posted on Jan, 7 2013 @ 04:21 PM
I saw this episode last night. While it was primarily focused on satirizing "preppers" and "doomsdayers", it was also not too subtly slamming
conservatives. I'm sure in a future episode they will balance this out with some stinging satire against liberals ( they almost always balance it
out), but it will never be as bad then when they go after the "right", and this is the case with so much on television these days, there is such a
blatant agenda. Whats disappointing for me is that im a life-long fan of The Simpsons, I literally grew up watching the show. On top of the quality
plateauing since 2000 and then steadily declining since 2003-'04, they are now a Democratic/Liberal mouthpiece, right up there with Saturday Night
Live, when they used to be pretty neutral when it came to politics.
Originally posted by wondermost
the thing that made me say "wait just a minute" in the episode was when they were in their bunker or whatever it was and the guy had the modified
scope for making killing people easier. it, of course, had a set of angry eyebrows drawn on the scope to make everyone look angry when you were aiming
down the sights. well, he went through the whole group looking at them through it, and when he got to maggie, he stopped and very ominously said
"bang". at the least, it was very tacky of the writers to make such jokes after a bunch of kids got killed in a school shooting. at the most,
and its a stretch, they are trying to hint us in that it was a staged event.
I saw that too, but I believe I know what the writers were going for. Maggie has a somewhat of a reputation (from a fan's perspective anyway) as
being "The most dangerous Simpson". She shot Mr. Burns, she protected Homer from the Mafia and Yakuza by firing warning shots from her room
(unbeknownst to the family), she became a "master fencer" when doing a mock battle with Lisa, she shot at Homer with a nail gun and she has shown to
take great joy in weapons and violence in general. Those are just a few examples. I think what this scene was doing was kinda "breaking the 4th
wall". In this bunker full of adults with guns and, I guess, various mental/stability problems, the one baby, with her history of violent tendencies
and weapon usage would actually be the most dangerous. Superintendent Chalmers, briefly embodying the lifetime fan/viewer and/or the writers of the
show, by looking thorough his "modified" scope and cycling through his targets, knows this about Maggie and deems her most dangerous, thus mock
shooting her. Of course, not too long after this, he gets into an argument with Lindsey Nagel and ends up mock shooting everyone, if I remember
TL;DR- nothing sinister behind the mock shooting of Maggie, just a good laugh for those in the know.