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Treehouse of Horror XIV (Season 15; Nov. 2, 2003)
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Updated review coming soon.

Intro: Bart and Lisa (dressed as Charlie Brown and Lucy) start fighting over their Halloween candy, and soon the whole family is fighting violently. Meanwhile, Kang and Kodos mock Earthlings for showing a Halloween episode in November, as they're already ready for Christmas. (In my old review I said I found this mildly amusing, but watching it years later I found it moderately amusing, at least.) Also I notice "scary names" are back for the first time since 2000.

Reaper Madness: In what I can only assume is a parody of The Santa Clause, Death shows up to take Bart's life, but Homer kills Death. Later, he puts on Death's robe, and becomes the new Grim Reaper. It was mildly amusing, which is more than I said about it the first time I saw it. (And for the brief time between Death dying and Homer becoming the new Death, it reminded me of Torchwood: Miracle Day, but of course that aired several years after this.)

Frinkenstein: In a parody of Frankenstein, Professor Frink wins a Nobel Prize, and reanimates his dead father so he can witness the achievement. However, the elder Frink starts stealing people's internal organs and such. There were parts of the segment that I liked and parts I didn't, but overall it was okay. Probably the best segment of the episode. Oh yeah, and it had some cool guest voices, including Jennifer Garner and some real life scientist as presenters at the Nobel ceremony, and better yet Jerry Lewis as Frink's father (which is funny for an obvious reason).

Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off: In a parody of the Twilight Zone episode A Kind of Stopwatch (and Clockstoppers), Bart and Milhouse get a stopwatch that freezes time for everyone but them. So they use it to goof off. It's a fairly fun segment. (It also reminded me of an episode of "Tales from the Loop.")

You know, I originally said that the episode was mostly just sad, meaning I thought it was worse than most Treehouse episodes, but watching it in 2020, I have no idea why I thought that. The whole thing was pretty decent, even if it wasn't one of the best in the series.


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