January 2012

"Livin' On A Prayer"

Attacking Christian Science because it lets little kids die of cancer is the weakest attack ever. South Park went after Scientology, for eff's sake.
I spent the first half of this episode being completely distracted by wondering where I've seen a little kid named Scotty, voiced by the same actor. Was it in a previous episode of Family Guy? When would that have happened? Did Meg befriend a little kid named Scotty? No, that can't be it. Did Stewie meet Scotty when he was briefly put into multicultural foster care? No… 
 
I finally realized that I was thinking of Henry, who was the abusive kid who "adopted" Roger in an episode of "American Dad." In that episode, Roger began to feel unloved because he believed that Steve had grown out of him. Drunk and distraught, Roger stumbles into Scotty's back yard, and Scotty takes him in. Scotty was eight, maybe ten years old. But I swear they used the same voice actor for the Scotty in this week's Family Guy, even though the kid was only, I don't know, maybe five or six.

"The Blind Side"

My biggest laugh of the episode was Stewie's throw-away line about Batman having built a "giant lazy Susan for your nuclear car."

 

You all know how much I love it when the show rips Brian for being a pretentious, egotistical jerk. Well here ya go: a whole entire episode on exactly that topic. In the past, the show's criticism of Brian have fallen generally into two categories: his terrible writing, and his miserable track record with women. And here we are again.
 
On the down side, this episode didn't really bring anything new to the table that we haven't seen before. By contrast, most of the humor about Brian's writing has driven it forward, from a vague "a novel" to the colossal disaster that was Faster than the Speed of Love, an old television pilot script Stewie found in the basement, and (last I checked) a screenplay that Brian is working on. 

"Quagmire and Meg"

As soon as Quagmire comes sniffing around, the show gets paternal towards her faster than Peter does, and to much worse effect

 

Out of all the Family Guy episodes that have been made so far (this is episode #175) this is the only one that made me truly angry. I would be angry at any show that suddenly got some kind of crazy-ass double standard conscience and decided that a character like Meg needed to be protected from men and adult sex. But I'm doubly angry that Family Guy is the show that fell for the same old misogynist trap.