Your attention, please: the Wookieeland Limited, now arriving from a trip around California’s Tragic Kingdom. Passengers will stand by to booooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaard.
I wonder how many of you will get that little joke. Several little references in there lol. Anywho… How y’all doing? I’m back for yet another origin post from the 2014 TSTO Christmas Event. With new stuff comes my promise to let you know just where the items come from in The Simpsons universe. For this edition, we’ll take a look at the Spruce Caboose.
So this restaurant, train thingy comes to us as our 7th Phase II prize for 17,700 elf bells. Of course it is literally a train wreck but what does it have to do with the Best. Show. Ever. other than now being a part of our games? Well, let’s find out. It’s as simple as a jaunt over to “Marge Gets a Job” (S4:E7).
First off I have to say I love when TSTO items come from classic Simpsons episodes. Seeing as a lot of our content comes from earlier seasons, I’d hazard a guess that EA does too. In this one, it all starts off with the Simpson’s house’s foundation slanting. Behold the horrors of the Slanty Shanty and Cueball! The next thing we see is the Spruce Caboose for the retirement ceremony for Jack Barley from the Nuclear Power Plant.
“It was the most beautiful, most expensive train ever built. Some people said it was too big to stay on the tracks… they were right.”
So the train crashed in Springfield and they made it into a restaurant post-carnage clean-up. Gotta love any place where the host is French or a headless brakeman. Also convenient that you can throw people right out of the ballroom via the train car doors.
The rest of the episode is really good too. Pierre and Marie Curie destroy what appears to be Tokyo, Marge gets a job at the Nuclear Power Plant, Mr. Burns woos Marge, Bart fights a timberwolf AND Tom Jones sings!
For all of you reality junkies… there’s actually a Blue Spruce Caboose Inn located in Cascade, Colorado. It’s also a music venue in Philadelphia. Of course, the name is a pun on the Spruce Goose aka Howard Hughes’ H-4 Hercules which for a long time was located in Long Beach, California. Gotta say I was awed by it as a wee lad. Although it was ginormous and no one thought it’d fly, it did once. Technically our new decoration rolled down track once too.
Well, I hope everyone is enjoying the beginnings of 2015. Until next time, stay classy my friends.
TTFN… Wookiee out!