First off I'd like to make one positive and one negative comment on this boxset. The positive is that Season Six of The Simpsons is probably my favourite of all the seasons to date. It contains some of the funniest episodes made and a wealth of massive Hollywood names lending their vocal talents. More on that later, but I must also mention the negative. The packaging of this boxset is horrendous. It is cheap, flimsy and difficult to access the contents and bears no resemblance to the quality of the discs within. Anyway, now I've got that off my chest, let's see what this collection of Springfield tomfoolery has in store for us.
This collection includes all 25 episodes from Season Six. For those of you who aren't sure what episodes were in Season Six, here is a list of them all: Bart of Darkness, Lisa's Rival, Another Simpsons Clip Show, Itchy and Scratchy Land, Sideshow Bob Roberts, Treehouse of Horror V, Bart's Girlfriend, Lisa on Ice, Homer Bad Man, Grandpa vs. Sexual Inadequacy, Fear of Flying, Homer the Great, And Maggie Makes Three, Bart's Comet, Homie the Clown, Bart vs. Australia, Homer vs. Patty and Selma, A Star is Burns, Lisa's Wedding, Two Dozen and One Greyhounds, The PTA Disbands, Round Springfield, The Springfield Connection, Lemon of Troy and finally Who Shot Mr. Burns (Part One)
Now it would take me forever and a day to give you a synopsis of each episode so I will discuss a few of my favourites instead. Disc one's Menu Page gives you a taste of things to come and things look great! Whilst you decide which episode to watch, the cast are lined up in an Identity Parade and find a variety of ways to amuse themselves whilst waiting. The beauty of this is that they do not just cycle through the same two or three actions, they seem to have a limitless supply of different responses and I found myself just watching this for ages before even thinking about watching an actual episode!
'Treehouse of Horror V' was released as a Halloween Special and contains a great take on the movie The Shinning as Homer is ordered to kill his family in return for some Duff Beer. He smashes down the door with the axe and shouts “Here's David Letterman!” 'Time & Punishment' sees Homer creating a time machine out of a toaster and changing the course of history when he goes back to the prehistoric era and squashes a mosquito. 'Nightmare Cafeteria' tells the story of the teachers deciding to cook the naughty pupils and turn them into burgers to improve the school dinners.
'Itchy & Scratchy Land' is full of those gratuitous violent scenes featuring the infamous cat and mouse only this time it's in a purpose built theme park. Disc Two has the episode 'Homer Badman' where Homer and Marge go to a Candy Convention then try to steal as many sweets as possible and Homer takes the worlds most valuable Gummi sweet. 'Homer the Great' revolves around Homer wanting to join a Masonic type group called The Stonecutters (lead by Patrick Stewart) and enjoy the rewards that go with membership especially when Homer is revealed as 'The Chosen One' and becomes the leader of the group. These along with classics like 'Who Shot Mr. Burns?' and 'And Maggie Makes Three' which shows the origins and birth of baby Maggie.
If you are a fan of The Simpsons and lets not beat about the bush, there are plenty of us out there, then you will love this box set. It contains so many of the very best episodes and such a wonderful cast of guest actors including; Winona Ryder, Meryl Streep, Larry King, The Cast of Cheers, Anne Bancroft, Patrick Stewart, Mel Brooks and Susan Sarandon to name but a few. This season really captures the essence of The Simpsons better than those before it. Homer is now as slow and witless as he will ever be. We all know the supporting cast and their relationships with each other perfectly now and we get all the in jokes that there are. We know Homer likes Donuts and beer and sweets. We know Bart hates work and loves Itchy & Scratchy. Lisa loves to learn and play saxophone, Marge keeps the family from breaking to pieces and little Maggie sucks on her dummy and throws Homer looks of contempt! They are like our own family or a family we know which makes The Simpsons so endearing to us all. With The Simpsons on TV so often, you may question the value of owning them all on DVD, but the presentation on this boxset illustrates perfectly the reason to go out and buy it. Fantastic addition to your collection and a must have for all Simpsons fans.
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