LEGO my reality: New block-built “Simpsons” episode tonight

LEGO my reality: New block-built “Simpsons” episode tonight

Fox network screen cap for May 4 Lego-riffic
Fox network screen cap for May 4 Lego-riffic "Simpsons" episode.

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2014 – Lego fans and “Simpsons” fans will have something in common tonight as Fox premieres the show’s first-ever Lego-maniac episode, its 550th episode to be precise. It’s the perfect blend of animated humor wrapped in a package of near-perfect product placement.

Perfect product placement for sale. Lego's limited edition Simpsons House.
Perfect product placement for sale. Lego is now offering a limited edition Simpsons House set for $199.00. It’s actually kind of cool. (Copyrights: Simpsons, Fox, Lego)

Entitled “The Simpsons’ Lego Spectacular,” tonight’s episode, airing on Fox stations at 8 p.m. EDT and PDT, find a confused Homer Simpson trapped in a time warp between normal cartoon reality and CGI-rendered Lego reality. Since Homer is always confused anyway, who knows where his head will end up? We actually do since we’ve previewed the episode, but we won’t spoil the outcome for you.

For a show that broke new ground back in TV’s Jurassic Era, “The Simpsons” has been panned with some regularity in recent years for becoming too formulaic. But just when you’re about to start agreeing with the critics and naysayers, the show’s creators have a way of pulling something magical out of the hat, and a show like this is the result.

Tonight’s new episode is funny, highly creative, makes incredibly funny use of Lego blocks and pieces themselves, and, of course, results in near perfect product placement for the intrepid manufacturer who already has Simpsons-keyed products ready to sell if you’re good to go.

Did we say funny? The title of tonight’s episode is “Brick Like Me.” Okay, tweeners to millennials, if you don’t get the tie-in with that controversial 1962 book, bounce this off your Boomer parents or grandparents. More contemporary is the current episode’s reference to shopping at the Brik-E-Mart.

If you think you might be interested in tonight’s episode, here’s a chance to preview just a bit via this Fox video preview:

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17