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Star Trek: Family Guy

November 11, 2008

I’ve managed to avoid ever seeing Family Guy, which some people say is very funny but seems to me a bit, uh, stupid. From what I know of it, it has a lot of smart pop-culture references, but is also crude and a little mature.

But I may watch at least one episode in the new season: creator Seth McFarlane has hired the Star Trek TNG cast to reprise their roles.

Seth is no stranger to the Trek world. He’s a fan who parlayed his star status and played Ensign McFarlane on a couple of episodes of Enterprise, and Patrick Stewart appears on his other series, American Dad, which I also have never seen. Seth has popped Trekness into his shows before, but this is a full-on cast reunion (no word on Wil Wheaton, though).

This is from an interview Seth just did with the Associated Press:

Q: “Let’s talk about what pays the mortgage: Family Guy. What’s new for the seventh season?”

MacFarlane: “In one episode, Stewie kidnaps the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. They (the original cast members) all came back, reunited to do their voices for us. Brian tries to legalize pot in Quahog (Rhode Island, where the show is set). Peter tells the story of his ancestry. Down the line, we have our Family Guy abortion episode, believe it or not. Hats off to Fox for letting us take some risks, as always. There can be a lot of trouble, but at the end of the day, they do generally step up for risky, sensitive, topical stuff.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think there should be cartoon shows about abortion. Not that the topic should be ignored; it’s just that kids watch cartoons and a lot of parents don’t, so it would be easy for little ones to tune into this show without their parents realizing how mature the content is. This goes beyond abortion and drug references; there’s a lot of rough language and sometimes the Griffin children don’t listen to their parents. Perish the thought!

That being said, it will be cool to see animated Trek again, even if it’s a one-time deal. Hey, it’s Trek on TV, and that’s never a bad thing.

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