I find that every day more and more I find myself looking a little more like Homer Simpson. I did not dawn upon me until recently. I am quickly balding while my waist line is expanding. So, as I write this I am paranoid that I am becoming human incarnate of Homer Simpson.
Some may call then number 13 unlucky but in terms of this season 13 is a very lucky number. This is my absolutely favorite season of the Simpsons. I really love this season’s outlandish nature. Many critics of the show say that this season is were it lost had its edge, but this is where I find the most memorable episodes. Including my absolute favorite episode “Jaws Wired Shut.”
Jaws Wired Shut includes all of the usual inane storytelling that an episode may have but it learned a thing or two from the entrance of South Park. Because before this there were two types of episodes the Homer episode (irreverent and does not really rely on storytelling) and Lisa episodes (Heavily rely on relatable situations and storytelling). This season/episode really blended the two very well.
This episode depicts Homer getting his jaw wired shut and becoming a good listener. This is at first helpful to Marge but becomes an annoyance that no one is doing anything crazy. This forces her to enter the demo derby, thus forcing Homer to get drunk as well as feed some drinks to a donkey to save her.
- Treehouse of Horror XII
- The Parent Rap
- Homer the Moe
- A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love
- The Blunder Years
- She of Little Faith
- Brawl in the Family
- Sweets and Sour Marge
- Jaws Wired Shut
- Half-Decent Proposal
- The Bart Wants What it Wants
- The Latest Gun in the West
- The Old Man and the Key
- Tales from the Public Domain
- Blame It On Lisa
- Weekend at Burnsie’s
- Gump Roast
- I Am Furious Yellow
- The Sweetest Apu
- Little Girl in the Big Ten
- The Frying Game
- Poppa’s Got a Brand New Badge
There are commentaries on 22 of the episode, which is too many for most people to watch. HOWEVER – Stan Lee appears on one track that was exceptional.
*** Now for the longest list of special features ever:
- A Token From Matt Groening. Just an introduction to the season.
- Ralphisms. Must Watch.
- Commercials: really great cross promotional stuff.
- The Games. The Video games of the Simpsons, fantastic
- The Sweet Life of Ralph: This was truly great a must watch.
- Out of the 22 special features those were the BEST. The rest, you can forget.
The Simpsons: The Thirteenth Season is available for purchase at Amazon.com and other fine DVD retailers.
Ratings are based on a 5-star scale.
Overall: 4.5 unruely donkeys out of 5. (because of the Lisa episodes).
Review by Bro’ B – Ben
Thank you to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for providing a copy for our DVD review. All opinions are strictly our own.