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Family Guy Review: Space Idiot

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Chris Griffin is not that smart. But he’s not a complete idiot, as the plot proved in "Space Cadet", an otherwise pedestrian episode of Family Guy.

The Griffins in Space

While the half hour followed the trajectory of “person isn't as big of a failure as they or others think they are," very few of those stories wound up going to space. If any. Such a plot of the Griffins going to space would be silly, I suppose, if Peter hadn’t gone to space for a cutaway joke one time. Also, I would not describe this as a series that is grounded in reality, if we're being fair here.

Amidst the jokes was one that fell on deaf ears for me. So the show decided to make a quick little crack at the animation of Bob’s Burgers. Yeah, sitcoms on Fox’s animation block make fun of each other from time to time, including between the Seth MacFarlane family of programs.

But come on. If Family Guy was a bastion of high-quality animation, this would be a fair criticism. However, both shows are about on par with their animation style; making a reference to its art style felt hypocritical more than anything. Make fun of things like how so many of the female voices are men, or how H. Jon Benjamin just sounds like the same character in everything he does. This one just seemed mean.

The rest of the jokes in the episode were well-played, including a few intra-episode callbacks, like Peter’s reference to Breaking Bad and The Wire after being hypnotized by the TV to evangelize it to everyone.

Also, when Consuela stole the Griffins' house because she presumed they were dead in space, and when they went home, it was in a seedy urban neighborhood instead. Sadly, Meg getting airlocked by Stewie didn’t mean that she was gone for the rest of the episode; there was a silent-yet-hilarious horror that came over Brian and Stewie when that happened and it would have been great if she was just... gone for the rest of the episode.

Oh, and the writers really don’t like Florida or its institutions of higher learning, apparently. Oh, and the reference to the Konami code by Peter made this long-time gamer smile.

Still, despite the surprisingly intelligent funny moments, this one just felt kind of off-kilter at times. It was occasionally amusing, but rarely ever made me laugh out loud, and the moral of Chris not being so stupid after all could be seen coming from a mile away. Also, Brian Williams was tragically underused in his cameo. You get a man with that kind of comedic timing, you gotta use him to his full abilities! Sadly, much like this episode, the execution just really wasn’t there.

Check out our Family Guy quotes page for the best of this episode and more.

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Editor Rating: 3.0 / 5.0
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My opinion the episode was neutral. I had some laughs from it. The episode was just missing purpose. Not trying to call the episode horrible because it did gain 7+ million viewers, but what was the episodes purpose. The show actually has some unnesassary jokes that killed the episode completly. I got kinda lost at one time because (just as stated in the article) all the bullish cutaways we're confusing and made no sense what set ever. Don't know why I can't stop watching the show.... am I desperate for comedy from this show?

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@Fatin Exactly, the whole thing was completely out of character for Stewie, not only because he didn't know how to pilot the shuttle, but how stupid they had to make him in order to get them into space. I mean, I could understand if Stewie doesn't know how to work space shuttles despite his ability to build things like time machines, even a genius doesn't know how to do everything. However, Stewie wouldn't be stupid enough to launch the space shuttle, that's something I'd expect from Peter.

Fatin

I absolutely loved the Breaking Bad and The Wire jokes. Also, a little annoyed that everybody suddenly forgot that Stewie like technologically, a genius.

Family Guy Season 11 Episode 9 Quotes

Stop making fun of me! I just wanted to listen to you guys having sex, but you were saying mean things about me!

Chris

TV Narrator: We now return to Breaking Bad. (hypnotic music plays) You will recommend Breaking Bad to everyone you know.
Peter: I will recommend Breaking Bad to everyone I know.
TV Narrator: Breaking Bad is the best show you've ever seen except maybe The Wire.
Peter: Breaking Bad is the best show I've ever seen except maybe The Wire.
TV Narrator: You will never stop talking about Breaking Bad or The Wire.
Peter: I will never stop talking about Breaking Bad or The Wire.

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