Fri, 7 December 2012
For Episode Three the Jerks discuss what they think makes a good Guest Star episode. Please enjoy and get in touch with feedback.
Direct download: Episode_3_-_Guest_Stars_on_The_Simpsons.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:48pm EST
Agree completely about later guest stars feeling forced, especially non-actors. Whoever is hot at the moment gets a guest spot, and the poor writers have to find some way for 50 cent to appear organically in Springfield. And then you wind up with Bart being a rapper. Horrible. Compare with Meryl Streep, who is one of the best actresses around, plays Jessica Lovejoy so well, for years I didn't realize it was her. When you have a guest that can act and play a completely different character, it frees up the creative process where the writers just do their jobs and write a great episode and the guest plays a part. Otherwise, you have to mold the episode to be a vehicle for a shitty guest star. And I also agree that it works better when they spend less time as the focus of the story. Other faves, Johnny Cash and Dustin Hoffman. Re: the Mel Gibson episode, I didn't like it. He plays himself too much. He doesn't poke fun at himself. Mark Hamill does (use the forks, being carried like a baby). I'd love to see David Lynch guest on the Simpsons. On a Treehouse of Horror episode. Would love to see Hank Scorpio back.
Good episode again. Great points about Phil Hartman. It didn't even occur to me to think of him as a guest star. I would absolutely consider him a regular enough cast member that he wouldn't come into the "guest" category for me. Also he had done lots of voice-over work before (he was the dad in the Dennis the Menace cartoons!) I had mentioned Mark Hammil earlier as my favorite and I still stand by that. Maybe I'm biased since he was Luke Skywalker and The Joker's voice, but the character himself was a great take on himself (and poked enough fun of himself) and the drill Sargent was great too. I have a comment that I've thought of on each of the three episodes so far. The fact that you guys admit to not having seen every episode is a bit weird to me. I know there's the general consensus that the show isn't as good as it once was, but as a die-hard, lifelong fan I have actually seen every episode. Many of the early seasons I've seen all the episodes multiple times, and more recent episodes I've only seen once (twice at most.) But this has less to do with the show's quality and more to do with the fact that my life doesn't allow me time to catch syndicated re-runs or sit down and watch the DVDs. Between work and the kids, I just don't get to do it anymore. If I had the time I would be watching re-runs of the newer episodes too. That was a bit of a tangent so to get back to my point, I don't judge you guys for not having seen all the episodes (and in some cases mentioning that you aren't currently watching new episodes), but I do judge you a little bit. ;) Who would I love to see on the show? David Tennant (the 10th Doctor from Doctor Who) could be fantastic. Who would I like to see come back? I'll say that if I had to pick someone I would take Hank Scorpio back, even at the expense of a new Albert Brooks character. Not that his next character wouldn't be great, but I'd love to see a follow up with Scorpio. Maybe that could be the plot of the second movie? See you guys next time.
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