Gads the last post was bad.
Anyway. Agree wholeheartedly with review, save for the bit on it 'making nose sense' for Meg to blow up. Personally I think it did... sort of... based off the fact that with them all locked in a house together, someone was bound to start of fight. However, at the same time it did feel forced.
I am a long time Family Guy fan. and it ranked up there with Southpark and Futerama. However, this was an extremely disappointing family guy for me, perhaps a bit worse then other episodes out there as it was so obvious that very little effort went into making the show funny or interesting at all. It was almost insulting with how bad this episode was. It looked like they just slapped the hurricane bit in there on the side for the sake of it when they could have had interaction with characters from American Dad and The Cleveland show, whom were a part of the hurricane theme, which could have added innovation and would have been extremely entertaining.
The show focus for this was on Meg.
Meg is actually a character Iâ€™ve grown to somewhat like the past season or so because they have started to actually DO something with the character. Meg has always been the beat on character for family guy and itâ€™s actually started to turn me against the family as a whole because it is growing to be a little â€“too- standard and predictable. Its turning from funny to just disgusting with exactly how brutal they are to a growingly likeable character. That they try to force the character to stay in norms just so they can have a beat stick seems not only tacky and lazy, but makes the show as a whole harder to watch.
I think the blowup really was based on â€˜straw that broke the camelâ€™s backâ€™, where it was just one joke too many. Megâ€™s confrontation with the family was due to happen and they chose this showâ€¦ though I also agree that they could have done it in a MUCH better setting with a far larger and more blatant disregard on Meg. Its not like there hasnâ€™t been others.
As for the â€˜reset to normâ€™, it just did not work. This could have easily been a very good episode. The blowup with Meg and the family was due to happen, and was important character development for that characterâ€¦ then they strip it away with a lame excuse that truly did feel like a â€˜reset to normâ€™ button with a contrived enlightenment. Brian calling it adult was justâ€¦ a slapped on excuse.
This could have very easily been a truly great episode with her development, and the familyâ€™s rejection and eventual acceptance. Another way I could have seen this going is after her blowup, and the familyâ€™s dysfunction, is that after Brian went to talk to her, she could have accepted her blowout and gone upstairs, and then faced the family a second time with maybe being gentler and calling him a good dad because he is trying but he is going to have to accept that he isnâ€™t her punching bag. Then maybe hugging him and helping him â€˜get out of the closetâ€™ as it where. They could have used this as a shift in the family which would have opened doors for more development for the other characters as well.
Their â€˜back to normâ€™ shift was contrived, disappointing and a very sad turn as a whole for the episode that just left the viewer (Me as well as others from what Iâ€™ve read) feeling disjointed and disappointed as a whole, bringing the rest of the episode down with it.
As for the side focus of Brianâ€™s trip.
Perhaps one of the better points of this episode was the drug trip. It was good animation which I think others may enjoy even though I found it difficult to watch. I could definitely see some of those images from the trip being stickers for book bags or something though I cant help but feel Iâ€™ve seen the whole trip or something similar from another show or movie before. Due to the huge disappointment from the main plot, this was cast into being the one thing that came close to being watchable.
The â€˜Stewie just said thatâ€™ went down the route of tacky like the â€˜Woody Woodpeckerâ€™ thing they once tried to do with Quagmire, but with Quagmire they had a bit more success, and even that was bad. It jolted one out of the episode and in itself felt like a forced joke slapped in there, though it seems it was poking fun at itself with how people seem to like to quote Stewie constantly. So that bit could be forgiven if the rest of the episode was goodâ€¦ But it wasnâ€™t.
So it seems the â€˜bad tripâ€™ which wasnâ€™t personally enjoyable was the only saving point of the entire episode due to the good animation. This is a pity because there are lots of ways that they could have made the episode workâ€¦ but it felt like the effort just wasnâ€™t done. Perhaps the producers were distracted and just felt like slapping something together.
Family guy was good for itâ€™s quirky story-lines, random slap-stick thrown in humor and pokes at pop culture and public figures. It has had character development for all characters through the seasons. I have some hope that proceeding episodes â€“will- get better due to the previews being shownâ€¦ but if it turns out to be a disappointment with an obviously slapped together episode with little finesse or caring, then Iâ€™m going to have to bid Family Guy goodbye and go to shows where writers and producers put more care into their work.
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