The original DVD thread can be found here, but if you never bought the DVD, feel free to add your thoughts. I'll just reiterate my thoughts that this was all kinds of awesome.
We come to the end of another FG season and I have to be honest, this was easily the worst season of the show's run to date. There are many reasons for this. The increased focus on Brian and Stewie was fun for a while, but their relationship has gotten increasingly weirder, which is too bad since they're going for the "best friends" vibe here. The jokes have gotten less and less funny, especially with the increased Jew jokes. And I can't say it enough, this show really missed Cleveland. Peter and friends doesn't work as well as a trio as it did as a foursome. I miss seeing Peter wreck Cleveland's house and having Cleveland around for the occasional black joke. This show has lost a whole lot of steam and they need a hell of a comeback year next season, because loyal fans are leaving in droves.
But if there IS any reason for optimism (much like The Cleveland Show), it's that when this show's on, it's still ON. Episodes like "Business Guy" and "Quagmire's Baby" show that FG can still bring the funny, but it really sputtered to the finish line.
It was an ok season. I think they probably spent too much time making the Cleveland show funny which it was and still keeping American Dad going ok. I thought last year's season was just ok as well. The show needs a spark of new life now whether it needs to add a new character or subtract a character is up to them. I do think the Brian/Quaqmaire feud is interesting and the flashbacks were down a lot by the end of the season which were becoming the main grip about the show. Looking back on it the flashbacks are where most of the comedy gold is. I say go back to that an fuck the rest of the haters on it ie South Park which probably had a worse season then anyone this year.
As for the episode itself, they got rid most of the unfunny parts, but it still felt butchered even with the commercials showing the deleted scenes. Still, it was better then most of the episodes this season and most of the comedy on TV right now. Good move doing it on the 30th Anniversary of Empire, too.
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That new movie Noel (by Chazz Palmentieri) is being released in limited release in the theaters and on DVD the same day (although it's one of those self-destructing DVDs). And then it will be on TNT a couple weeks later.