Last night marked the 22nd Treehouse of Horror for The Simpsons — and it wasn't the greatest ever, by any means. There were three stories with cute names: "The Diving Bell and Butterball," "Dial D for Diddly," and "In the Na'Vi," and lots of science fiction in-jokes and references.
The whole thing never quite achieved the same level of brilliance as some previous years — even though the Avatar bit was funny, we've seen so many Avatar spoofs by now that, well, it's tired. However we did get a lot of joy out of seeing Homer dressed up as Doctor Manhattan and Maggie as a wee-little chest burster. Aw.
There weren't that many great moments to choose among — but here are a few that stood out for us as notably excellent.
In "Dial D for Diddly," Flanders thinks he hears the voice of the Lord telling him to murder various folks. But it's actually Homer, who has tampered with his Bible. Needless to say, God is pretty pissed about killing in his name. However, the best part of this entire short was the return of Maude Flanders, much to the dismay of Ned.
Since "The Diving Bell and Butterball" short was just a long excuse for a fart joke, we're just pretending it never happened. However, even though it felt a couple years too late, "In the Na'Vi" was packed with a few choice jokes, like Krusty with a brand new body and his Nazi zinger.
And we have to give a lot of credit to the creators for keeping what is probably the most ridiculous scene from Avatar of all times, Colonel Miles Quaritch's giant Robot Knife.