It was a Seth-sational Sunday, according to the Fox promo department, which means that Seth McFarlane, instead of having three-quarters of the animation bloc, instead, had all quarters, and one of them wasn't even animated! Weirdly, though, there was an undercurrent of self-loathing to all of the shows, as though McFarlane is slowly becoming aware of the fact that he's made some sort of unholy deal with the devil (is there any other kind?). Also, are there people out there who really idolize Seth McFarlane to the degree that selling an entire night based around the idea that he had a hand in every show (much less building a variety show around him) seemed like a good idea? They never gave Matt Groening a variety special! Since the night had two Family Guys, maybe some of the self-loathing was just the fact that that show seems more and more embarrassed by some of its excesses. But let's go to the tape and see what's what!
- Much as I didn't much like "Hannah Banana," I did really enjoy the way that action sequence at the end was animated. It was pretty high quality stuff for the show.
- Sorry for the lateness of these pieces. Didn't get one of the recordings and had to figure out other methods.
- I also watched this week's Sit Down, Shut Up, in my continuing attempt to review the show for the one guy in comments who really liked it. And I have to say that I didn't really dig this week's episode, outside of some of the meta-humor. Gross-out gags just aren't the kind of thing I like, and this episode had too many of them and too many more potential gross-out gags.
- "On her answering machine, how long after her message is the beep?"
- "Brian, is she calling dinner supper?"
- "You kids ever read Sherlock Holmes and think, 'Gosh, there aren't enough knife fights or explosions?' Well then, this is your lucky day!"
- "My dad loves herpes!"
- "And money designated specifically for prostitutes is missing."
- "Good job, mystery bunch!"