The Simpsons (1993) The Simpsons has prominently featured a solar eclipse twice in its long run, but most memorably in the Season 20 episode “Gone Maggie Gone,” where Marge is stricken blind and Lisa goes undercover as a nun. Just kidding: Everyone actually remembers the eclipse from “Marge Vs. The Monorail,” in which the celestial event briefly saves the day by stopping—temporarily—the malfunctioning solar-powered train as it speeds around Springfield, all before the moon dances on its merry way. This moment is the reason that, much like the sun’s brief spell of darkness on Monday, all noise in the vicinity of The A.V. Club office will be blotted out by nerds saying, in unison, “THE COSMIC BALLET GOES ON.” [Sean O’Neal] Little Shop Of Horrors (1986) After the events witnessed in the off-Broadway hit Little Shop Of Horrors, a new breed of extraterrestrial, carnivorous, deeply voiced flytraps wraps its tendrils around Earth, launching a plot for world domination that was infamously excised (at tremendous cost) from the musical’s film adaptation. But well before that global catastrophe, there’s a relatively smaller astronomical event: a total eclipse of the sun, after which local nebbish and budding botanist Seymour Krelborn seals mankind’s fate… Read full this story
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