The Simpsons "Brick Like Me" Review: Different on the Outside, Same on the Inside
Even though we don't regularly review The Simpsons here on TV.com, I wanted to put together some quick thoughts on "Brick Like Me," the animated comedy's extra special Lego episode—and its 550th, too. The result of a couple years—years—of planning, it wasted no time in addressing the union of two colossal brands: "It's not selling out, it's co-branding! Co-branding!" Homer said as he awoke from a dream in the first moments of the episode. And he was right: "Brick Like Me" was as pleasant as any combination of two multi-billion-dollar brands could be, even though it was essentially just gorgeous window dressing installed over a typical episode of The Simpsons.
In fact, the Lego portions of the episode looked so great that it it barely bothered me when the story either didn't make a lot of sense or was shoehorned into making just enough sense that Legos could fit into the world of The Simpsons. Even Plastic Comic Book Guy said that the plot of Homer creating an alternate universe in his head so that Homer and Lisa could play together forever was "second-rate science-fiction." I mean, by the time Bart came out in his twisted mech suit and barfed out lightsabers, "Brick Like Me" was just a grab bag of random pieces coming together in an effort to form something bigger—kind of like the handiwork of a kid who showed up late to a Lego party and didn't get his pick of the pieces so he built whatever he could from odds and ends.
But visually, "Brick Like Me" was a stunner, rebuilding Springfield in bright, brick-by-brick 3D, and that's what the episode will forever be known for. What did you think of it?
– I haven't seen The Lego Movie yet. How many references to that did I miss?
– Ugh, Super Nintendo Chalmers and Lunch Lady Doris making out in the broom closet? Legos are ruined forever!
– Ralph: "Yo soy language lab!"
– Ha, Homer called ninjas "pajama guys."
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