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Treehouse of Horror XXIV Episode Discussion

Now that the Treehouse of Horror XXIV has aired, what did you think of it? The story that had the most impact on the game was the final story, “Freaks no Geeks”, as this is the story where the Strongman Homer costume originated. There were a surprising amount of references to the in-game content, even some direct quotes. As a whole it was one of the weaker Halloween specials, but at least we got a lot of great content added to the game because of it.

Since this is a discussion post, I’ll leave more of my thoughts on the episode in the comments. If you’ve seen the episode, I encourage you to share your thoughts as well.


Oh The Places You’ll D’oh

Homer rides around Springfield wreaking havoc as “The Fat in The Hat” in a rhyming Dr. Seuss-ian tale.

Dead and Shoulders

Bart is beheaded during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa’s body and they must live together as one.

Freaks no Geeks

The final terrifying tale features Mr. Burns’ traveling circus, The Burnsum and Bailey Circus, which has stopped in Springfieldland in the 1930s. Trapeze artist Marge and Strong Man Homer are performers and things go awry when circus freak Moe starts to make advances towards Marge.

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17 Responses to Treehouse of Horror XXIV Episode Discussion

  1. elephantcloudOctober 7, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    ‘Tis a sad day when the game is more entertaining than the show!

    I loved the aesthetics of the Dr Seuss and Freaks No Geeks segments… especially the latter of the two. The actual storylines, however, felt quite weak.

  2. mgiles9October 7, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Its been a while since they have had a really good treehouse of horror episode. I still enjoy the really early episodes the best. I’ve sort if come to expect it.

  3. jacquiOctober 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    The first episode gave me the creeps, not in the classical horror sense, but because Dr. Seuss’ figures and stories leave me uneasy, regardless of the subject.
    The story in the second part wasn’t so great; neither scary nor funny.
    The third episode actually was a good parody of the original film. But I always wondered if the original “Freaks” should be categorized as a horror movie, it’s rather a social drama in my opinion. Can’t quite see how this holds up as inspiration for a “Treehouse Of Horror” episode, the original story is too sad.

    • feelingblindOctober 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      It also seems like an odd choice to parody. I don’t think the average viewer has even seenor heard of “Freaks”, I know I haven’t. It made much more sense when they did a parody of something like “The Shining” because even if you haven’t seen it, there’s a good chance you’re at least peripherally aware of some of the key points of the film.

      • jacquiOctober 8, 2013 at 6:55 am

        “Freaks” was indexed for decades and in some parts of the US still is, as I read. No wonder only few people know it. Tod Browning, the director, initially was employed to make a horror movie to surf with the commercially successful tide in the early 1930s, but casting actors with real handicaps, some of them genuine circus- and show-people, gave the whole story still another twist.

  4. mothyOctober 7, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Q:How many Simpsons fans does it take to change a light-bulb?

    A:Three. One to change the bulb, and two to go online to complain about how much better the OLD bulb was.

    • feelingblindOctober 7, 2013 at 8:09 am

      In most instances, I might agree, but this episode in-particular was just bad. Not just in comparison to older material, but on its own it was just wholly uncomfortable to watch.

  5. AlexOctober 7, 2013 at 3:04 am

    I thought it was pretty poor. I miss the days when Treehouse of Horror actually meant HORROR and was somewhat scary. Not only were these segments not scary, but they didn’t really even relate to a Halloween theme much at all.

  6. SteveOctober 7, 2013 at 2:01 am

    It was alright, the opening couch gag by Guillermo Del Toro was the highlight by far though.

    The Seuss parody was decent, but was mostly just gore instead of comedy oddly enough

    Dead and Shoulders was the weakest of the segments, and wasn’t really that funny at all. I couldn’t help but feel they partially rehashed the idea from an old Futurama episode where the same thing happens to Fry and Amy

    The Freaks parody was the best segment, mainly because it was a great send-up of the movie it was lampooning, not to mention the How I Met Your Mother stinger at the end was gold.

  7. TampabaygamerOctober 7, 2013 at 1:43 am

    The Fat and the Hat was quite messed up.
    Loved the HIMYM mention at the end.

  8. McRibOctober 7, 2013 at 12:07 am

    It was just ok…many of the previous treehouse episodes were much better. Still got a few laughs though so it wasn’t a complete let down.

    On a side note, I really wish they had Snorky swimming in the water and walking on land. It would be great to see him and/or his buddies in the water. I had to watch season 12 treehouse after getting him too, a classic episode.

    Also, just a website design suggestion…the side bar with the GOO statistics, twitter stuff, and etc.If you could stop if from scrolling when its passes the bottom so it’s always viewable that would be great. Kind of like the yahoo website now and days. I think that would add a touch of refinement but idk how difficult that would be to do.

    Loving the blog!!

  9. Rayph WiggumOctober 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Sorry to threadjack, but I thought you might be interested to know that the second-by-second increase in the Community Goo total does not appear to be the actual increase.

    I left my game logged in on my iPad, just running in the background.An hour later, I logged in on my phone, to see if I could get a double prize, and I saw the total was over 3.8 … Just now, about a half hour after that, I was back on the iPad, and the number was below 3.8.I clicked the friends icon to resync it and suddenly the number was back over 3.8 again.(You should be able to confirm this without logging in on another device, just stay in town for a long time to let a noticeable discrepancy build up and then check the number and then sync back up and check it again, that should probably have the same result, I only noticed it in the first place that way is all.)

    So I am pretty sure that the increase that we see second-by-second isn’t real, it is just there to soothe people’s minds, like the cash-counting noise that an ATM makes.

  10. NeglifyOctober 6, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Yeah I thought it was pretty weak, but there hasn’t been a really good Treehouse of Horror episode in a long time. The Seuss short I really liked but the others were lame.

  11. kyo2004October 6, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Disappointing episode… All the stories… Weak plot, pointless violence, only the opening was interesting (but they showed up two days ago)…

  12. esweetlandOctober 6, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    My six year old even thought it sucked, and he loves the Tree House of Horror episodes.

  13. pattyfrancosOctober 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    The costumes for the Freaks no Geeks were cool. I agree that Marge’s acrobat one would have been a great one to add to the game. I had so much expectations for this episode, but it just wasn’t all that.
    Still, we got cool stuff from it to the game, and that is great

  14. feelingblindOctober 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Overall the special didn’t really focus on humor, but rather used the holiday an excuse to murder and maim.

    This was most apparent in “Oh The Places You’ll D’oh” as mixing Dr. Seuss with this type of horror did not gel well at all. It was almost more insulting than the live-action “The Cat in the Hat” movie.

    The next story, “Dead and Shoulders” seemed to drag a bit and seemed unnecessarily cruel. Even the payoff at the end fell pretty flat.

    After the disappointment of the two previous stories, I hoped that “Freaks no Geeks” would be better. It was, but not by much. The first few minutes with Mr. Burns were the best, but seeing Homer as a careless homicidal jerk just wasn’t funny. My only thought through this story was “Man, I wish Marge was given her acrobat costume in-game.”

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