Simpsons – The Saga of Carl Carlson

Did you know that Iceland was featured in the 24th season finale of The Simpsons ? The episode was titled “The Saga of Carl Carlson”. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on May 19, 2013

In the episode Moe, Homer, Carl and Lenny win $200,000.00 in the Springfield Lottery, which they agree to share four ways. But Carl takes off to Iceland – his homeland – with all the winnings, the guys embark on a Nordic adventure to rescue the cash.

Carl’s Icelandic heritage was first alluded to in the Season 14 episode “‘Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky”. Homer, Lenny, and Moe fly out to Reykjavík to track him down and claim their rightful share of the money. They arrive and meet a man who tells them about the Carlsons’ shameful family history, detailed in an Icelandic saga. The ancient text depicts them as cowards who allowed barbarian invaders into the country to cause massive death and destruction over a thousand years ago. When they track down Carl at the Carlson family home, they learn that the reason he traveled to Iceland was to clear his family name by buying a lost page from the sagas that he believes will reveal that the Carlsons were actually brave warriors. Hot topic.

One of Iceland’s most successful bands, Sigur Rós appears in the show, and have also written the music for this episode. We were expecting more participation from the band, but the music was perhaps enough. Another person from Iceland who appears in the show is Iceland’s former Prime Minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir. Another small appearance is Björk, who is wearing her famous Swan outfit she wore to the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001, designed by Marjan Pejoski.

During the episode, some local tourist attractions were obvious, such as the Blue Lagoon, Hallgrimskirkja Church, Skólavörðuholt, Perlan and various places in downtown Reykjavik. In addition, you could see the Northern lights as well as elves and trolls dancing around the rental car of Homer, Moe and Lenny.

For whatever reason it was, we found that the funniest moment during the show was when Homer ate the rotten shark and spit it out, without nobody noticing, and then having some more. It was also memorable to hear the characters in the Simpsons try to speak some Icelandic, which was very impressive 🙂

It was also memorable to hear the characters in the Simpsons try to speak some Icelandic, which was very impressive 🙂

And you, have you watched this episode?

Post by Bjarney Lea (who is probably a big fan of the show)

2018-06-27T13:42:29+00:00 2nd May 2017|0 Comments

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