Thanks for joining me on this very, very busy Wednesday. This week, I have given you a very mystical title. You can probably guess that this weeks episode is one set in the future, and has plenty of oppurtunities to be released. This is personally my favourite Simpsons episode and it is “Holidays of future passed”. Before I go any further, there isn’t the fact that I have a weird obsession with Simpsons Christmas episodes, it is just completely coincidental that the first post of this series was a Christmas episode. Lets begin on the plot of the episode.
The episode (S23:E9) is set 30 years into the future and is when the family is all back together, including the grand-children.
It starts after Thanksgiving when Marge pulls them out of their seats to take a photograph for the Christmas cards. This is when the “Time-travelling” begins. When I say time-travelling, it is just a flip through of the Christmas cards taken over the 30 year period. Here is what I mean:
So, before I advance any further, I’ll need to fill you in on the situation at this time. After going to university, Lisa married Milhouse (who else!) and together, they had a daughter called Zia. Bart has married, and divorced, Jenda, whom he had two children with after dropping out of university. They are only referred to as Bart’s older son, and Bart’s younger son. Maggie has become a world famous singer and is pregnant, giving birth in the episode to Maggie Jr. At this stage, Marge and Homer are still together and Abe is locked in an ice cooler to stop him from dying. (I know, I thought he wanted to die too! lol.)
Back to the plot. Bart is in his apartment in the old Springfield elementary where Skinner comes to collect his rent. Jenda teleprts the children there to stay with their dad over the holidays when they reluctantly agree.
Manwhile, Lisa worries about Zia as she spends too much time on the “ultranet” instead of with her mother. (Note: The ultranet is a virtual world where you plug yourself into using a laptop and search whatever you want. It is an advanced internet.) Maggie also returns home from London on an unsafe aeroplane flight after she is told she cannot be teleported because of her pregnancy.
When Bart and Lisa return “home” Marge gives Lisa some bad tips on how to become a better mother. Nart learns that Jenda has remarried, telling Homer to take his sons out leaving Lisa and Bart to meet in the treehouse. When Maggie arrives in Springfield, Kearney ends up driving her to the hospital instead of taking her home as she goes into labour.
Homer takes his grandsons to see Abe in the “freezer” where he tells them that Abe’s disease has had a cure found, but he wants to keep him frozen. Bart arrives to apologise to the boys after Homer tells them he should give their father a chance. Homer also decides to make-up with Abe as he unfreezes him for good. Lisa enters the “Ultranet” to find Zia and finds her with a picture of her mum, admiring her. When Maggie returns with her daughter, the family take a photo once again with (wait for it) Homer, Marge, Abraham, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Santa’s Little Helper, Snowball II, Zia, Barts younger son, Barts older son and Maggie Jr. (Told ya to wait for it lol)!
So now, I’ve been thinking. Usually I would do now what could be added to the game based on this episode. But, quite frankly, there is probably too much to mention. That is why I think that EA could do the following. They could create a parallel Springfield which would be a futuristic town. It would have a grown-up Bart, Milhouse, Kearney, Marge, Homer, Lisa and Maggie with more suitable tasks. It would also have Jenda, Bart’s sons, Maggie Jr, Zia and all the characters that appear in this episode. I honestly think that this would work better than adding a whole new bunch of characters to the game that don’t fit in. Comment below what you think. Is this a good idea? Who knows?