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A Guide to Murdoc’s bass, El Diablo (per ROTO). Anyone who’s skimmed through Rise of the Ogre has likely seen the two page spread devoted to explaining every detail pertaining to the make up and quality of Murdoc’s bass (props to him for taking the time to get to know his instrument so well). There are quite a few notable features (like, who knew it was stained in otter’s blood??). I haven’t seen a post that’s adapted it to Tumblr just yet so I thought I’d give it a go. Key listed below the cut:

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The Springfield Region

Because I’m a weirdo, I made a Pokemon Region based on The Simpsons.

By which I mean I made the Gym Leaders and Elite Four based on name puns, the Elite Four being based on characters voiced by guest stars.

GYM LEADERS

  1. Hans Moleman - Ground Type - Trains a Diglett, an Alolan Diglett, and his signature, Drilbur.
  2. Dr. Nick Riviera - Water Type - A Pokemon Battle with lots of water at a hospital? Sure! What could go wrong? - Trains a Chinchou, a Dewott, and his signature, Psyduck.
  3. Snake Jailbird - Flying Type - The Penitentiary is now home to some Bird trainers, including Sideshow Bob who uses two Murkrows (an attempted murder) and either a Dartrix, a Combusken, or a Prinplup, whichever has the advantage over your rival. As for Snake, he - Trains a Dunsparce (it isn’t Snake without a Snake, and it has wings so close enough.), a Fletchinder, and a Honchkrow, his signature.
  4. Seymour Skinner - Psychic Type - As a Principal, making people use their brains is part of the job, combine that with his name sounding like “See More” and Bingo Bongo! - He trains a Slowking (he seems like a Slowking trainer), an Alolan Raichu (Nibbles), a Metang (from his war days) and his signature, a Claydol that sees more!
  5. Jasper Beardley - Rock Type - What? Did you think I’d give it to Kent Brockman? Let’s give the old folks some action. - He trains an Onix and a Relicanth (known for their longevity), a Shuckle, and his signature, an Alolan Golem (because of the beard).
  6. Nelson Muntz - Fighting Type - The bullies and the nerds alike serve in his gym. Jimbo, Dolph and Kearney use all three Hitmons in a triple battle before you face Nelson. - Primeape, Toxicroak, Scrafty, and his main, a Haw-Hawlucha.
  7. Drederick Tatum - Dark Type - He might be a boxer, but his name almost has “Dread” in it. Springfield’s celebrities are the trainers in his gym, including Krusty the Klown with is Krafty Krustacean, Krawdaunt! Now with that senseless series of Ks over, Drederick’s team! - Hitmonchan (breaking protocol here, but he’s a boxer for pete’s sake!), Zoroark, Crawdaunt, Pangoro, and his main, Incineroar.
  8. Mr. Burns - Fire Type - The nuclear plant is the stage for the final badge, but the employees are the obstacles along the way, including Homer Simpson and his Pignite, Darmanitan, and Camerupt. Even the Inanimate Carbon Rod has a Pokemon for some reason, but nobody’s questioning the rod with a Chandelure. After dealing with waves of employees and released Houndours, it’s up against Smithers with his Flareon, Pyroar, Rapidash and Houndoom. After him… - Mr. Burns’ party consists of Heatmor (for it’s engine guts and head shape), Emboar (because of that oaf in sector 7G), Ninetails and Arcanine (canines), Torkoal (because tortoises can become very old, and it sets up sunny day for) his final Pokemon, a Mega Houndoom (the ultimate hound, and frankly the final gym leaders should have a Mega up their sleeves.)!

ELITE FOUR

  • Hank Scorpio - Bug/Poison Type - The supervillain you wish was your boss brought an event-only legendary to the Elite Four! - Drapion, Salazzle, Genesect, Volcarona, Mega Beedrill.
  • Artie Ziff - Ice Type - His frivolous spending might have gotten his company under when the bubble burst, but he got some shinies out of it, including a shiny legend. - Shiny Cloyster, Crabominable, Vanilluxe (reminds him of Marge), Shiny Articuno, Shiny Mega Abomasnow.
  • Herb Powell - Grass Type - Homer’s half-brother. I try to retell his story with his Pokemon. - Gogoat (his car company), Exeggutor (Homer), Dhelmise (bankrupsy), Leavanny (The baby talk machine. It’s a stretch, I know.), Mega Sceptile (becoming rich again)
  • Elon Musk - Dragon Type - Because Elon sounds a bit like the Chinese word for Dragon. - Dragalge, Turtonator, Zweilous, Kommo-o, Mega Salamence.

CHAMPION

Hello, Bart.

  • Bart Simpson - Varied, leaning towards Dark. - Your rival, the champ, America’s bad boy, it’s Bart. - Mightyena (Santa’s Little Helper) Mamoswine (because Donphan was too plain for Stampy), Hydreigon (underleveled, of course.), and the two of these that doesn’t match the first type of his starter: Greninja (Bart Jr. the frog), Serperior (Strangles the Snake), and Incineroar (Snowball II). Finally His Mega-Evolved Starter. Which has an advantage over yours.

And now, the post-champ pre-credits battle.

  • Kang and Kodos - Extraterrestrial Pokemon, mostly Psychics and Ultra Beasts - It’s a double battle to save the Earth. - Kang: Starmie, Xurkitree, Attack Deoxys. Kodos: Beheeyem, Celesteela, Defense Deoxys.

And that’s just about it. I have no ideas for the local legendaries or villain team. Take it away, shooshing lady!

Q&A with Ian Maxtone-Graham about a certain Waylon Sr. *with update*

As someone who is obtaining a minor in creative writing and a major in the biological sciences I am a naturally curious person, being that yours truly needs to find out a lot more about their interest. My routine is to analyze my subject of interest with the curiosity of a five-year old, then asking unlimited questions about said desire like a 4-year old with constant ‘why’s if you don’t stop me. With research you have to go to the sources. Luckily I was able to find Ian Maxtone-Graham the writer of the episode The Blunder Years, (and many more Simpsons episodes in his catalog,) and was able to hook up with him on a Q&A of a character that is pretty dear to my heart, and one with hardly any characterization or backstory surrounding his persona, which makes it even the more fun for observation and headcanon translation for my brain dictation machine.

Again, I cannot give enough thanks and appreciation for his input (though building a pontoon or stealing a yacht is out of the question,) and while some things may eventually be changed in unforeseeable plots and whatnot on the show, it’s nice to obtain just a sliver of information on a powerful force in Montgomery Burns’ life.

Though, I will curse that he may have sunk a personal ship of mine. For that you have made a powerful enemy today, my friend.    *shakes little fist. Dogs howl in the background while thunder claps like a whip above*

What is really generous is that he allowed the interpretation open to us, the fans, for some of the questions including his history and perhaps with more tether, his sexuality (”Straight, I think.”) Waylon is also outstandingly intelligent, which is really something that Burns looks in a right-hand man (and the mun of this blog really admires. I cannot thank you enough for showing me another genius-level character.) Pretty much Smithers Sr. is the Ernest Kanzler to Henry Ford (though a quick search tells me that they did have a strong dynamic, clashing a bit before Kanzler’s plans with Edsel Ford failed and then he was humiliated and shunned until death.)**

** Actually I have an update. Ian sent me an e-mail after he was linked to this article via a twitter response and apparently my source was incorrect about Kanzler becoming humiliated and shunned before death. This is what I get when my research accounts as nothing more than a couple of sites, a paperclip and a few references. Brevity is never the key.

So, I received this in my box which nearly gave me a heartattack afterwards because I thought he was going to hunt me down and kick my ass, send flying monkeys or something:


Just took a second look at your blog post and that sentence is not accurate, if,
as I gather, it was meant to apply to Ernest Kanzler.

He had a great career,
head of the war production board during WW II, which ain’t nothin. American
Industry won World War 2, and the WPB made that all work.  He worked for Bendix
and other places.  Then went back to Ford Motor with Henry II.  So played a role
in both Henry Ford eras.  

I highly recommend you watch Sarah Colt’s
documentary about Henry Ford.  Ernest is in it, and it is utterly fascinating. 
HF was a great industrialist but deeply flawed as a person, beginning but not
ending with an ugly lifelong anti-semitism, which was not rare on those days but
in him was pronounced.

Ian


So, thanks again to Mr. Maxtone-Graham for emerging from the shadows and pointing me in the right direction.  Whether the resulting research was propaganda or misinformation is unknown to me, but when you go deep you always have to go deeper ( and for that I will give you another carbon rod to your score. Just one. Can’t get too greedy) And I am going to give the documentary a look because I love watching documentaries and new information. Yes, as a kid, I was weird.

We give Ian Maxtone-Graham a 6 and a half carbon rod salute here at this blog, for exemplary achievement of the highest regard within the fandom and answering questions whether how dumb, insignificant or short they are. Wondering where the other half of the carbon rod went? It’s probably holding open the door to the garage or moonlighting as a paper weight or in Congress passing bills unchallenged or something. How should I know where it went as long as it comes back sober and before 11 o’clock before the news reminds me where my children are at. I don’t want another responsibility on my head, dammit.

Episode Specific questions:

1. Where did the whole idea of Smithers Sr. come from?

POSSIBLY ME, HARD TO REMEMBER.  THE SHOW IDEA WAS AL’S.

2. Was his name originally Ernest. K. Smithers and if so, why the name change? Was it to keep the anagram ‘Wants Him Sorely’?

I THINK WAYLON SENIOR WAS TO MAKE SMITHERS HIS NAMESAKE AND THUS BELOVED OF BURNS, ETC.  JUST SIMPLER TOO WITH A FATHER.  ORIGINALLY HE WAS ERNEST K.

3. Did you have his death in the reactor core planned from the beginning or was it going to be something else?

WOW.  DON’T REMEMBER.  THE STORY WAS BULT SLOWLY IN THE ROOM FROM AL’S IDEA

4. We were speculating about his job title at the plant. What was it?

DUHHHH…. I’UNNO.  SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR OPERATIONS?  PLOT DEVICE?

5. Was there any reason for him to bring Waylon Jr. to the plant? 

SO WE WOULD SEE HIM AS A BABY.  AND BURNS COULD BOND WITH HIM.


Character Specific questions:

1. How did he meet Burns? Was it though a nuclear project, or something else?

YOU DECIDE.  NO BACK STORY WAS EVER PITCHED ON.

2. What is his birthdate?

UP TO YOU.

3. I surmised from his appearances in From Cur With Love he was pretty stoic, and The Blunder Years he was also brave and caring. How would you describe his personality?

YES.  HIGHLY CAPABLE.  ERNEST KANZLER SENIOR.

4. Did he occasionally clash with Burns? If so, what would it be over?

ERNEST KANXLER AND HENRY FORD I WOULD BE A GOOD COMPARISON.  THE TITAN AND THE VERY CAPABLE RIGHT-HAND.

5. How smart is he?

VERY.  HARVARD LAW.

6. We were speculating about how close his relationship was with Burns. How would you describe it? Would it be unrequited love on Monty’s behalf? ( you can leave that last part out if you feel that you cannot answer it. We were kind of thinking about this since some of the previous Smithers in other incarnations, including ancestal ones seemed to have a fondness for their Burns counterparts much like the current Smithers Jr.)

PURELY PROFESSIONAL, WITH RESPECT BUT ALSO WARINESS.  READ WOLF HALL ETC. - SIMLAR TO THAT PERHAPS.

7. Any quirks?

UP TO YOU

8. Was he bisexual, straight or gay (asking that because lavender marriages were common at the time.)

STRAIGHT, I THINK.

9. What similarities and differences does he share with Waylon Jr.?

DEVOTION TO MB, AND SMARTS.

10. How did he gain Burns’ respect and admiration (I think that last term would be what you would call those emotions? I mean, I have never seen Monty act like that around another before.)

SEE 9

11. I know Burns is an emotional drunk, so what type of drunk would Waylon Sr. be like?

CONTROLLED.  NOT A BIG DRINKER.

12. Did he once work at Springfield University or another college?

PROBABLY ON THE BOARD.