Archive for the ‘Family Guy’ Category

First Impressions

September 11, 2007

So after recommendations from my colleague, I finally took the plunge and started seeing The West Wing. And although I’ve tried my best to try and like the show, I haven’t yet warmed up to it. Bear in mind, this might be similar to when Peter tried to read the New Yorker.

The show is interesting in parts, especially when tempers fly or when Martin Sheen is at his best. (As a side note, the only other Martin Sheen movie† I’ve seen is Apocalypse Now) But what somehow bothers me is how everyone is either too nice, too smug or too cute – I can’t believe that I’m watching a show about politicians. No one is trying to backstab one’s colleague, or get ahead and grab that promotion, or accept bribes, yada yada yada.

To be fair, maybe I’ve grown too cynical. Or maybe the smugness is because the office of the POTUS is involved. Or maybe, the show will eventually grow on me.Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to heighten my sleep alert to orange.

† I forgot, I’ve watched one more – the brilliant Departed.

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Jumping the shark

July 28, 2007

Of the many TV series that I have followed ever since coming here, a trend I have noticed is for shows to jump the shark. It is in a sense, very similar to death – inevitable, tragic (in most cases) and it does leave a void in your life. Various shows are forced to jump the shark at varying speeds – opinions will differ on this, but Friends started its decline from season 7 (which sort of coincides with Matthew Perry’s decline as an actor), Scrubs from Season 5, House from Season 3, 24 from Season 3, The Office (US version) from Season 3 etc. etc.

The only exception to the rule seems to be Seinfeld (of which I have seen relatively little of), which retired at its peak after 10 years. And of course, Family Guy, which as years go by just seems to get random-er and crazier, but still manages to avoid Jaws. I seriously believe that the Family Guy writers huddle together every week, come up with random ideas and celebrities they hate (or love, come to think of it), stitch them together and form a barely-recognizable-from-where-it-started-with-many-flashbacks plot – all fueled by healthy doses of coke or pot.

Which leads me to think of how hard it must be for writers to come up with fresh material episode in and episode out; actors to maintain chemistry and spontaneity in their performances; producers not to succumb to ridiculous product placements and directors not to throw in the towel by bringing in guest stars.

I wonder if blogs have a jump-the-shark threshold as well…

Postscript: You may have noticed I have conveniently avoided talking about the TV show Family Guy is supposedly inspired from. I have nothing against it per-se, it’s just that compared to Peter Griffin and his family, the S’s look like they need to get a life.

And out of a weird loyalty towards Family Guy, I have vowed not to watch the movie spin-off as well…

UPDATE: I am tempted to see it however, for Spiderpig.

What grinds my gears…

January 3, 2006

In the spirit of one of the funnier movies I saw this, ermm..last year, here goes my first published rant (no doubt I have engaged in countless verbal ones)

You know what really grinds my gears? New Year Resolutions…like Jan 1 is the only day a person can decide to suddenly become good. What is up with that huh? Like Jack the Ripper once must have thought –Peter Griffin

‘I resolve never to shed blood again, no wait…I still have 364 days before I stop’

Sheesh…what is even worse is when celebrities blurt out ‘My New Year Resolution is never to make any more resolutions’ For God’s sake I know that you guys are used to stuff being written for you, but Elmer Fudd could come with a better line than that!

And that – ladies and gentlemen is what grinds my gears…

Happy New Year Everybody!