Family Guy Is Getting Dark: “Send in Stewie, Please” Recap & Review

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I don’t know what it is about this show anymore, but it looks like the usual antics of this crazy animated family is about to take a sudden twist. Or perhaps it already has. We’ve seen Family Guy get real before, but the episodes in season 16 seem like they have just had bigger breakthroughs after breakthroughs. Shocking things that you would have never thought would happen on Family Guy, pretty much happened. There seems to be this modest, low-profile pattern that keeps happening when long running cartoons reach their “teen” seasons (10 and up). South Park has went from a show about vulgar and satirical humor, to having epic story lines in their newer seasons. I mean, South Park will always be the way that it is. But the ongoing story lines that are longer than two or three episodes is something that I never thought I would see. Even people notice that a show like SpongeBob Squarepants is getting a little on the dark side. It could just be a shakeup on the writing teams of these shows, but things are getting real and I think I can add Family Guy to this list.

Like I said, Family Guy has gotten real and dark before. With the grand who-dun-it style episodes like “And Then There Were Fewer” part 1 & 2, to Brian’s shocking death in “Life of Brian”. This latest episode did involve a death but it was more on the psychological (literally) spectrum and seeing Stewie Griffin on a whole other level. It really reminded me of one of those long, unedited interviews with celebrities where we see a side of them that we have never seen before. In “Send in Stewie, Please”, it’s almost as if we are truly meeting Stewie for the first time. Stewie has been sent to his school’s child psychologist for pushing a classmate down the stairs. As the psychologist is trying to make sense of Stewie’s actions, doing what a normal psychologist does, Stewie turns it completely around and begins to attack the psychologist’s personal life based on a photo he has seen of him and his husband.

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When that little plan doesn’t work, Stewie breaks down and opens up, and we learn some things about Stewie that we’ve never thought of or have always wondered. First off, Stewie does not label himself as gay exactly. He states that he does believe that he could be sexually fluid, when he was telling the psychologist about how much he likes (but not like-like) the boy who he pushed down the stairs. Of course throwing in how he thinks of himself as “less gay” than he was before. Stewie went on to wholeheartedly reveal how he thinks that no one understands him and how he doesn’t fit in with the other kids. For that reason, Stewie has suppressed his true self, and even his true accent. Yes, throughout the episode the psychologist who is actually British, also tried to make sense of why Stewie, someone who’s not British, has the accent. Stewie finally confessed that his British accent is fake and revealed his real accent. At that moment, you could probably hear millions of people around America gasping, but not surprised. The psychologist was pleased to see that Stewie has accepted his true self, stating how he is now just like everyone else. That single comment didn’t sit right with Stewie, who realized at the end that he truly does not want to be like everyone else, reverting back to his faux accent. Here comes the dark part so buckle up. The psychologist soon suffers from a heart attack towards the end of the session and asks Stewie to hand him his medication. Stewie states that since he’s the only one who knows his secrets, then he must let him die. Stewie watches him die, carelessly and seemingly without remorse. The episode then cuts to Stewie’s bedroom at night, when Stewie woke up screaming from a nightmare. Brian comes in to see if he’s alright, then Stewie asks if he could sleep beside him that night. Stewie begins clearly showing guilt and remorse for letting his psychologist die.

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For someone who used to shout about world domination and attempt to murder his own mother at numerous times, I have definitely seen a dramatic change in Stewie. This episode is definitely on my list for one of the most shocking Family Guy episodes to ever air. As a fan of the series, “Send in Stewie, Please” has helped me have a better understanding of Stewie and his personality. From his rant about Bethenney Frankel to rapping a Hamilton song, Stewie yet again wins me over with being my absolute favorite character on the show. I give this episode 5/5 stars (A+). Though long running shows often tend to make dark and shocking revelations, it’s what makes the show worth watching after so many years. The closing scene is what really won me over. The worrisome look in Stewie’s eyes prove that he did get something out of his session with the psychologist. Maybe he did change when it comes to empathizing with others. At the end of the psychologist session, Stewie made it clear that he doesn’t need to change how he’s always been, but what if he did after all?

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Netflix’s ‘Big Mouth’ Shows How Big of a Monster Puberty Is

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Netflix has really outdone themselves with this one. If you really wanna know how deeply humiliating, awkward & frustrating the phase of puberty truly is, then I’d have to say Big Mouth has it down packed, with a touch of comedy of course. The series is based on a couple of the creators – Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg’s pre-teen years. Geez, if these guys really experienced the wrath of what is known as “The Hormone Monster”, then I wish them nothing but luck with this series. I don’t know if it’s possible to simply sum up such an insane story of tweenage troubles, but I’m willing to attempt.

First off, talking genitalia?! What about monsters named Maurice who pressures you to participate in hormonal urges like masturbation – even if you’re having a sleepover with your friend and they’re laying like.. RIGHT THERE. Can’t forget about the Hormone Monstress who’s preying on the female characters and encouraging their hormonal rage.

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“Listen to me. You wanna shoplift lipstick. You wanna listen to Lana Del Rey on repeat while you cut up all your T-shirts. You wanna scream at your mother then laugh at her tears!”

Maya Rudolph as Connie the Hormone Monstress

These are definitely things that are out of the ordinary and is shock value material. Well, Big Mouth premiered on Netflix on September 29, 2017, and there’s no doubt that it caused some shock, along with other emotions. The show surrounds the lives of Nick Birch and Andrew Glouberman, two best pals who are just trying to figure out just what the heck is happening to their bodies. While pushing through their awkward puberty years, they are accompanied by other friends Jessi, Jay, and Missy – who are dealing with “the changes” as well. Season one introduced us to Andrew’s conflict with the Hormone Monster and Nick not knowing how to deal with the fact that his best friend Andrew has grown “bigger” than him in certain places. This causes conflict between the two. The season went on to tackle other topics such as menstruation, sexuality, hormonal rage, y’know… the usual stuff that can be a huge pain to deal with starting in your tweenage years.

There has been some mixed reviews & unfavorable opinions about the show’s animation, but overall Big Mouth is doing outstanding. It currently has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes and Common Sense Media gave it a 4/5. The show is entertaining and has a great cast on their hands, some notable ones including (but not limited to) Jenny Slate (as Missy), Jordan Peele (as The Ghost of Duke Ellington, Freddie Mercury, etc.), Maya Rudolph (as Diane Birch, Connie the Hormone Monstress, etc.), Fred Armisen (as Elliot Birch, Bus Driver, etc.), and Kristen Bell (as Jay’s pillow). Netflix gets a lot of hype for their live-action original series, so it’ll be exciting to see Big Mouth dominate the streaming service in the animation department. If you’re done with season one and ready to see more Big Mouth in the future, you’re in luck because the series was just renewed for a second season that will air in 2018.

South Park Premieres Season 21 With White Supremacists vs. Electronic Personal Assistants

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You can always count on South Park to add a satirical effect to the real problems happening in America and pop culture today. So far Trump’s presidency isn’t referenced but it is just episode 1 after all. Season 21 premiered tonight with “White People Renovating Houses” and tackled the “major issue” that the confederate flag waving white supremacists in South Park, Colorado think is happening. Electronic personal assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Echo Dot & Google Home are stealing their jobs. South Park writers never fail to turn the mirror on certain individuals. They’re going to tell you exactly how you look, just saying. Especially if you’re someone who has your own TV show where you “flip houses”. It was a pretty humorous nudge at all of those home improvement shows happening right now, and it’s always nice to see Randy caught up in yet another mainstream activity. Anyone who ships Heiman (Heidi x Cartman) better have a seat, because we also got to see the downfall of their relationship, which ends in the most dramatic way possible. What can you really expect with Cartman at this point?

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