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Sunday, October 30th, Fox premiered a new cartoon in the 8:30 prime-time slot between "the Simpsons" and "Family Guy." The style and execution of the animation is beautiful. That being said, that is not enough to give this show even one star.
It is generally unfair to judge a series on the pilot episode, but the basis of the series has been set up. The series is set around Allen Gregory, an emo seven year old version of Charlie Brown in a gay Alex P. Keaton outfit. He has been home-schooled but is now being thrust into the public education system.
There are three points that are going to stick in the craw of those that do not like this show off the bat due to the feeling the popular media is trying to shove alternative ideals down our collective throats:
Allen Gregory's parents are a homosexual couple. There is a scene of hubby petting his hubby while describing what he feels. Don't worry, he was petting his partner's stomach. It could have been worse. We learn during the pilot one of the husbands was (is?) straight and had a wife and kid(s). The other husband pursued him so persistently that he just gave up and accepted it as fate that he should be with the other man instead of his wife. This was the closest thing to humor in the episode. Was it social commentary on the feminization of men in our culture? Was it a reflection of white guilt portrayed as heterosexual guilt just as whites voted for Obama that straights try the same sex out of "equality guilt?"
Allen Gregory falls in love with with his sixty-something female principal. Fine. In second grade I had a crush on my twenty-something teacher. I love the movie "Harold and Maude." When I was nineteen, if I met Maude, I probably would have fallen for her. This show portrays Allen's love fantasy as a visual sequence. Even though it is his fantasy, it is still a portrayed romantic and sexual fantasy between a seven year old and a sixty something year old, a pedophiliac episode depiction during prime time. They also did it to Phil Collins "In The Air Tonight." Try as you might, you cannot taint my memory of its use in "Miami Vice." There was no attempt at an allusion to true love but a thrust too gross the audience with overemphasizing varicose veins and the ravages of old age to the body.
Remember "the Breakfast Club" and Molly Ringwald had a Sushi lunch? So does Allen. However, the seven year old Allen has wine as a beverage to have with lunch. Yes, the school punishes him, but the parents packed the wine in the first place.
So, if you are not entrenched in Amish prudishness, was this show still decent?
There are several characters illustrated, the character development slims it down to fewer than what you see, and the dialog thins the cast down to two character types:
A character that discusses the current topic of interest. No other character dialog is listened to. No other character feelings are concerned. Dialog is pushed forward in self interest.
A character that discusses the current topic of interest. They understand what is going on. They wonder why they are being ignored.
Basically, writing dialog is extremely easy for this show. There are no conversations. Characters just bleat what they want.
Everything I complained about could be put together into a show and could be funny or it could be dramatically heartfelt and thought provoking. Unfortunately it was disjointedly awkwardly liberally pointlessly preachy and unfunny.
Yes, there is the general argument of parents should control what their kids watch, but I must stress that the promos I saw on FOX portrayed an overly intelligent kid entering public education. I did not see any of this grotesque humanity portrayed in the previews for this pre-bedtime TV show.
By now we all know "Family Guy" is NOT family friendly. When there is such a well defined change to adult programming, why would you put something more socially over the edge BEFORE it?
I wish I could recommend [ Adult Swim ] for this show, but everything about the show is boring or possesses an attempt as controversial while being meaninglessly offensive.
Really? Obama wants artists to do work for him and the compensation is their own artwork. No money. A job is doing work for someone and receiving compensation, ie. money. Heaven forbid anyone gets compensation for doing work on promoting the Jobs Bill.
What if you do not win? Look at the Submission Terms. Your artwork, name, and address can still be used by the campaign to promote the Jobs Bill and his re-election without any compensation.
Why don't we trust Obama? Why don't we like his Jobs Bill? He does not understand what a job or real work is.
By the way Obama, artists sign their artwork, not you you arrogant Marxist.
This will of course create a well-spring of new identity fraud methods. With the lax nature of allowing illegal immigration there is already a good customer base ready for this. There will be a lot of money to be had to provide this service.
This is why we are confused about what is the protesters' message, or is it messages? The only empty suit is Obama. If this is the equivalent of being a Liberal Tea Party wouldn't you want to speak more favorably of Obama?
Yes. A real war would be funded with money. However, to go along with this point, wouldn't this mean we would shoot the poor? Liberals are so mean!
I am sooo tired of this OccupyLocation stuff. Every conservative blog keeps poking fun at this diarrhea of stupidity. I am getting tired of watching people shoot fish in a barrel. Now I'm doing it! Can't wait for the first frost that sends them all home!
Occupy Wall Street is to what? Defy Wall Street? Defy Capitalism?
The #OccupyWallStreet movement was driven by an internet campaign. Without capitalism, this campaign would not have had legs. Capitalism made the technology that gave the ability to organize and record this campaign.
What about food? Donated! These people did not plan ahead of time to feed themselves and other people are doing it! It is just like living with Mummy and Daddy except outside. Oh yeah, and protesting Mummy and Daddy's prosperity.
Where would these people be without their G3, G4, or G5 phones? Their WiFi?
Where would they be without Capitalism to push the boundaries of "We can give you the most for less money?"
How poor are the poor? How deprived are they? What about this?
So what!? The poor get poorer and the rich get richer, right? Is this video a lie?
You're only young and dumb once. Don't become old and dumb too.
The vigor you have in your young age enables you to pull yourself up by your bootstraps into the upper-economic strata.
How dare you you expect to be wealthy straight out of college. School is not hard work. School work gives you a certification of knowledge. Then you get to work hard.
Sometime after thirty you will get to see rewards.
Once, we were young. We all were. Even our passed entrepreneur Steve Jobs was young once. Even still, at 56, he was too young to part ways with us. Below is a link to what is purportedly Steve Jobs being prepared for his first TV appearance. Basically, Steve Jobs first professional video media capture.
The bitter-sweet view of seeing our lost ones so young, even younger than our current selves, wonder if could we ever see the greatness, vision, and progress they offered back then if we could see them. Can we recognize it today? Will we recognize it tomorrow?
Two years later Perdue rubs the lamp again and the genie appears. "I am the genie of the lamp. You have two wishes left."
Perdue says "It's awful! Elections were suspended and they didn't work on solving our economic problems! Things are much worse!"
The genie said "You wished for the suspension of the elections so that they could work on the problem. You did not wish that they would work on the problem."
Perdue says "Okay. I wish for the elections to be suspended for another two years and that our congressmen and women will work on the problems we have without worrying about repercussions."
The genie said "That is actually three things: suspend elections, work on economic problems, and don't worry about repercussions. You can only pick two."
"Very well," said Perdue. "The elections are in a few months. I think they can get everything done by then, if we forget about suspending elections, with my other two wishes."
The genie said "Your wishes are granted."
A few months later Perdue rubs the lamp again and the genie appears. "I am the genie of the lamp, but you have no wishes left."
Perdue said "I know, but what went wrong? The politicians' solution for improving the economy was granting Federal spending to friend's and family's businesses! Things are more corrupt and even worse! How did this happen?"
The genie replied "You didn't want them to worry about repercussions."