Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Simpsons + India = Make Laugh

The Borat-esque headline notwithstanding, it really is true. I just watched one of the funniest Simpsons episodes in one of the more recent seasons. Just the other day, I was thinking to myself that The Simpons seems to have lost its edge. This episode, entitled Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore showed me !

Plot: Mr. Burns outsources all the jobs in the nuclear plant to Bangalore, India. Homer survives the layoff but has to move to India. I won't say that the portrayal of India is right on the money but it's definitely one of the funniest I have ever seen on American television. The episode also contains one of the best illustrated arguments for outsourcing set in Mo's Tavern.

Add in :
  1. A healthy dose of Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom
  2. A smidgen of Apocalypse Now
  3. A catchy Indian song from the 1970 Hindi movie Johnny Mera Naam (Lyrics in English and Hindi)
  4. The whole cast dancing (Go Smithers !)
and you have an all-around funny episode. Well done, Simpsons.

PS: For all of you who want to watch this episode on the web in its entirety, here's an encrypted word to the wise: There is constant motion in the world. In fact, I will go so far as to call it "daily motion". Enjoy !