I really wish they had left this episode on the cutting room floor, because it highlights everything wrong with this show in its current state. Time for a rant.
Trapped in the middle of the hurricane, Meg finally decides that now is the time to stand up for herself over all the abuse and bullying she takes from her family. And she manages to continue doing so, despite all the repulsive snark and bile that everyone hurls her way. So when Meg comes to the big realization that she's a noble lightning rod for ugliness and hatred, she comes up with the solution of taking one for the team and telling her family that she's a horrible person and everything is her fault.
Any other show would have had the family meet her halfway and promise to try and be better (even if that doesn't necessarily stick). THIS show, five years ago, would have tried to be cute about it and lightly shrugged it off in a more satirical fashion, so that it'd be terrible, but it would at least be funny. So what do we get? A return to the status quo, as the family all take potshots at Meg and go back to treating her like dirt, without any hint of humor or satire.
That is how you create some atrociously loathsome characters and I weep at what this show has become sometimes. I'll give this to them, at least Peter was trying to take everything with his trademark sense of humor. But...sigh...remember when Lois used to be likable? When did she turn into...THIS?
On the other end of the spectrum, we have Brian's drug trip. And I absolutely LOVED Brian's drug trip and all the zany, artsy claptrap that it resulted in. It reminded me a lot of Homer's chili trip from The Simpsons shortly after their prime. If the episode had purely focused on Brian's mushroom-addled brain, it could have been great.
Instead, it's another sour taste in my mouth, as I continue to follow the regression of these beloved characters from funny and irreverent to pompous and despicable. It's a thumbs down for me this week.
This show just isn't any good anymore. I think the only reason I watch it anymore is to get to American Dad. I can't even begin to tell you how sick I am of hearing Peter make an annoying sound for two minutes just because Seth Macfarlane thinks it's funny to piss off his audience.
Being mean can be funny, but this show is just mean hearted more than it's not and that just isn't all that funny anymore.
This episode made me think of King of the Hill. By that I mean in that show Bill was the big doofus and idiot and every once in a while their would be that one episode where Bill would learn to not take crap anymore or act like a fool and dedicated to bettering himself. But by the very next episode he was back to his normal self.
That happens here with Meg. Not the first time she has brought up how she is treated like crap by the family but things wont change and by next episode we will right back where we were.
Stewie is now the MVP of the show. I didn't think it was as terrible as everyone else. I like Meg standing up for herself, but I hated the revert back, because people feel bad. At least, Brian acknowledged Meg was the strong one.
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I thought both the A and B story sucked here. Brian's drug trip was just too "out there" for me to enjoy any of it. And the fact that they did more gross-out stuff with him didn't help. The only redeeming quality of the episode was "Stewie just said that."
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The Tin Man miniseries was pretty interesting. Sometimes the acting got a bit into the Lithgow/Shatner school of dramatic overacting, but on the whole it was a pretty cool retelling/reimagining of the Oz mythos.