No figure at The Simpsons is as steeped in mystery, Legend and Myth as John Swartzwelder. He is among the most unknown and overlooked comic geniuses around. He is as wily and elusive as Bigfoot, as fearless as a Yeti as well as as the chupacabra. He has scored much more composing credits compared to any other author in Simpsons history however he has rarely been photographed. He does not do interviews. He does not do audio commentaries.
He is self-published a set of science fiction and detective books via his Kennydale novels, possibly because he is not the kind to go press the flesh and grin pretty at book signings or move on Fresh Air and jibber-jabber together with Terry Gross about his craft. It appears wrong that a man like me is in a position to write three novels to get a classy outfit such as Scribner while a comedian God like Swartzwelder participates in self-publishing.
The J.D Salinger of this tv comedy-writing planet’s maiden exploration of Springfield concerns an episode of schoolyard bullying that divides into full-blown warfare.
The tomfoolery starts when Bart inadvertently ends up bloodying Nelson Muntz’s nose through a cupcake-related scuffle. Muntz is not utilized to being covered in his own blood rather than all his victims so that he matters Bart into some vicious beatdown. In the sight of his son tears, Homer tenderly gives to wash the tears from his eyes, then sticks out a hairdryer at Bart’s face that transforms his visage to a grim mask of discomfort and pain.
Marge advises Bart to visit the appropriate authority but Homer informs him that snitching simplifies the schoolyard code, which orders that individuals that are different should always be mocked and it is never sensible to convey an opinion unless you are absolutely sure everybody else disagrees with you. In addition, he admonishes Bart to kick Nelson from the crotch, a strategy that proves unworthy when he is not able to get within a foot of the bully’s entire body.
Grandpa’s debut is a thing of beauty: he is first observed in a fit of anger beating away at a typewriter because he angrily demands that senior citizens be portrayed in the media as they’re: angry, resentful fuddy duddies who walnut desperately to the old days when entertainment was bland and inoffensive, much less hot, lively, fun-loving party creatures.
Such market! Such wit! Such precision! Grandpa recommends enlisting the support of Herman, a spooky, one-armed kook who functions in a military supplies shops and peddles Nazi panties.
Underneath Herman’s direction, Bart immediately becomes a pint-sized George S. Patton.
Talking of George S. Patton, there is a gag in the present episode that illustrates The Simpsons’ pop-culture references, at least at the early going, inhabited a higher evolutionary plane than those located on Family Guy.
Bart tries to console a freaked-out soldier at his eponymous military of mad geeks however whenever the fearful tyke starts to spazz out Bart strikes him. This angers Grandpa, that tells Bart that a general can send his guys off a cliff, so he could send them on a suicide mission he could send them to perish on some godforsaken stone but for some inexplicable reason he can not smack his own guys.
It is a reference to this famous scenery in Patton in which the titular general smacks among his own guys. If that were Family Guy the joke could start and finish with having a personality recreate a renowned bit from tv or movies. It is pop-culture reference-as-punchline. With this event, yet, the nice shock of recognition which includes a prosperous pop culture benchmark is simply the start of a smart, satirical and scathing review of a military mentality in which generals who ship tens of thousands of guys to perish are considered heroes as a general who dismisses a soldier is regarded as a dangerous, volatile loose cannon.
Bart and his guerrilla battalion of all geeks emerge victorious but the conflict is far from over. There is something endearingly conservative and All-American about Swartzwelder’s aesthetic, particularly in a dream sequence where Bart, such as Tom Sawyer ahead of him witnesses his own funeral; Homer is psyched to find a day away from work and has to be trained to express despair over his only son’s death while Nelson gets in one final punch. Ambitious satire, heart and corpse-punching; in its rough starts, The Simpsons was just like nothing else on tv.
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