On Sun, 29 Jan 2012, Matthew Garvey wrote:
> Well that was remarkable from start to finish... for being ridiculous.
> I enjoy a good high concept, and I appreciate the "unlikely tale of an
> object" angle... but this episode just didn't know what to do with
> itself. It really didn't need a subplot (maybe the spirits felt the
> main story was a little thin, but wouldn't there be plenty of room to
> flesh it out?), or the weird predictability of each act using the
> subplot as an opener. But the real problem is that it just wasn't all
> that funny (or touching) - full of obvious gags, you know? It could
> have been a lot better without much effort.
I'm not usually critical of the episodes, but this one seemed like it had
potential, and then failed. The idea of a tapestry that foretold the
future was interesting, but then it didn't really do anything but be a
joke. They spent long time in the beginning, then glossed over things
towards the end. I thought it was going to be like the Tall Tales episode
or any of those episodes where something is used to put the family in
different situations from literature or history, but that didn't quite
happen. It has similarities to the episode with "Bobo" the bear, but not
only did that episode get the history out of the way fast, it showed the
bear in a bunch of more significant points in history.
The idea probably would have been better if the rag wasn't that old. Set
its beginnings in the 20th century, the beginning, and have it travel