OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!
The TSTO Clone Wars continue and last week EA gave us even more stuff for the battlefront. Of course, at first pass you might think none of it could possibly be from the Best. Show. Ever. because the event is mocking another game but you’d be wrong. For this origin post, we’ll be taking a look at the instrument of decapitation commonly associated with Medieval Europe and Revolutionary France… the guillotine.
Admit it my friends, that word is just fun to say. I saw this beauty and was transported way back into my Simpsonschildhood geekdom to the appearance I fondly remember. This comes to us straight out of the opening of Treehouse of Horror V (S6:E6) aka The Simpsons Halloween Special V. We see Moe hanging alive from a tree, Patty & Selma lighting there smokes while they get burned at the stake and Skinner being guillotined by Bart.
Anybody else hoping EA has plans for this decoration come Halloween? Admittedly, this scene stuck in my mind when I first saw it because I may or may not have had some rebellious feelings towards my school principal.
Anywho… that’s the awesome decoration we recently got but guillotines have featured in The Simpsons more than this. Let’s take a look at some of them shall we?
Way earlier than season 6, we got a guillotine shot in the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon in “Bart Gets an F” (S2:E1). It was appropriate titled “Let Them Eat Scratchy”.
While we don’t actually see a guillotine in “Tennis the Menace” (S12:E12), there is a funny image and dialogue during Homer’s dream caused by Oedipal anxiety.
Bart: He thought that trip to the guillotine factory was just for fun, but it was the perfect place to shoot him.
Remember “Day of the Jackanapes” (S12:E13)? It’s a great Sideshow Bob episode and in the end we find out Springfield has a guillotine to enact the death penalty.
For our last Springfield guillotine, we of course have to mention Judge Constance Harm. While Judge Snyder has a whimsical fishing clown he keeps on his bench (“The Parent Rap”, S13:E2), Judge Harm is much harsher and has her own guillotine.
Judge Harm’s bench decoration is more than just an icon of her severity though. I love her use of it later in “Brake My Wife, Please” (S14:E20) when she guillotine’s Homer’s driver’s license.
And that’s a wrap for this post about the guillotine. Best part about the new decoration is that it’s freemium. I think the Springfield Courthouse certainly needs one nearby. Other good placements could be the Penitentiary or maybe even the Gilded Truffle based on the Bob episode. Well, y’all keep on keeping on and I hope your enjoying the heck out of your games.
TTFN… Wookiee out!