marge makes a Black Friday sacrifice to help Gil get a toy instead of buying the TV the family wants, Homer, Bart, and Lisa all decide to treat her to a vacation, with the group heading down to Florida for the holidays. Worst episodes of The Simpsons (all my 5/10 or less) a list of 125 titles created 1 month ago … ... Spoofed in the "Logomania" segment as "Cosmic Wars" Logorama (2009) (Short) Logomania is a parody Battleship (2012) However, when Comic Book Guy suffers a massive heart attack after Tom … Plot. The Simpsons Season show reviews & Metacritic score: Homer, Lisa and Bart get tickets for the latest chapter of "Cosmic Wars." A Cosmic Wars Yoda-costumed character at Dizzneeland (large image) explains to the Simpsons, “Purchased for four-billion I was, yet still hoodie ragged wear I do, this.” Announced in October, 2012, $4 billion was the price for which Disney bought Lucasfilm from owner and CEO George Lucas. While Moe is often shown as being a depressed person in the series, his regular attempts to commit suicide on the holidays become a staple of The Simpsons shocking audiences by finding ways to make punchlines with the most macabre of subjects. Will Simpson was a former patient of IGH who, having struggled to maintain control, left the program and became a police officer from the New York City Police Department. From there, the jokes might slightly slow down, but the emotional arc of Bart escalating his typical mischief into petty theft and how this signals a transition from being a kid into being a pre-teen will surely resonate with audiences, as many of us can remember a time where, no matter how old we were, we wished that our parents would provide us the same support as they did when we were 10. After Homer learns he won't be getting a Christmas bonus, he is forced to take a second job as a mall Santa, though Bart gets a tattoo honoring his mother, requiring the family to blow their savings on its removal. This installment marks an important, and somewhat confusing, entry into the annals of The Simpsons. Marge's dream features Martha Stewart showing up to construct the perfect Christmas decorations, but they're at the cost of connecting with her family on such an important day. Due to a model rocket malfunction, the Springfield church sees serious damage, ultimately enlisting the sponsorship of corporations to make repairs. Cosmic Wars: Holiday Special was a half-hour TV special within the Cosmic Wars franchise that was released in 1978 around the time of Christmas. Krusty struggles to connect with his daughter during the holidays, as he's Jewish and she's Christian, with the clown joining the local church so that the pair can celebrate holiday traditions together. Cosmic Wars (コズミックウォーズ, Kozumikku Wōzu) is a turn-based strategy video game produced by Konami in 1989 which is based upon the characters and conflicts of the popular Gradius series. Even though he isn't attempting to murder anyone, fans will surely appreciate Sideshow Bob getting involved in the holiday hijinks, while even giving him somewhat of a happy ending. 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