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YMMV / The Simpsons S 11 E 1 Beyond Blunderdome

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  • Harsher in Hindsight: Mel Gibson is genuinely shocked when audiences react badly to his ultra-violent climactic blood bath ending to his remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. A few years later, Gibson's life and career would spiral out of control when he couldn't cope with general audiences reacting badly to his very bloody 2004 Crucifixion film The Passion of the Christ, seriously damaging his reputation in the process as he suffered a serious nervous breakdown complete with alcohol relapse and the end of his long standing marriage to Robin Moore.
    • Mel in the episode looks shocked as Homer yanks Marge's wedding ring-adorned hand to him pointing out that "This symbolizes she's my property and that I own her!". A decade later, Mel's ex-girlfriend records audio of him unleashing several misogynistic and racist rants towards her. Sentiments that aren't too far from that quote about Marge.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Several years after the episode, the idea of Mel Gibson being beloved is ridiculous at best and him getting his wish of no one liking him anymore isn't so far-fetched, thanks to his transgressions.
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    • Mel Gibson doing an overly-violent retelling of a well-known story and getting his career derailed by it becomes this after The Passion of the Christ and its controversy over its Gorn began Gibson's career downward spiral.
    • While in Hollywood, the Simpsons see Robert Downey Jr. in a shoot-out with the LAPD, which Marge thought was a movie being filmed until Bart pointed out that there weren't any cameras, parodying his drug problems and arrests at the time. Downey would go on to basically pull a reverse of what happened to Gibson, becoming clean and sober and resurrecting his career thanks to his roles as Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes.
    • This episode names a hilarious (and often used) trope. A few years later, one of the endings of Silent Hill 2 has a dog inside of the control room, apparently engineering the events of the game. It seems like the dog really was the mastermind!
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    • At the end, Homer suggests several movie ideas to Gibson, including an Indiana Jones movie. Homer then asks if anyone owns the rights to that franchise. In 2012, the Indiana Jones franchise became the property of Disney when they bought Lucasfilm, which was followed in 2019 by them buying Fox, meaning that both Indiana Jones AND The Simpsons are now owned by the same company.
  • Idiot Plot: Mel Gibson does the acting gig of his (In-Universe) life by doing a pitch-perfect stand-in for Jimmy Stewart in a remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (or at least that's what it sounds like from the reaction of everybody in the screen test, including Marge). So what does Gibson do? Take notice of the single reaction suggestion sheet that is clearly written by an idiot (one of the executives even notices that Homer didn't write the thing right) that bemoans the fact the movie didn't have any carnage in it, believe that this is the one guy that has the balls to be truthful, hire him to assist him with remaking the film's climax with the aforementioned carnage, and derail his career.
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  • What an Idiot!: Mel Gibson has mounted a remake of the Jimmy Stewart classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Despite getting a positive response from test audiences and the assurance of the producers that he's got a hit on his hands, Mel can't shake the feeling that something's wrong with the film, believing that the test audiences like him too much to give him honest criticism. He then reads a very negative review from Homer, who was part of the test audience as a prize he won but is angry that it wasn't the prize he wanted, and because Mel was flirting with Marge earlier.
    You'd expect: Mel would dismiss the ridiculous letter for the absurd and totally misplaced piece of anger that it is, or that he would listen to the producers who tell him that it's a load of nonsense.
    Instead: Mel thinks that Homer is literally the "one guy with the guts to tell [me] the truth", tracks Homer down and asks him to be a consultant on the film, which leads to Mel retooling the ending of the film to replace the original impassioned speech about liberty with an ultra-violent and bloody climax at the advice of Homer, despite the producers trying to warn him that he's destroying his own film.
    Result: Homer and Mel's actions lead to a very bad reaction from audiences when the film is released months later with the new ending and Mel is completely surprised to find that audiences - especially the Springfield residents who served as the film's test audience - hate it. He even ends with Mel getting hit with a defamation lawsuit from Jimmy Stewart's own granddaughter. In the end, at least Mel finally realizes that Homer really is just a stupid jerk and not the one honest critic he thought he was and angrily kicks Homer out of his limo when Homer tries to give him career advice on how to bounce back from the fiasco (Homer even suggests that Mel do an Indiana Jones film, despite that franchise being headlined by Harrison Ford).


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