The Simpsons recognized their most reliable future
The Simpsons never shows the same future for the main characters twice, but some details remained reliably true… until Season 34, that is.
Warning: Spoilers for The Simpsons Season 34 Episode 9.
Usually, when the show depicts the future of its heroes, The Simpsons pairs Lisa with Milhouse, but season 34 contradicted this version of events. The fate of members of the Simpson family is always subject to revision. Since the anarchist cartoon has little in the way of coherent canon, The Simpsons he can (and does) change his characters’ futures from episode to episode. However, some elements of his future remain the same between outings.
For example, while The Simpsons has many different versions of Lisa’s future, she tends to end up romantically involved with Milhouse, even when she’s the president. Very similar though The Simpsons Season 34 changed Homer and Grandpa and their difficulties with each other, The Simpsons season 34, episode 9 “When Nelson Met Lisa” offered an alternate ending for Lisa’s love life. In this episode, Lisa broke up with Nelson after a failed marriage to Hubert Wong, and Milhouse was even present in the episode to provide a fourth-wall-breaking note about how unusual the conclusion was of history for The Simpsons.
Why does Lisa usually end up with Milhouse
Ironically, the first time The Simpsons he mentioned that Lisa’s future love life was the only other time she didn’t end up with Milhouse. In The The Simpsons season 6, episode 19 “Lisa’s Wedding”, Lisa ended up with a blue-blooded British aristocrat whom she eventually left. However, this The Simpsons Mandy Patinkin’s stellar celebrity cameo in episode 6 apart from ten episodes of The Simpsons depicting the future of the family have included Lisa dating Mulhouse, and two of the remaining outings do not mention her romantic life at all. Apparently Milhouse and Lisa are more likely to end up together even in a show with elastic canon like The Simpsonspresumably because they have known each other since childhood.
The latest future of The Simpsons poked fun at this trend
That said, the fact that The Simpsons often represents this does not mean that the show is linked to the idea. The Simpsons has changed a lot in the show’s approach to storytelling in recent seasons, and much like The Simpsons Season 34 dropped the topical satire in favor of a character focus, “When Nelson Met Lisa” contradicted the plots of those outings with a sweet story of Nelson and Lisa rekindling their childhood romance. Interestingly, although the episode discarded the story seen in numerous previous ones The Simpsons episodes that were set in the future, “When Nelson Met Lisa” still drew on another classic departure from the series for its plot.
“When Nelson Met Lisa” referenced the story of The Simpsons season 8, episode 7, “Lisa’s Date With Density” numerous times, even including clips of the classic outing during Lisa and Nelson’s reunion. This was an unusual choice as Milhouse’s breaking of the fourth wall about staying behind showed that The Simpsons Simultaneously, the episode abandoned and relied on the show’s canon. Classic reference The Simpsons episodes is a risky strategy, but since “When Nelson Met Lisa” also offered new insight into Lisa’s future love life, it was easier to ignore. The Simpsons the episode’s reliance on fan nostalgia.
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