October 2010

"Road to the Multiverse"

I was pretty disappointed to get a re-run so early in the season.  And doubly disappointed because I assumed - naively - that this Sunday would be the one with all the Halloween episodes.  Somehow I forgot that every year for the last 20 years, Fox has defied logic by showing all their Halloween episodes on the week AFTER Halloween. 

This episode is part of the (entirely hypothetical) "Road To The _____" series of episodes.  In these, Stewie and Brian go on wacky adventures.  These always include at least one musical number.  "Road to the Multiverse" is no different in that respect.

This episode explores the idea of parallel universes.  Territory which, I quietly have to mumble, has already been thoroughly mapped by The Simpsons.  In at least two Treehouse of Horror episodes that come to mind.  Oh, and an episode of Futurama.  And I think American Dad had one, too.

"Welcome Back, Carter"

After some pretty innovative stuff this season, we're back to the same old same old.  But honestly, that's kind of a relief.  Sometimes you want something innovative that ultimately fails, and sometimes you want to watch something really thought provoking.  And sometimes you just want to sit back and let some random-ass Family Guy episode wash over you.

This episode - oddly enough - focuses on the relationship between Lois' mother (Barbara Pewterschmidt) and her mother (Carter Pewterschmidt).  A little strange to have an entire episode revolving around the grandparents, but whatever. 

It seems like every season has one Pewterschmidt-heavy episode, and I guess this season it's this episode.

"Excellence in Broadcasting"

I have been looking forward to this episode SO HARD.  Last week I ran across an article transcript on Rush Limbaugh's website where he talked about his participation.  It's instructive in so far as he makes it clear that:

A)    When you get right down to it, Limbaugh is just another old guy.  He has no idea what Family Guy is. 

I don't half suspect someone had to explain the difference between cartoons like Scooby Doo and the rise of animated sitcoms meant for an older audience.  (Although in the case of Family Guy, perhaps not THAT much older.)