Readers of this blog know I am a fan of things Icelandic and a fan of The Simpsons. I was delighted last night to discover a little known saga on the final show of season 24 of our longest running television show.
If I’d only been more active last week on Facebook, where I follow The Simpsons, I would have been able to pass along advanced notice, but sooner or later, “The Saga of Carl Carlson” will show up on Hulu, so here is a brief description to whet your appetite.
When the gang at Moe’s tavern wins the lottery, Carl mysteriously disappears with the loot. Lenny, Moe and Homer track him to Iceland, his native country since he was adopted by the Carlson clan as a child. His pursuers learn that his goal is to clear the family name from a stain in a thousand year old saga.
Greed hangs in the balance with male bonding, but at last Homer speaks up in defense of Carl. There are some great scenes of volcanoes, tiny horses, and northern lights, as well as appearances by Sigur Ros, the internationally known Icelandic band. They provide the soundtrack as well, and their own take on the theme song.
Reunited at last back at Moe’s, Homer reflects on the strength of male friendship: “We don’t get together to share our feelings, we come here to escape them!”
“The Saga of Carl Carlson.” Remember that if you are a Simpson’s fan and missed the show. Check back on Hulu. This episode is a lot of fun.
It was so much fun. It will go down as one of my favorites (along with the episode where Bart read The Raven).
The Raven episode was great. Two favorites that come right to mind are “The Cat Burglar” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLi2-vyJFTA and Lisa’s protest song – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrJWpkrEpN8
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I must confess I never watch the Simpsons. I know. My life is so bland. Maybe I will keep my eyes open for this episode. It sounds like a hoot.
There are so many double or multiple entendres in their episodes that I suspect their writers must have more laughs than any other screenwriters. I’m not sure how they run the reruns – whether they’re current or older, but I’ll keep an eye open on Facebook, where of course I follow them.