I don't watch this every week anymore because I think the quality has declined to the point where it's no longer "appointment television", but I don't think it's reached the point where I'd call it downright terrible. From what I've seen of this half season (most of it, give or take about 3 or 4 episodes), it's still very watchable and entertaining most of the time, and there's even an excellent episode once in awhile.
Having said that, I also hope the series ends sooner rather than later, just so it can end while it still has some dignity. I'd rather see it go out that way, rather than at a point where people don't even enjoy it at all anymore week to week because it's got so stale and unfunny. Right now I think it's at about the level of late season 8/early season 9 of "The Simpsons" - still generally agreeable, but the cracks are starting to show.
Instead of ending at a time when people would say "FINALLY WE CAN GET THIS PIECE OF SHIT OFF THE AIR" (as I will say when the once majestic, now acrid "Simpsons" gets mercy killed), it should go out when it's at the moderate level "The Simpsons" was at before its Great Fall ("Great" meaning "large" or "immense". I use it in the pejorative sense!).
Speaking specifically about this week's episodes, I really dig these gimmicky eps that give us the characters in new contexts and forms. "Naturama" wasn't as good as last season's "Reincarnation", but it was similarly a nice change of pace deftly playing off our affection from the characters built up since the beginning of the series. The first episode was okay, but it was another example of this show getting repetitive and formulaic at times.
Just like they keep going back to that formula of an episode being comedic before dropping in a twist or montage at the end to try to make us feel unexpectedly emotional before it's over (getting less and less effective since the days of "Luck of the Fryish", when it was a hugely moving shock), they once again pulled the old 'something seemingly horrifying happens, but then it's okay, because it only happened to a robot' trick.
Edited by Naisu Baddi - 8/30/12 at 8:29pm