November 2012

Joe's Revenge

It worked... kinda.

This episode wasn't the best, and it wasn't the worst. It was a thing. As a whole, I felt like it held together better than a lot of other episodes. But on an individual, scene-by-scene level, there were very few laughs. I appreciate that the show is apparently honing its story-telling skills, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to insist that it should still be funny. From time to time, at least.

"Yug Ylimaf"

Retreads the same old territory - literally.

I really don't know what to do with this, the 200th episode of the series. It was a solid episode, but I didn't enjoy it, because it retreaded - all to literally - territory that has already been beaten into the ground. There is nothing about this episode that we haven't seen before, and I'm starting to get tired of it. 

"The Old Man And The Big C"

Blargh

This episode kind of struck me as being like a casserole of leftovers. You've got your brown rice from the other night, some pieces of steak from last Thursday, and maybe you whip up a batch of egg noodles to help stick the whole thing together. The end result is palatable, but just barely. It's a whole bunch of pieces of stuff that would have been better if they were fresher, and on their own. You mash it all together and it's just a mess.

Maybe I should start with the stuff I liked. Because I did genuinely laugh a few times during the episode, so I have to give them credit for that. I liked it when Stewie called Brian on Brian's use of "Stew." ("You know what you did!") I also liked the way that Quagmire instantly turned into a creepy old guy once he stopped wearing his toupee, implying that he has been a creepy old guy all along, and it's a fine line between "middle-aged swinger" and "creepy old guy." (Which is 100 percent true.)