Round 77: HABF06 vs. 7F05.
HABF06: “The Seemingly Never-Ending Story” (Season 17 / March 12, 2006)
Written by Ian Maxtone-Graham
Directed by Raymond Persi
Showrunner: Al Jean
Episodes like this one, “Eternal Moonshine” or “Moe Letter Blues” are to be lauded, I guess, for trying something new, for breaking out of standard narrative structures.
It’s just… well… sigh. Zombie Simpsons can’t help being what it is. If they made the monorail episode today it’d probably have a scene of Homer being violently bitten in the scrotum by an opossum. Like I said the other day: restraint and focus are long gone.
And it’s too bad. I kept thinking this script could have made a really great episode of Futurama. But here, it’s just another wasted opportunity.
7F05: “Dancin’ Homer” (Season 2 / November 8, 1990)
Written by Ken Levine & David Isaacs
Directed by Mark Kirkland
Showrunners: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon
Nice little proto-Simpsons outing. Tony Bennett!
The winner: 7F05, “Dancin’ Homer.”