The Simpsons – Star Trek – Deep Space Nine – A Very Peculiar Practice – tape 2029

This tape starts with a slightly controversial episode of The Simpsons. It’s controversial mainly for this end credit.

You’ll notice Matt Groening’s name is missing. It’s because this whole episode is a thinly veiled promo for another Fox cartoon, The Critic, and Groening was so unhappy with having to do it that he took his name off the episode.

So Jon Lovitz appears as Jay Sherman, when the town decides to run a film festival.

In a scene where God saves Todd Flanders when he’s swept away on a river, I’m shocked to see God using am Alt-Right hand gesture.

Mr Burns makes a movie. These names appear at the end of his writing credits.

After this, recording continues for a bit with the start of an episode of Beverly Hills 90210.

Then, Deep Space Nine with an episode called Civil Defense. O’Brien, Sisko and Jake are working in the depths of the refinery on the station when they find an odd file in an old computer, and when they try to copy it to another place, it initiates an old Cardassian security lockdown. Cue an escalating series of countermeasures designed to quell an uprising by the Bajoran workers under Cardassian rule, and of course none of the current officers have override codes.

It’s a fun episode, and follows the same basic template as the TNG episode Disaster I looked at a little while ago, as it locks various characters together in different locations. Even when former commander of the station Gul Dukat turns up, the panic’s not over, because the system interprets his attempt to beam back to his ship as an act of cowardice, activating a previously unknown series of security measures.

Great fun.

Following this, we switch to UK Gold and A Very Peculiar Practice. This is the second episode of the second series, Art and Illusion, and Doctor Daker (Peter Davison) is having an anxiety dream, wherein the series’ enigmatic nuns are played by Rose Marie and Greta.

I have to admit, as much as I love Barbara Flynn, I’m deeply conflicted by her character here. On the one hand, she’s standing up against the patriarchy, striking blows for the sisters, but I can’t help but think she’s a bit too much of a negative sterotype – the man-hating lesbian feminist. I’m probably just being overly sensitive.

After this, there’s a whole episode of Warship, a series which looks like its primary creative driver is “The Navy say we can shoot on one of their ships, can we build a series around that?”

But the decor is 70smungous. Look at that upholstery.

It has a guest appearance by M himself, Bernard Lee.

This is followed by the start of Eddy Grant in concert, and the tape ends during this.

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4 comments

    1. Except for her having Creator’s Pet status so it’s quite all right for the writers to everyone else under the bus to indulge She whose signature tune should be “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.” (It was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO satisfying when Bart, Homer AND Marge told her to go to her room in that one where Prohibition was brought back… ) I’ll stop now. (Except the astrisked thing that I didn’t manage to remove was meant to be a footnote saying the worst Lisa-centric episode, which is quite an accomplishment.)

  1. ‘Civil Defense’ is a cracker – great plot, well filmed, and it’s a Garak episode. Andrew Robinson is always value for money in the role.

  2. I really hate this episode of The Simpsons, not for the cross-promotion or anything, I just think it’s bloody awful. The whole story revolves around Homer being pressurised to choose Barney’s film as the best but a) who cares, the film still got made, b) Barney learns nothing from it anyway and c) 99% of the time nobody gives a toss about Barney apart from his mate Homer, but now Homer’s the bad guy and getting it in the neck. Hopeless!

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