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.
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: