Man, this one was just odd. It was REALLY light on the manatee jokes and it wasn't like last week's "Brian & Stewie" where it was a special occasion.
But that last segment just seemed to drag on and on AND ON until the payoff with Quagmire beating the holy hell out of Brian. Brian's "I f***ed your dad" retort was meant to get a laugh, but by that point, the episode just felt beyond weird and slightly uncomfortable. More than anything, though, it really wasn't funny.
I don't know where else they can possibly go with Quagmire and Brian's feud, but this isn't funny like Peter and the Giant Chicken. Quagmire and Brian going at it was nice for a one-shot, but a full-blown bad blood feud just seems a little too much.
I think it was more of a serious episode which I thought was weird as well. The "I fucked your Dad." line was not meant to be a laugh line as much as it was meant to be a shock line. Brian's extended puke scene went on forever. I don't think it was a bad episode, I think they were going for something different and it just didn't click. They are also on a weird stint of making everyone unlikable especially the Lois/Peter/Brian scenes. I think the show took a hard left last night and I am curious to see if its going to continue or this is just a once a season type of thing. I disagree with Brian/Quaqmire, I think the show needs a blood feud just to keep it interesting.
I've pretty much always been creeped out by the interspecies sex thing. When it was just Brian lusting in his heart for Lois, that's a different thing. And there were funny aspects of Brian *dating* Jillian. But when it got to where the sex was blatant, I get squicked out. (I feel basically the same way about Herbert. He can lust after Chris & the other boys, & still be sympathetic. But having him act on that would be icky.)
Brian fucking both Sea Breeze (Pewterschmidt's greyhound) & Jillian is yucky.
I'm also not a big fan of the fountains of barf that Seth does from time to time. The worst one was, of course, all the "boys" sitting around the family room drinking ipecac -- last one to barf wins, & Lois, clean this mess up. But I'm even less enamoured with this.
And, for third, I don't like a human beating up a dog. Yeah, I know. And oddly, I wasn't that bothered by Stewie-as-loan-shark beating up Brian. (That was the Shipoopi episode.) I feel like they're pretty much on the same level, & are both surreal. I think I'd be fine with Brian having a gay relationship with the American Dad koala. So long as they were both consenting adult animals.
(Yeah, I am a chick. Is there a problem with that?)
So, among those 3 elements, no, this wasn't a fave ep for me. But then again, the "eat my shit" element of the episode last week wasn't all that engaging to me either. I think these are both episodes that I'll skip when they come around on the AS & syndication rotations.
Originally posted by emmaBut then again, the "eat my shit" element of the episode last week wasn't all that engaging to me either.
I can't tell you how much I absolutely hated last week's episode - to the point that I think I need to take a break from the show for a while.
I am so with you. I hated last weeks episode so much I thought long and hard about deleting Family Guy from my DVR. Last weeks was so disturbing and so wrong that it actually made me feel sick. I watched it this week with a co-worker (who also hated last weeks) and relief was more my feeling that disgust. I do hate this show however when Lois and Peter are nasty to everyone and have that superiority vibe going. Laughing at Brian for screwing Quarmire's "dad" is one thing - being douche bags for everything else is another.
I hated last week's episode also, and I agree that it was incredibly gross, but uh, it's Family Guy, people. This show has never been and never will be accused of being classy.
I hated that episode but not because of some sense of, "Oh this is so nasty, I'm above watching this show." It was because it just seemed incredibly self-indulgent on Seth MacFarlane's part to do an hour-long episode with just two characters essentially bantering back and forth with the occasional joke thrown in. It just wasn't all that funny.
(NOTE: I didn't even finish last week's episode, so maybe my statements don't apply to the whole thing. I just couldn't make it the whole way. Too boring.)
Originally posted by StingArmyIt was because it just seemed incredibly self-indulgent on Seth MacFarlane's part to do an hour-long episode with just two characters essentially bantering back and forth with the occasional joke thrown in. It just wasn't all that funny.
I guess I could understand SOMEONE other than myself finding the scatological aspect of last week's show as funny, but I thought it was gross and totally unnecessary. But it's Family guy - they push the boundaries and sometimes miss, so whatever... (I actually thought the ipecac scene that Emma referenced was pretty funny.)
But even if you found the first half of the show funny, the whole "Brian is borderline suicidal" thing was not at all funny. It was as though, after eight seasons of absurdity, suddenly MacFarlane decided to do a "ON A VERY SPECIAL EPISODE OF..." episode - which was totally depressing and barely watchable - and, most importantly, not even remotely funny. And I am not trying to say that it is untouchable subject matter - but the way MacFarlane handled it in that episode made me feel like I was watching a show OTHER THAN Family Guy.
I have to agree with everyone else. Anymore, watching Family Guy feels like a chore I have to get through in order to watch American Dad. I haven't found it to be consistently funny in about a year, and last week's shit-eating episode was bad enough to make change the channel. (As an aside, the reason I say Family Guy feels like a chore I have to do is because there is NOTHING counter programmed against it. I spent about 40 minutes last week just moving between channels.)
Also, one more thing. When MacFarlane make some offensive jokes about Jews in a single episode, I can accept that he was just trying to be edgy. When he does it consistently every week on almost every one of his three shows, that feels a lot more like he's probably just racist.
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The 3-minute shorts are called "Cracking Contraptions." There are ten of them on the newly-released DVD "Wallace and Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures" (which also has Grand Day Out, Wrong Trousers, and Close Shave).