Now we're still far from the old Family Guy, but I really enjoyed last night's episode. Nothing too special about this one, it deals with today's social media trends, but does so in a way that makes it look extremely exaggerated while in reality it's pretty accurate unfortunately.
A few hit and miss jokes here and there, but overall a much needed highlight of this season.
This episode is even more cynical than HTTPete. While that one was more of a general pisstake on how dumbed down the internet has made people, this one touches on a specific problem: people who glorify endangering your own health because it's "cool". The dark satire is further amplified by Meg continuing to promote unhealthy habits even when she's literally losing her legs, promoting some phony drug which apparently promises immortality. I like how Mila Kunis conveys a change in Meg's way of speaking as she put on a cool exterior and starts talking in that exaggerated way "kool kids" do, where every sentence sounds like she's promoting a mountain bike and waves her arms around constantly. Before she starts the eating trend, I thought it was funny when she told her dad which kind of abilities she has, and described what I'm sure is incredibly vulgar that was bleeped out. Meg having a dirty sense of humor has always has always made me chuckle. The plot goes to increasingly sillier lengths, which results in some real laugh-out-loud moments. Joe having the "Shining"-like ability to tell if something's wrong with people's legs, and Peter stabbing Cleveland just like in the movie. But the funniest part of that scene was the added reaction shot with Chris getting the abilities transferred to him with the same shocked reaction as Danny. Peter taking the Pancresta drug near the end is too crazy for words to even describe, but that made me laugh too.
The subplot involves Brian temporarily getting a new car after his old one is totalled, a Hummer, and starts driving around like a badass. I liked the transition of Brian first refusing to admit how he actually likes driving around liking cool, and then when he finally admits that he's having a ton of fun doing so feels devastated over the thought of giving it away. It was funny how they made fun of car fanatics by having a rock song (preferably a glam rock band) playing loudly on the radio, with Sam Elliot's smooth, countryside voice narrating. The two plots also intertwined into each other nicely by Brian coming to the rescue when Meg falls down, with Lois barely hearing him as "Lick It Up" is played at full volume. Brian and Stewie driving Mark Ruffalo bonkers at the end was a mirthful way to end it.
Lastly, Lois retorting Peter's claim that everything is back to normal listing off how things couldn't be more out control is one of my favorite ways for a Family Guy episode to end, where the absurdity is still very much present.
This and the previous two episodes have been very strong. I feel certain this season will go out on a positive note.
The Stewie Brian storyline had some really strong stupid silly moments that had me laughing and made this episode a must watch simply because of them. Definitely going to watch this episode again and I havent said that about a FG episode in quitee some time.
laugh wise id give megs part about a 7/10 but maybe a 9/10 when it comes to the social media aspect of it. Stewies and Brians id give about a 8.5/10 so gonna go with an 8ish/10.