Talking Simpsons – Sideshow Bob’s Last Gleaming

Ah! Sideshow Bob! He’s back & this time he’s interested in a nuclear holocaust and Kubrick references! Specials guest Kat Bailey is here to talk about all these Cold War scare references, as well as the most esoteric things Bob says here as well as R. Lee Ermey. All that and guest Kat Bailey on this week’s podcast!

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15 thoughts on “Talking Simpsons – Sideshow Bob’s Last Gleaming

    1. Although, I feel like Bob misinterprets the meaning. Mistaking it for an elevator with a mess in the basement means he traveled down the hole…to find the “basement” full of shit.
      I think he’s more horrified by what he found than embarrassed for making a mess.

  1. Mentioned this in the patreon comments, but I think it bares repeating – though I know it’s just an oversight and/or ignoring reality for some good jokes. Police officers and prison guards are pretty separate so it’s weird to see Wiggum dealing with Sideshow Bob while he’s already incarcerated. I also love how Bob’s in a minimum security (and very easily escapable) prison, where all white-collar criminals end up.

  2. With the changes at Lasertime will Talking Simpsons continue to upload here? Just wondering given Chris is no longer on the show, plus judging by some tweets things ended on bad terms (or things were always bad).

    1. I’m so our of the loop…what are the changes at Laser Time? And Chris has definitely left TS for good? 🙁

  3. Surprise surprise… “Hot Take” The Podcaster turns out to be a complete and utter prick that glommed on to a successful network, used it to form a Patreon and then kicked it when it was down! It’s the same cycle time and time again with Bob and he’ll continue to alienate everyone around him until ultimately disappearing! Henry has gotten exponentially more obnoxious since teaming up with Bob and needs to take this new drama as the ultimate wake up call! Kiss your Patreon goodbye fellas, because you poked the bear this time!

  4. As someone who was in the military (granted, it was Army and in the mid-00’s so a decade after and a branch away) there’s many inaccuracies but surprisingly some things the writers nailed.

    – Something they surprisingly got right was the uniforms. The gate guards and the airmen working on the air show are all dressed in their Air Force blue service dress uniforms which is fairly accurate (again I was Army but it seemed about right) What most surprised me was once the bomb threat was made they immediately started showing airmen dressed in the Air Force Battle Dress Uniform wearing Black Berets which is clearly suppose to be the Air Force Security Police (now Security Forces) who would be the ones deployed on base to search for a bomb. Normally for a show of this era all Air Force personnel would be wearing their classic blue so whoever did the research on uniforms certainly did their homework.

    – The Air Force also never used tanks which is also accurate and the tank is what would have been around at the time, an M-1 Abrams. The use of “Jeeps” (which presumably are suppose to be the last military iteration of the “Jeep” the M151) by the Air Force is a bit outdated as by then the HMMWV was in use but you can still find pics of Air Force M151’s still driving around in the mid-90’s so it’s not totally out of the question.

    – As for things they got wrong, the joke “The Pride of the United States Air Force, the British-made Harrier Jump Jet” is only partially accurate. While indeed the original British Harrier Jump Jet was an all British design, it’s successor which was used in the United States was known as the AV-8B Harrier II which was basically a British-American co-production where American company McDonnell Douglas took the original Harriers and greatly improved on them. There’s also the fact the USAF doesn’t operate the Harrier, it was used by the US Marine Corps.

    – The aircraft that take off in pursuit of the Wright Brothers biplane are F-14 Tomcats (of Top Gun fame) but were only used by the US Navy. What should have taken off after them were either F-15 Eagles or F-16 Falcons. (or presumably any number of helicopters used by the Air Force which could have easily matched the slow speed of the Wright Brothers plane)

    – The comment “We have a war tomorrow!” probably refers to the then NATO contribution to the Bosnian War in 1995, though by late 1995 it was already winding down with combat operations ending in September.

    – The joke about the woman’s Stealth Bomber pilot in the 1991 Gulf War is wrong on two counts, The B-2 Spirit “Stealth Bomber” was only introduced in the Air Force in 1997. What Lisa presumably meant was the F-117 Nighthawk “Stealth Fighter” which famously did see use in the 1991 Gulf War but women couldn’t be combat pilots then. She’d have to wait two years to 1993 when Jeannie Leavitt became the first female fighter pilot in the Air Force flying the F-15E Strike Eagle and she did see combat over Iraq in 1995 as part of Operation Southern Watch so by the time the episode aired if they wanted to be accurate but lose a good joke they could have used that.

  5. I’ve read the Chuck Yeager autobiography. He indeed was the first person to break the sound barrier. Also, he flew P-51s in WW2. He was shot down over France, and made it back to England with the help of the French resistance.
    There’s an airport named after him in his home state of West Virginia.

    I don’t know if he ever owned an Acura.

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