On Sunday night I tuned into a fresh episode of Family Guy, which I haven't seen for a while. I was pleasantly surprised when "Space Cadet" opened with an homage to Monty Python, which featured the main characters popping up Terry Gilliam-style. But I fell for the ol' bait and switch: I was terribly disappointed with the episode itself.
"Space Cadet" was boring! Usually, if someone has a criticism of Family Guy, it's related to its low-brow humor, or nonsensical cutaways, or derivative stories. Even with all the offensive humor, Family Guy is still funny. However, I rarely laughed at all during the episode. Even Stewie didn't have the usual punchlines I've come to snigger at. Was the accidental trip into space supposed to be funny? Bleh.
I can say that, at the very least, and refreshingly so, Family Guy tried to tell a story that had sensitivity; Peter and Lois were concerned about their son's performance in school and felt guilty when Chris overheard them call him an idiot. Wow. That's pretty heartwarming for Family Guy.
Maybe the next time I tune in, Family Guy will keep the thoughtful, relatable storyline, but add in the outrageous humor I've come to expect.
Picture courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.