Hidden Figures: Necessary and Super Awesome (Get it, NASA?)

“Hidden Figures” is directed by Theodore Melfi, who also directed the 2014 film “St. Vincent,” stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, and is based on a book written by Margot Lee Shetterly which is based on a true story of three African American women working at NASA who had a vital role in the early years of the US space program.

Just a fun fact, until I saw the trailer of this movie, I had no idea who these three women were, and after I saw it up until the point of going to see this film, I did no research on them. I also didn’t even know about the book this movie is based on, I still have never read it to this day. Without further ado, let’s move onto some characters.

The first character which will be brought up is Taraji P. Henson’s character of Katherine G. Johnson. I thought Henson’s performance as this character was very well done and it is the best out of every character in the movie. The establishment of this character at the very beginning of the film couldn’t have been done better. When the film starts it shows Katherine as a young child counting numbers and seeing which ones are prime and it is basically a montage of how gifted this child is. It’s a nice introduction to an interesting character. As far as resemblance goes towards the actual person, it’s pretty close. The glasses are a little different and the same goes with the hairstyle. Halfway through the film, I thought Henson gave a moment that could be shown during award shows. I’m not saying that she gave an Oscar worthy performance, but I am saying she did a spectacular job with the movie.

Octavia Spencer is in this movie as well and she plays Dorothy Vaughn. Watching her in this movie reminded me of watching Viola Davis’s character in “How to Get Away with Murder,” and I will admit that may be a terrible comparison, because I only watched part of the first episode, but it doesn’t change the fact that thought came to my mind at one point. Out of three main African American female characters in this movie, I felt like she was the most bossy, and I mean that in a compelling way, not a bad way. She also gave a feeling at the very beginning that made me realize how sophisticated and smart she was. When she was fixing the broken car in the beginning that vibe kicked in, it was like I was looking at a master at anything and everything if you will, I don’t know if anyone else got that feeling but I did somewhat.

The last main character is played by Janelle Monae and she plays Mary Jackson. I have to say out of all the women here she was certainly the prettiest, not that it means anything. With that aside, her story about attempting to get into these classes meant for all whites was extremely compelling throughout the film. It also just made me think, the amount of schooling that goes into a job like this, it must take up a good portion of your life just to get even one position at NASA. Fun fact, I actually know someone who works at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. According to their LinkedIn profile, the person I’m referring to has gone through “18 years of dreaming and dedication,” that’s literally how long it takes for someone to become an adult! My friend’s dream became a reality when I was 15 going on 16, so all of this dreaming and dedication began before I was even born! By the way, if you are curious, this person’s name is Kayla LaFrance, she’s a good friend of mine, and to stay on topic, she enjoyed “Hidden Figures.”

Now that we have the main characters out of the way, let’s move onto some other characters that intrigued me, starting with Jim Parsons’s character of Paul Stafford. This is not the first time Jim Parsons has played someone that’s related to the sciences, you may know him as Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory.” Just to be clear here, Paul Stafford was not a real person working at NASA, instead, he was essentially a stereotype put in this movie meant to represent white engineers who worked at NASA at the time which this movie took place. When you first see him in this movie, you may think of him as a random engineer going about his day at NASA, but one thing I noticed as the movie progressed, his character became more moronic. Granted, there was one scene where Paul thought he was following the rules, and I won’t completely reveal what the scene is, but it was like watching a spoiled brat when he reacted to the outcome at the end of the scene. Now that I am out of the theater and writing this, I’m realizing something about this character that I didn’t realize while watching this movie. I just recently mentioned Jim Parsons plays Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory,” in that show, he plays a theoretical physicist and he has a “Master’s degree and 2 PHds.” There is another character on the show, Howard Wolowitz, and he’s an engineer with a Master’s degree as his highest degree. There are multiple times which he is mocked by characters on the show because of this, including Sheldon himself. I find it hilarious because now, the guy who plays Sheldon is now playing the position on the show Sheldon was constantly making fun of.

*Also, little note on the image above, Kevin Costner is in this movie, but I wouldn’t say he’s worth discussing at the moment.*

Kirsten Dunst is also in this movie and she plays the character of Vivian Mitchell, much like Jim Parsons’s character, Dunst’s is also fictional. The views of this character are meant to represent the views of some white women during the 1960s and I’d say those views were delivered quite well. She acted like she didn’t talk a s*it about much of anything for a good portion of the movie and that really added a bit to her character. If you take the boss from “Office Space,” make him a woman, and made him act wicked serious, you’d probably get this character. She also reminds me of a teacher I currently have if they were a woman, not to an exact scale, but there are pieces of the puzzle that connect to bring similarities between the two people.

Last but not least, I’m not gonna get too deep into it, but this movie also has a love story attached to it. Quite a few movies, including ones based on true events have love stories in them as a subplot, sometimes it doesn’t work (I’m looking DIRECTLY AT YOU “The Final Hours”) but here, I’d say it worked. Why? It was compelling, it felt realistic, and I cared enough about the characters.

Also, let’s talk about the backbone of the story, these three women were computers, or mathematicians. Now, I knew that a computer is essentially a slang term for a mathematician that doesn’t really get used much nowadays for this association, I learned that in a vintage episode of Jeopardy in 6th grade and I still remember it. But with that aside, watching these computers, it’s just awesome that people did what they did back in the day. Nowadays, you have computer machines and calculators doing lots of work for you, but it is really interesting to see these three mathematicians doing their jobs. I can kind of connect with these folks per se because I actually do a ton of mathematics in my head, and I much prefer doing it that way. I think calculators and showing your work are kinda overrated in some circumstances. I don’t know about you but that’s how I feel.

Last but not least, before giving my verdict on the film, I’m gonna go over one of the parts of the film that is more intriguing the longer I think about it. At one point about 15-30 mins into the movie, Katherine wonders where the colored restroom is, it turns out that there isn’t any colored restroom by her in sight. When she asked Ruth (played by Kimberly Quinn) where the bathroom was, Ruth wasn’t able to answer her question. It took a bit for Katherine to find one until she finally discovered a colored restroom in the West Campus hall. Later in the movie, it is eventually blurted out that Katherine travels half a mile just to get to this restroom. This just highlights the racial issues of the 60s. While we are living in a time which segregation and certain racial issues may be becoming more common than it has been in some recent years, this is important to keep in mind and it kind of makes the movie feel like it is really necessary to have come out at a time like this.

In the end, while I had no idea behind the backbone of “Hidden Figures,” I’m definitely glad I saw it. I enjoy movies that have to do with space, and while this movie had more of a focus of the characters who weren’t going into space, it most definitely worked for the movie and it made it all the more interesting. This movie may inspire people to work in scientific fields, no matter what gender or race they may be. I’m going to give “Hidden Figures” an 8/10. I almost gave this movie a 7, I’m having a really hard time deciding whether I should give this a 7 or 8, but I feel like this movie will be remembered by quite a few people. Maybe once I see it again I might like it more the second time than I did the first, I don’t know, but now I’m feeling optimistic so I’m going with an 8. This movie was not only intriguing, but it was also true, the fact that it is true doesn’t really bump my rating any higher, but it’s just fascinating to know that this movie is true, granted there are elements of fiction in here, but I’d say they were necessary as far as storytelling goes. Stay tuned for reviews coming soon because tomorrow I’m going to see “The LEGO Batman Movie,” it just came out on Friday and I can’t wait to see this and get a review for it out to you all. This is probably one of my most anticipated films of the year and I hope it is as good as everyone says. Stay tuned for that review and stay tuned for other reviews coming up as well. Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

The LEGO Movie: Everything in This Movie is Awesome

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Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! Today I’m reviewing “The LEGO Movie.” Why am I doing this? Next Friday, February 10th to be exact, “The LEGO Batman Movie” will be out, so I figured I’d review this movie in the same universe as that upcoming movie, so I guess it kind of makes sense, right? Anyway, let’s start the review.

“The LEGO Movie” is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who also directed “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and stars Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, and Will Arnett. This movie is about a nobody named Emmett that is believed to be “the special,” which essentially makes him the most interesting person in the universe. Once one of the movie’s characters, Wildstyle, find this out from Emmett slipping this out by accident per se, he is then brought on a quest to save the universe from potential doom.

Let’s start off with the characters, starting with the main character of Emmett. Essentially, Emmett is shown at the beginning of the film trying to blend in with everyone, in one scene, it’s noticeable because he says loves “this” or “that” in front of his co-workers whenever they mention something they are going to do or something they like. I think this character was brought to life extremely well by Chris Pratt courtesy of stellar voice acting and excellent writing. By the way, the writing in this movie is one of the movie’s superior qualities and its something I’m constantly gonna bring up.

Next up is Wildstyle, she meets with Emmett at the start of the film and out of all the characters in the entire flick, I would say she wasn’t really my favorite. Well, guess what? That doesn’t say much because much like Emmett, this character was brought to life and well written. Although I do think if she wasn’t interacting with Emmett during the early chase scene in the film, that part wouldn’t be as fun and interesting as it was in the final product.

Morgan Freeman is also in this film and plays a blind wizard named Vitruvius. Once again, another well acted performance and another well written character. During the quest, this guy is essentially Emmett’s mentor. It’s not really surprising after all, a lot of movies have one for a younger character, and I will say in this movie it does work. I also will bring this up, Vitrivius also reminds me of a slightly more talkative and blind version of Gandalf. I wouldn’t say that’s a BAD thing because it works for his character, although it is a little cliche. Also not to mention Gandalf actually is in this movie, if you have not seen the movie look out for it.

Will Ferrell plays the villain in this movie, President Business, also known as Lord Business. His motivation is to glue everyone to the ground permanently so they will stop “messing with his stuff.” Are you really surprised to hear me say this is another lively and well written character? Because this guy is. Also, I’m gonna bring up one scene where he meets up with a character that goes by the name Good Cop/Bad Cop (Two characters in one essentially), he dresses up in this mega gigantic armor looking suit and makes a dramatic entrance into his office. Throughout the scene you can see this guy walking and it looks as if he is about to step on you! Also, when Will Ferrell says “Don’t be so serious.” It’s almost rather funny and scary at the same time.

There are so many funny characters in this movie, whether they be main characters or supporting characters, who’s the funniest out of all them in my opinion? That spot, goes to Batman, played by Will Arnett. Batman has some of the movie’s absolute funniest lines, Will Arnett gives a really great performance (I mean, what two things are you expecting me to say about any character in this movie?), and I’d say this character stole the show. There’s also an original song that was made for this character that plays for a few seconds during the movie, but if you watch the end credits, you can hear the whole thing there. During the credits, once you hear the words “Yes, this is real music!” The song has started, just an alert for those of you who are possibly curious to find the song.

Before we go onto anything else, I’m gonna bring up one more character, and it’s one that I already mentioned, and that character is Good Cop/Bad Cop. I really liked this character, or should I say, these characters for phenomenal voicework and excellent writing (If you’re sick of me saying this you are free to exit the review). These characters are played by the same actor, Liam Neeson, and when Liam plays Good Cop, he talks in a whimsical high pitch voice, when he’s Bad Cop, he sounds much like the badass you’d recognize from “Taken.” This character’s original and there’s one scene in the movie I won’t spoil, but it’s hilarious because Liam’s characters switch between their personalities at a pretty constant rate and based on the situation at hand, it adds to the hilarity.

I mentioned before that the voice acting in this movie is spectacular, but I’m not gonna talk about that, I just think it’s awesome. What I really want to get at is the story and writing. I love this writing for so many reasons. First off, the writers make this movie insanely funny for both kids and adults. To add to the humor, there so many references in this movie. You have Dracula, you have so many DC characters put into the film, you’ve got a mock version of Middle Earth called Middle Zealand, also you have Gandalf as well. You also have Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dumbledore from Harry Potter, Star Wars characters, Abe Lincoln, 2002 NBA all stars, and more. There’s some moments where some of the writing involves poking fun at some characters in one way or another, it’s hilarious! The jokes in this movie feel like they are going at a mile a minute and that completely works for this film! The movie essentially feels like it had “The Simpsons” style humor with much different characters and animation styles.

One of the biggest positives I can state from this movie is that while this is a movie that revolves around the product of LEGO, it never feels like a commercial for it. Sure, it may technically be one, stating which characters are already available in LEGO form, and perhaps even stating what can be built in terms of sets. In a world that has a video game based movie known as “Hitman: Agent 47” which feels more like a commercial for Audi, this is great. The fact that this movie is like this, only makes me build my hype more for “The LEGO Batman Movie.”

“The LEGO Movie” is in my opinion, one of the best animations ever made. It’s one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen, and while I have mentioned before it has incredible writing and voice acting, it most certainly doesn’t degrade the other awesome qualities this movie contains. I’m gonna give “The LEGO Movie” a 10/10. If you have not seen this movie, please see it once, you won’t regret it. Even if you don’t like animations, I think you will enjoy this movie. Anyways, I am soon planning to see “The LEGO Batman Movie” once it comes out in cinemas next week, and if you want to see some of my latest posts, I’ll post one down below, specifically my most recent one, which is my top 10 best “Family Guy” episodes. I’m debating on whether or not I should do a worst list but we’ll see the future holds. Also, one reminder about that post, it does happen to contain spoilers for certain episodes. Stay tuned for more reviews and posts. Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

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Top 10 “Family Guy” Episodes *SPOILERS*

Hey everyone, Jack Drees here, I know what you’re thinking, “What the heck is happening? This is TV, not movies! Is the apocalypse coming? I’m scared! Ahhhh!” Don’t worry, my movie reviews aren’t going away anytime soon, I just need time to watch movies. Although today I wanted to discuss my top 10 “Family Guy” episodes. “Family Guy” is one of my favorite shows of all time and it’s easy to see why, Seth MacFarlane brings a lot of innovation towards the definition of humor and how people view it today. Call it whatever you want, offensive, not your type of humor, or a ripoff of “The Simpsons,” but in the end, I don’t care, I still love this show and it’s one my favorites still on the air today. Also, just a warning, I’m not saying you should like these episodes, these are the episodes I personally like the most, if you disagree with me, might as well make your own list, different strokes for different folks ya know. So without further ado, let’s get counting down with my top 10 “Family Guy” episodes.

10: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side

One thing that “Family Guy” is well known for is its parodies on “Star Wars.” The show has done the entire original trilogy as a matter of fact, however they announced they aren’t going to do a spoof on “The Force Awakens,” which also likely means they won’t do one on any other “Star Wars” films they haven’t covered yet, but still, I’ll be fine with the way things are. Anyway, my bottom spot on the list goes to “Something, Something, Something, Dark Side.” “Something, Something, Something, Dark Side” makes fun of the “Star Wars” film “The Empire Strikes Back.” To me, some of the episode’s highlights include when Darth Vader (portrayed by Stewie) slams a mailbox with a bat labeled “NIMOY” (like “Star Trek’s” Leonard Nimoy), the moment when an AT-AT falls and acts like it has a stubbed toe (also a reference to an earlier “Family Guy” episode) and when Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker (portrayed by Chris) make fun of the twist that shocked everyone back in 1980. I’m just scratching the surface, but watching this episode is nearly as fun as watching the movie.

9: Stewie Kills Lois/Lois Kills Stewie

I’m giving this spot to two episodes because they feel like one episode split into two parts. While I will say that I do feel that “Lois Kills Stewie” is technically a better episode than “Stewie Kills Lois,” I should give “Stewie Kills Lois” credit where it’s due. “Family Guy” has built up since its first season that Stewie was an evil genius that always wanted to kill his mother and now in this episode, you can clearly see him trying. Also, in that episode, the clip when Lois and Peter are on the cruise ship and Peter repeatedly shouts “Bye!” on the ship is pure comedy gold. I think “Lois Kills Stewie” is a better episode storywise, it’s just about as funny as the previous one as well. Not to mention, that final duel between Lois and Stewie is epic to the tenth degree!

8: Wasted Talent

Up next is one of the first “Family Guy” episodes I saw, and that is “Wasted Talent.” This episode essentially is partially a spoof on “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and partially Lois trying to get a good student to play the piano in order to win a competition. The second part to me is the one I don’t really care as much about, but the “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” spoof is superb. When it comes to spoofing Willy Wonka, “Family Guy” did it’s own version of the Golden Tickets, only they had their version come out of beer, and with that in mind, the winners got to attend a tour of a brewery instead of a chocolate factory, and they even did musical numbers mocking the Oompa-Loompa song and “Pure Imagination.” By the way, remember the stubbed toe thing from “Something, Something, Something, Dark Side?” That came out of this episode.

7: The Fat Guy Strangler

Up next is “The Fat Guy Strangler.” I love this episode for so many reasons, but let’s start with the plot. First off, Lois’s brother, Patrick (played by Robert Downey Jr.), came out of an insane asylum and starts living with the Griffins, that’s pretty interesting so far, so what else can top it? Peter starts a club for fat guys. In terms of execution with that plot, it was very well done! Also, when you blend the two plots together, you get one really cool package. Plus, this episode has one of my favorite moments in “Family Guy” history, specifically, the moment when Peter goes to a checkup and FINDS OUT he’s fat. He states “OK, this is news to me.” The exchanges in dialogue before this whole thing happens is just gutbusting to say the least. Here’s some of the dialogue I’m talking about:

LOIS: So, Doctor, is Peter healthy?

DR. HARTMAN: My goodness, you’ll be dead within a month.

*Peter and Lois gasp*

DR. HARTMAN: Oh Haggard the Horrible, if you keep up that life of pillaging and dead turkey legs you’ll be dead within a month. Alright, onto you.

PETER: So whaddya think, pretty healthy huh?

DR. HARTMAN: Well let’s take a look at your physical results.

Dr. Hartman opens folder, then screams

Peter and Lois get scared for a moment

DR. HARTMAN: There’s a spider in here! Alright, here we go. Mr. Griffin you’re gonna expire in a month.

*Peter and Lois gasp*

DR. HARTMAN: (Holds up Peter’s driver’s license) This is your driver’s license, isn’t it? Now I’m afraid you’re going to die.

*Peter and Lois gasp*

DR. HARTMAN: When you watch these Dean Martin celebrity roasts!

If you think this isn’t funny, I need to sit down with you and talk.

6: Petarded

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#6 is Petarded, this is all about Peter discovering that he is mentally retarded. In case you have never seen an episode of “Family Guy,” there’s something about Peter that makes him an idiot, although based on how he’s portrayed throughout the show, he’s pretty much a lovable idiot, and I think this episode shows that. How does Peter discover he’s retarded? Well, after playing Trivial Pursuit with his family, and NEARLY screwing up on a children’s version question, he’s dared to take a test that smart people are meant to take and ace, and the results came in saying he’s retarded. This leads on to a very interesting and FUNNY episode. The story leads to Peter having to abandon his wife and kids, and go to court. There, we meet “The Ghost who Never Lies.” (If you see the episode you know what I’m talking about). If you have never seen this episode, give it a watch!

5: PTV

#5 is PTV. Say what you want about censorship, say what you want about swearing, say what you want about nudity, say what you want about blocking out certain content because children are watching, but if there’s one thing you can all agree on, it’s that this episode is awesome. The plot of this episode is that there is a wardrobe malfunction during the Emmys. This got lots of attention in the news and suddenly the town of Quahog, RI starts censoring everything in sight that may appear to be naughty on screen. For example, for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” the title slide for it says “The **** Van **** Show.” That’s cleverness at its finest! In response to this, Peter starts his own channel called PTV which was made with the intention to expose people to shows while showing them all the nudity, guns, violence, etc. Lois starts getting upset about this and calls the FCC, which actually unleashes one of the best songs ever done on the show. While Peter’s channel happens to get taken away, he says that the FCC can’t stop people from being who they are. Well, they can. Turns out they start CENSORING REAL LIFE! When Peter comes out of the shower, his balls are covered with a bar, whenever someone starts swearing one of the FCC guys blows an airhorn to censor it, when Lois and Peter try to have sex, they have to follow a guideline saying that they can’t touch, moan, or even move! When it comes to comedy and knowing the topic its focusing on, this episode is phenomenal!

4: Blue Harvest

That’s right, I think “Blue Harvest” is better than “Something, Something, Something, Dark Side!” “Blue Harvest” makes fun of the original “Star Wars” film, and out of all the “Star Wars” spoofs “Family Guy” has done, I’d say this is the best one. Much like the other spoofs, this is essentially an abridged shot for shot redo of the movie it’s based on, and it’s funny as hell! There’s so many moments to go over from this episode: Peter as Han Solo, Stewie as Darth Vader, Herbert as Obi-Wan, Peter mocking the music as it happens (which is probably much funnier if you seen “Star Wars”), and the couch gag. Holy crap… the couch gag. One of the funniest THINGS I’ve ever seen. It basically just runs on through the second half of the episode, and it starts off by making fun of moving couches or furniture through a door! It doesn’t degrade from there! This is one of the funniest spoofs I’ve ever seen and this is about as good as the original “Star Wars” film.

3: The Simpsons Guy

Coming in at #3 we have “The Simpsons Guy.” This episode is essentially a crossover between “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons.” What happens throughout is that Peter starts off the episode by publishing a comic strip in a newspaper. The locals started raving, but the raving soon turned into hate. Peter eventually made an addition to the series that was considered by a good number of people to be sexist. As a result, everyone starts to try destroying the Griffins’ home. Then they leave to somewhere, anywhere, then they suddenly end up in Springfield. They eventually run into Homer Simpson, who brings them to his home and introduces them to the Simpson family. From here on out, the episode does a really good job on showing relationships between the characters which increasingly get more hilarious the more I think about them (specifically between Bart and Stewie). The connection between Bart and Stewie I’ve witnessed throughout the episode was one of the funniest things I’ve witnessed during the entire series. You know something? That’s not even the best part, the two shows use their signature lines they’ve built during the series to their advantage. EXAMPLE: “Eat my shorts,” “What the deuce?” Also, I love the metaphor the episode provides to put the icing on the cake on how similar these two shows really are. Peter introduces the Pawtucket Patriot Ale to Homer, and he drinks it, he says “This beer tastes exactly like Duff, it’s just a lousy ripoff!” Peter responds by saying “Hey whoa whoa whoa! It’s not a ripoff of Duff! It may have been INSPIRED by Duff, but I… I like to think it goes in a different direction.” Turns out that Moe reveals that Pawtucket Pat was knocking off Duff, Moe ripped the sticker that had the Pawtucket Pat logo and it revealed the Duff logo. The two are in court, and the case for this is being judged by Fred Flintstone, who is in favor of Duff. By the way, we haven’t even gotten to my favorite part of the episode, the two are talking to each other and Homer feels bad for keeping Peter out of his job (he worked for Pawtucket Pat) and he tries to apologize. Peter replies by saying “You know, when I first met you, I thought to myself, hey! I love this guy! This is the funniest guy I’ve ever met, I’m gonna quote this guy to all my friends, I love his town, I love his family. But now, I think I speak for all of us when I say, I am over the Simpsons.” What happens from here? They fight. And I mean FIGHT. If you have ever seen one of the episodes where Peter fights a giant chicken, this fight is the Simpsons crossover equivalent to that. This fight is everything it needs to be and more. It mocks the two characters and shows, it DESTROYS the town of Springfield, it places the characters in various scenarios and settings, and it even goes nuclear. The two characters fall into nuclear waste and gain radioactive powers to fight against each other, it’s AWESOME and if you are a fan of either of these shows, seeing these two clash will bring joy to you for ten minutes. If you thought the fight between Batman and Superman from “Batman v. Superman” was cool, which I didn’t, this fight, is a million times as cool.

2: I Dream of Jesus

Coming in at #2 we have the last half-hour episode I’ll put on this list, “I Dream of Jesus.” Some of you may also refer to this as the “Surfin Bird” episode. This episode starts off in a 50’s style diner, and “Surfin Bird” by The Trashmen starts playing on the jukebox. Peter says it his “favorite song of all time.” Then, Peter starts dancing to the song, which is just funny and charming. Although it turns out that since this song was not from the 50’s, a guy who does business around the diner says that he wants to get rid of the record for the song, but Peter says he wants it. So he takes it home with him, he starts getting attached to the song and it annoys his wife when she’s trying to sleep. Then, we go to a scene where Peter is with Brian and Stewie. In what could possibly be one of the show’s top funniest moments and even the funniest moment of the episode, Peter begins to build up playing Surfin Bird and dancing to it, now Brian and Stewie are annoyed. Unlike Lois, Brian and Stewie plan to do something about this, so they plan to take the record while Peter’s asleep. Peter never finds out what happened, but he decides to go find another copy. In one of the record stores, he meets Jesus Christ. This show has done LOTS of stuff involving Jesus, but I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this. Peter doesn’t get the record, but he asks Jesus if he wants to come to his place for dinner, Jesus says he’s willing to do that and what happens from here is making fun of the Bible (referring to it as a storybook), and Jesus performing miracles. Later on, Jesus gets revealed to the public, he gets an interview on Jay Leno, becomes famous, goes on the MTV Movie Awards with the Pussycat Dolls, and more. This episode alone, would just be funny with the “Surfin Bird” side of the story, but adding the Jesus plot in there also adds to the humor. The real question here is, what could top this great episode?

1: And Then There Were Fewer

Ladies and gentlemen, my #1 “Family Guy” episode is “And Then There Were Fewer!” There are so many reasons why I love this episode, so where should I start? Let’s begin with the plot. Just about every memorable character on the show is invited to a large house called “Rocky Point Manor,” and when they arrive, they have no idea what they are in for. Who’s hosting this? James Woods. If you have seen other “Family Guy” episodes with James Woods, he starts off by becoming close friends with Peter, then in another he steals Peter’s identity to get revenge from being trapped in a crate by Peter to get Woods out of his sight, and in another he ruins Brian’s TV pilot. This episode is still funny if you haven’t seen any of those episodes, but the humor adds up slightly more if you have been exposed to those previous episodes. In this particular episode, Woods reveals that he married a girl named Priscilla (voiced by Ashley Tisdale), and that he recently became a born-again Christian because of her. Since he was a man of God at this point, he decided it would be right if he invited every single person he wronged to make amends. What happens here? You know what? I’m not even gonna specify, because spoiling this particular episode, while hard, isn’t worth it. So I’m just gonna talk about the things I love about this episode without spoiling a thing. First off, the tone. I know “Family Guy” is famous for it’s humor and it’s a part that just about every fan is looking to view in each and every episode, and this episode, while being very funny, tries to be serious, and it ABSOLUTELY works. This is a murder mystery, a freaking murder mystery, and instead of trying to be funny, it comes off like an intense Hollywood film. Second, and I think this is somewhat overlooked, but the music in this entire episode shouldn’t be tampered with. If “Family Guy” had an entire album dedicated to every piece of music from this episode, I’d buy it when it first comes out. Also, you know how some 3D movies are distracting and some are immersive? Well, this is the first “Family Guy” episode to air in HD, and it tries to show that off, and how is it? Well, it’s immersive! Wait, there’s more! When it comes to comedy, some of my favorite moments from the show come from this episode, such as the “Hollywood” sign gag. I also won’t go without mentioning the introduction, which is just BEAUTIFUL. The music and animation in that 2 minute intro go together like a burger and fries. The sad part though is that the episode cuts out the intro if you’re watching it on TV, you can only see it on streaming services and on DVD. To hit the point where it needs to be hit, I can’t think of one scenario when I cared more for any of the show’s characters than I did in this one episode, and that’s AMAZING. I could go on forever about this episode, but I’d be wasting precious time.

“Family Guy” is in my opinion, one of the best shows ever made, Seth MacFarlane is a comedic genius and he deserves every bit of attention he gets. What is your favorite “Family Guy” episode? Do you agree with my list? Do you have a list of your own? Leave a comment! In terms of upcoming movie reviews, I’m hoping to see “The LEGO Batman Movie” and “John Wick 2.” I don’t think I’m gonna be seeing anything this upcoming weekend but I might go see “La La Land” for a second time. Stay tuned for upcoming reviews and more posts! Scene Before is your click to the flicks!