It’s time for another Throwback
Thursday Tuesday with Totbox! This week, because it looks like we will be getting an update, we’re going to run this throwback post on Tuesday. This will prevent it from getting overlooked with those looking for event info 🙂 Enjoy!-Alissa
*sigh*…*grunt*…hi… I guess…
I don’t want to bum anyone out, so I’ll try to get through this quickly and not get personal. Depression (or Melancholia)… You probably experienced it at some point in your life and thanks to cartoon characters like Eeyore, Charlie Brown and …Droopy dog (is he depressed? He always says “I’m Happy”… Whatever), it might be a little easier to get people who never had depression to visually understand it. Now with Season 1, Episode 6, there is one more poster child for the condition.
Lisa might look yellow on the outside, but she is really Blue.
Luckily for us there was also a B-story with Homer and Bart beating each-other up in a bloody boxing match (not for real but in a video game “Super Slugfest”). You might know the video game Punch-Out!! (Or Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!) presented by Nintendo, that was probably the influence to the game Homer and Bart are playing. Oddly the game (and it’s graphics) made me think of 1989’s “The Wizard” a movie about a young gamer (played by Fred Savage) who plays Super Mario 3 and probably other games (the weirdest thing is I never saw the film, but this episode made me think about it). Super Nintendo’s Super Mario World was released on August 1990 but lets travel back in time about 6 months prior to February 11th 1990. Episode 6 of The Simpsons.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING:
Janey Powell (Lisa’s school pal), also the noise land video arcade. A young version of Marge’s Mom (Jacqueline Bouvier) appears in a kind-of Flashback Dream.
There are also character’s and items that appeared for the first time that Could come into TSTO in the future maybe. OH THE POSSIBILITIES:
Some previously requested Characters: Bleeding Gums Murphy and the Jazz Hole (building) but since he was voiced by deceased guest star Ron Taylor, if he appeared in Tapped Out he isn’t likely to be voiced).
Possible Skins: Bath Robe Homer, Video Game Boxer Bart and Homer, Young (little) Marge and young version of her Mom. and finally Bath Robe Lisa (which should go into the Don’t Mention It section but I’m feeling kinda blah, so, here it is) :p
Possible NPCs: Super Slugfest Ref, also Super Slugfest Boxers.
Possible Events: A Jazz/Night Club event (maybe when we get Night time?) or maybe New Orleans Event (birthplace of Jazz) which would work well with a Mardi Gras Event or just a Music Event (all instruments) ….I WANT BLEEDING GUMS MURPHY EA! ANY of these ideas will work :p also maybe a Video Game come to life event (or Boxing characters for Tap Ball Part 2).
Characters and Things I didn’t mention because I personally have no interest in them joining the game Don’t Mention It: female gym teacher (Ms Barr), (I would rather have Mrs. Pommelhorse that had the job longer and believe she currently does). Noiseland employee. “Slugfest Champ” Howie and his mom or any of the other kids in this episode that I haven’t mentioned in previous posts. I also don’t want any tavern patrons that I haven’t mentioned before and finally other people in the Jazz Club outside of Bleeding Gums Murphy.
Depression can be circumstantial (like the cause of recent events), it could be seasonal (common in Winter) and to some people depression is just a/the way of life. “Life!… don’t talk to me about Life.” One of Marvin’s quotes from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. LOL, it’s amazing how a depressed robot can make me so happy. But I depress… I mean, I Digress. (I could probably do a full post on depression but why bother? Nobody really cares) :p
Some other things to think about:
Maybe this episode was inspiration to the 1993 song “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.. This is the first episode we see Lisa play the saxophone on the show (Outside of the opening credits – where she uses a blue saxophone). Homer and Bart’s gaming device uses Joy-Sticks (remember those?). Some of the background arcade games include “PAC Rat 2”, “Robert Goulet Destroyer”, “Escape from Grandma’s House”, “Eat My Shorts”, and (my favorite) “Time Waster”. Of course there are some deeper questions asked in this episode to think about but deep down do you think we can truly answer “has anyone seen a Jacques Strap?” :p
Do you remember this episode? What was your favorite moment? Any of the Possibilities that you Really do/don’t like? Any tips on how to beat the hum-drums? Do you want to dig out your vintage video games? Do you like Jazz music? Can you imagine a world with everyone being happy? Sound off in the comments and have a Happy journey back to your current time space/time 🙂 Please insert coins now!!! Or the Post will end. Please insert coins now!!! 3… 2… 1… POST OVER!