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Cool episodes, but there's a problem...
on July 7, 2003
Overall, I was very pleased with the First Season Simpsons box set. The Second Season box set is similar to the first one. Episode quantity, which is greater here, is the major difference. However, this does cause the price to be higher than the first season. An irritating feature of these DVDs is, when starting them, you have to press the "enter" button three times to properly arrange the heads of the characters onto the right bodies. This is cute the first few times, but it gets annoying after a while. [UPDATE: ANOTHER REVIEWER SAYS YOU CAN SKIP THIS WITH THE MENU BUTTON.] Another irritation is, like another reviewer pointed out, the lack of a "play all" button. When you want to watch an episode, you have to go through its menu. The extras department is also pretty lacking, too. First off is something from a music awards show. The only way that this is even related to the Simpsons is that a person in a Bart Simpson suit reads off the award nominees. Now that's a stupid extra. And there are two music videos, neither of which is anything special. To quote another reviewer, "'Do The Bartman' wasn't funny then, and it isn't funny now." There are also Butterfinger commercials featuring Simpsons characters, and these are actually pretty cool. Lastly there are interviews with cast and crew (which are the kind of extras every DVD needs.) In these interviews, you'll even discover the origin of the Simpson family members first names, which I won't give away in this review.
Of course, you're realy buying this for the episodes, not anything else. TO MY KNOWLEDGE, THESE ARE THE COMPLETE VERSIONS, NOT THE ONES EDITED FOR SYNDICATION. The animation quality is slightly better than the first season, and most of the character development has occured. It's starting in this season that Homer's voice actor began using the tone of voice we now consider "normal." Also, many characters make their first appearance. Below is a list of every episode featured here, and a brief description.
Bart Gets An F - After failing many tests, Bart is told he'd better start doing better on them or he will be held back.
Simpson And Delilah - Homer grows hair with a new miracle cure, and gets a huge promotion at the power plant, as well as newfound happiness.
Treehouse Of Horror - Part one of this now annual series features the Simpson family in a haunted house, being abducted by the aliens Kang and Kodos (who make their first appearance here), and Homer starring in a rendition of the Edgar Allan Poe story, The Raven. James Earl Jones contributes a guest voice to each part.
Two Cars In Every Garage And Three Eyes On Every Fish - Mr. Burns runs for governor, and Homer backs him up, despite Marge's loyalty to the opposite candidate.
Dancin' Homer - Homer gets drunk at a baseball game, and starts dancing around. He becomes the team mascot, and later the family moves to Capital City so Homer can be mascot for their baseball team.
Dead Putting Society - Bart and Todd Flanders are entered into a miniature golf tournament. Homer and Ned make an agreement that the father of the loser must mow his lawn in his wife's best Sunday dress.
Bart Vs. Thanksgiving - When Bart destroys Lisa's Thanksgiving centerpiece, he is told that he has ruined the holiday, and runs away from home.
Bart The Daredevil - After seeing Captain Lance Murdock perform a death-defying jump on his motorcycle, Bart begins doing jumps on his skateboard, and decides to jump Springfield Gorge.
Itchy And Scratchy And Marge - Marge protests against Itchy and Scratchy after observing the violent content.
Bart Gets Hit By A Car - Mr. Burns hits Bart with his car while skateboarding. Lionel Huts agrees to help the Simpsons sue him for a million dollars.
One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish - Homer is believed to have eaten poisonous blowfish. If this is the case, he will only have a day left to live.
The Way We Was - After the TV is broken, Homer and Marge tell the story of how they first met in high school.
Homer Vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment - Homer gets an illegal cable hook-up, and Lisa won't stand for the violation of the commandment.
Principal Charming - As a possible lover for Selma, Homer invites her and Patty and Principal Skinner to his home. Once there, Skinner falls for Patty instead.
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? - Homer meets Herb, his long-lost half brother, who turns out to be a millionaire, in the auto business. He tells Homer that he should design a car for the average man.
Bart's Dog Gets An F - Homer threatens to get rid of the dog if it doesn't graduate from obedience school.
Old Money - Grampa's new girlfriend suddenly dies, but she leaves him all of her money.
Brush With Greatness - In the attic, Homer discovers Marge's old paintings of Ringo Starr. After this, Marge rediscovers her interest in art, and takes a college class. Mr. Burns asks Marge to paint a portrait of him.
Lisa's Substitute - Lisa begins to admire the substitute teacher who fills in for Mrs. Hoover, despite his radically different teaching methods.
The War Of The Simpsons - Homer gets dead drunk at a party, and Marge takes him to a marriage improvement seminar.
Three Men And A Comic Book - Bart, Milhouse, and Martin put together a hundred dollars and buy the ultra-rare Radioactive Man issue #1.
Blood Feud - When Bart gives blood to save Mr. Burns, he and Homer become outraged at the lack of a thank you gift.
You may be wondering, what's the problem I mentioned in my review title? Simple. As another reviewer stated, SOME EPISODES ARE EDITED! Because the box fails to give the proper disclaimer, the set loses one star. It also loses another star due to the lack of good extras.
Overall, this is a good box set, but die-hard Simpsons fans need to hold off and see if this set is rereleased with the edited episodes uncut. Though the rest of the set is good, such a flaw is unforgivable.