Some Things Should Stay Dead
Jordan | May 7th, 2011
Unlucky There’s A Family Guy
So, due to a little miscommunication, this comic tells a slightly different joke than I intended. The comic comes off like we’re saying, “Josh is mean to the New Guy, so OF COURSE he wouldn’t watch a show with him” which is all well and good but I intended it to read, “The best new Family Guy episode still isn’t that good”. The mix-up is my fault since I didn’t do a good job (or really any job at all) at explaining the shots. As the writer of a comic, it is, and should be, my job to Direct each episode and fully explain my vision. I just assumed Sale was in my head and knew what I was thinking. I dropped the ball and to both Sale and to you, our readers, I’m sorry for my mistake.
Hey, at least the grammar is all correct… I think.
Now, this leads me into my originally planned post with this comic…
The Lives And Deaths Of The Shows We Love
I was amongst those calling for Family Guy to be saved after it’s sudden cancellation in 2002 and was ecstatic when, 3 years later, it got brought back to FOX, where it’s been a mainstay of the Network ever since. Honestly, the show deserved to get a second chance based on it’s first 3 seasons and it came back nearly as good as it had been before it got the axe… for a while, anyway. Eventually, the show grew tired and relied more and more on gross-out humor to fill out it’s 22 minute run time. Now, that happens and it’s ok to simply run out of fresh material but that, for me, is when I just turn the channel (which I sadly have done with Family Guy). Community is another example, great first season, got saved by die-hard fans, stuck around for 2 more years and has just gotten worse and worse since (with a few amazing episodes and moments thrown in there to give us hope).
Although a slow, humiliating death isn’t exactly ideal, it’s still much preferred to going down like Firefly or Arrested Development did, while they were still at the top of their game. At least we know that Family Guy eventually got unwatchable, with Firefly we, as fans, are stuck with 14 amazing episodes and one fantastic movie and a single, burning question. What if? What if it got another season in a good time slot with the Network’s support, could it have made it as big as us, the fans, thought it should have? Instead we are all left with nothing but the improbable hope that the Serenity will fly again. For me, I think I’d rather they’d burn out than fade away.
Here is hoping that the success of The Avengers will put Joss Whedon in the position to do any project he wants and, if he has another season of our favorite Space Western plan out, let’s hope the Brown Coats will rise again…
Jordan: What do you think, Mal?
Malcolm Reynolds: I’m thinking we’ll rise again.
Jordan: Hehe, quoting Firefly will never get old.
Malcolm Reynolds: God knows we never got the chance to…
Jordan: And that’s what “Grinds My Gears”.