>>108235796>A) Have the character be allowed to (slowly) age up. Starting with Secret War of Lisa Simpson where both she and Bart graduate/finish their respective grades and move on. It's the second time the show depicts one or both of them as having passed a numbered grade (Bart gets an F being the first... sort of.)
So much of the fucking problem is Lisa isn't allowed to grow as a character. She gets a ton of episodes where she has a reaffirmation of her talents or things will get better or some shit--or becomes a vegetarian/Buddhist/whatever that is a lip service shake up. Her growing up and actually getting to do shit as she ages (and it doesn't have to be fast--she could take many seasons just to get to her teens) while facing legit setbacks or advances would be something.
Or,>B) try to recapture her initial depiction. She's smart. She's smarter than alot of the adults in the room, but she's still just a child. Classic Lisa would be really smart, but also run through a wall if it meant she'd get to be a princess or meet magical elves and unicorns.
The Malibu Stacy episode was a double edged sword. Decent story and Lisa had legit reason to be upset in it, but making that episode made it harder for her to go back and be into childish things, AT ALL. This, the vegetarian and Buddhist episodes all started making her far too cynical, which helped create the zombie depiction because, again she can't grow up or mellow out. Problems of a static setting.