When I first started dating The Dulcinea and got to know her son Miles, I am sure one of the first things he and I did together was watch The Simpsons. And so for years we'd watch the show and we'd generally laugh at completely different things. Miles enjoyed Bart's pranks and all the goofy things while I tended to laugh more at all the references and parodies, although I also love any scene which involves Homer saying "Steady…steady…"
But last night the first sign that things are changing was seen. Miles decided he wanted to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey
and he got through the scenes where we learn about Poole and Bowman's routine about Discovery
before he went to bed. However, before he retired for the night, he had made connections between some Simpsons bits and the film. For instance:
Oh, and this one too:
Since we didn't get to the Stargate sequence, he hasn't made the connection between it and the Spinemelter 2000
yet but it will come in good time.
Just before heading to his bedroom he told me, "The Simpsons sure references a lot of other stuff." This could be the turning point in his life when he begins to view The Simpsons with a whole different set of eyes and starts the long journey of getting all the cultural references in the show. The boy is becoming a man.
Next up: Rashomon