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Harper Kingsley ([personal profile] harperkingsley) wrote2015-12-08 04:46 am
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Family Guy is a good show because of the group dynamic

Family Guy is a good show because of the group dynamic. Sometimes the humor is ridiculously horrible, but nearly every episode has some kind of redeeming value. So even as you cringe from what you're watching, you can't get yourself to look away.

I've got more like for American Dad at this point, but it's hard to resist the allure of Stewie and Brian bantering their way through Stewie's childhood. It makes all those "grown up Stewie living awesomely" fics seem like they could be some kind of canon. I mean, Hannigram[1] came true, right?

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This one... I like the way they're playing it. Because to be honest I prefer all the sex stuff to remain on the fanfic side of things. Too much visually graphic sex totally squicks my asexual heart. I'd rather read hardcore romance stories than have that be the canon sex scene I remember.

I've read some truly amazing Hannigram, 00Q, EggsyHart, Arthur/Eames, Sherlock/John stories. I've seen some eye-popping artwork. There's been plenty of fanworks that have completely blown me away. So there's always something out there for anyone's taste or preference in an active fandom.

As long as canon hints at the possibility of something, a lot of people are satisfied to make up the rest. But the minute it's right there in living color? Sometimes the liking for Willow/Xander stories dries up and the vamp!Xander/Angel stories take over and it's a natural progression onto the next ship.

Though I'm telling you, the *second* Spike/Buffy showed a canon sex scene, I lost my proverbial boner. I prefer some mystery to what I'm watching. Like, I'm fully capable of writing some fucking awesome Spuffy. But I don't write it because of what I saw on that crappy television (that only got four channels and made my life a complete misery as I scrambled to watch Buffy and Roswell). It was bad enough that I was trying to watch all that violence and teen end-of-the-world angst with my grandpa in the room... but then all of a sudden there started being UPN/WB/CW-levels of sex crossing that screen.

I am never going to get over that trauma.

So I prefer my canon television shows to go lightly on the visual sextifications. I'm just not into the faces they make and the awkward feel of it all. It's never how I mentally pictured the scene happening.

"Sometimes I get turned right off on the character."

I don't need a "did they or didn't they?" scenario. I mean, everyone knew that Mulder and Scully were doing it, so it was frustrating that they never came right out and said it. There was just something so ridiculous about the romantic mystery by the end of the series. I stopped watching way before then because there was some kind of nightmarish reverse-fanservice happening at that point. The writers were obviously fucking with some portion of their fanbase. There was just too much obvious running around the subject of Mulder and Scully having sex or being in love. It felt very intrusive. I was wishing they'd have a totally graphic onscreen sex scene so the show could finally move on with the rest of the storyline.

We don't need a bunch of exposition, but give us something!

Though I do wish they'd done some more subtle build up in CSI about the whole Grissom/Sarah thing. It seemed very abrupt (as though someone had complained about the Grissom/Nick or Grissom/Greg ship and felt the need to sink it. The "we've been in love for years and years"-thing too seemed a bit forced, especially considering the whole "don't be homos" thing happening between the network and the stars. The show had already been a bit tainted for me. So to have them throw the Grissom/Sarah relationship at me? No thank you, very much). I never bought into the Grissom and Sarah being married thing, and then the long-distance husband deal bombed.

That's what kinda killed the show's fandom appeal for me: the canonization of the Grissom/Sarah relationship. Because it came out of left field. Grissom always seemed completely not-into Sarah, and that was cool. Because she had Hank and her computer and girlpower. She was getting over her crush for the older professor that didn't screw her in college. That was her thing! Meanwhile, Grissom flirted with Lady Heather and the idea of exploring his sexuality, but he remained a bit of a mystery. (For all anyone knew, he was bending Greg Sanders over any flat service, or was the bought and paid for sub of Captain Brass. Or maybe Catherine liked to chain him to a bed after a night of eating pasta and drinking wine. The possibilities were endless.) So to ruin that... I lost a bit of love for the characters.

There was something pathetic about the Sarah pining over Grissom stuff. She got him, then it turned out exactly as he'd warned her it would when he was rejecting her for 10 (15? 20?) years. Then he divorced her after some one-sided phone calls. And that's what we had for a bunch of episodes. Half-assed crime solving overshadowed by the Sarah-show as she forced everyone to deal with her divorce while they were supposed to be working. I wanted their relationship to go back offscreen. It was exhausting.

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In the successful!Stewie storyline, he sometimes becomes a cold and forbidding corporate guy. He's Lex Luthor-levels of rich and powerful, though he doesn't go out of his way to destroy people or the world. He's a guy with a high-paying job that should have everything he ever wants in his life.

But he's not happy. Because Brian isn't there. Brian has been dead for years. And Stewie--Stewart to everyone else, but always Stewie in his own head--hasn't gotten over it.

Because Brian was his best friend. His confidant. His soul mate and childhood companion.

Which made burying him when he was twelve years old one of the worst things to ever happen to him. Because no matter how he'd lengthened Brian's life or did all kinds of techno-wizardry, at the end of the day a hard-drinking, hard-smoking, hard-living dog just didn't live as long as a human did.

Stewie had traveled through time and changed the universe before he was out of diapers. He'd done and seen pretty much everything.

He should have been able to keep Brian alive.

But science had failed him. And Brian had smiled at him, told him it was all right.

It was hard to forgive himself after that. He'd turned away from science and focused on business and politics. Money became his driving force for years and years and years.

Until Brian had come back to him. A Brian lost through time but with that same sardonic wit and ability to make Stewie feel alive.

His dog came back to him.

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And this is why they invented weed.

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