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Our Official List of MUST-WATCH AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE EPISODES

26 Apr
It’s been two years since we’ve published anything on this blog. The loss of Aqua Teen hit us hard. Now that The Simpsons is getting on in years, and we’ve also lost Regular Show, and Gumball is ending– American Dad! is still on, but different (and so on) animated TV shows seem on a strange decline (at least that’s how it seems to us).

I’ve been writing reviews over at BubbleBlabber — most recently for episodes of Family Guy, American Dad! and The Simpsons, among others.

We’re still Aqua Teen fanatics here- we run the biggest, baddest Aqua Teen fan page on Instagram – follow us there if you can/want to– we’re over 8000 strong!

Many people have asked, so here is a comprehensive list of our favorite Aqua Teen episodes. This is a selection culled from seasons 1-11, in chronological order, just how it should be.

There are 58 episodes here, and combined, they will run you about 10.5 hours total to watch. That’s not much! Just a little over a normal workday! You should watch all of these if you haven’t already.

The episodes with asterisks/stars next to them are our absolute favorite Aqua Teen episodes, ever. But the whole list really is a best-of-the-best type thing. The ones we can watch over and over again.

You may disagree, based on your personal tastes. But these are our picks.

MUST-WATCH AQUA TEEN EPISODES:

S1
“Mayhem of the Mooninites”
“Space Conflict from Beyond Pluto”
“Revenge of the Mooninites”
“Bad Replicant”
“Interfection”
“Mail-Order Bride”
“Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future”
S2
*”Super Computer”
“Super Spore”
“Universal Remonster”
“Total Re-Carl”
“Revenge of the Trees”
“Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary”
“The Shaving”
*”Broodwich”
*”The Dressing”
S3
“Remooned”
“Gee Whiz”
“EDork”
“Moon Master”
“Diet”
“Dusty Gozongas”
*”Hypno-Germ”
S4
“Deleted Scenes”
“Dickesode”
“Hand Banana”
“Global Grilling”
*”Moonajuana”
“Bart Oates”
“Antenna”
“Ezekial”
S5
“Sirens”
“Couples Skate”
“Bible Fruit”
S6
“Shake Like Me”
“Creature from Plaque Lagoon”
“Time Machine”
“Fry Legs”
S7
“Rubberman”
“Eggball”
“Larry Miller Hair System”
S8
“Intervention”
“Freedom Cobra”
S9
“Big Bro”
“Chicken and Beans”
“Shirt Herpes”
“Rocket Horse Jet Chicken”
“The Granite Family”
“Bookie”
“Buddy Nugget”
“Totem Pole”
S10
“Muscles”
*”Banana Planet”
“Freda”
“Storage Zeebles”
“Pirahna Germs”
“Spacecadeuce”
S11
“Brain Fairy”

… and that’s it! We promise to post more often. We have a couple more posts queued up.

🙂

American Dad! on TBS, and a Comparison of Freemium Games ‘Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff’ and ‘The Simpsons: Tapped Out’

8 Jan

Stan Smith and Peter GriffinI’m not totally sure what to think about this last season of American Dad! — the show’s first season on TBS– and its first without former producer Mike Barker.

It was okay, I guess. There were some kinda cool episodes. But nothing that felt really EXCELLENT.

There were a few laughs. But something felt… missing sometimes. I’m not sure what it was, and I can’t even pin it on any one thing. I’m not sure if it’s Barker’s departure, or the move from FOX to TBS, whatever it is, I just hope that when the show returns in February for yet another season (on TBS) that it’s a little better, and maybe more like its old self.

Regardless, I still love the hell out of American Dad! and was thrilled to see the inclusion of the AD! characters in the freemium game Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff (also known as TQFS, and made by TinyCo) as a marketing event from TBS!

Hell, the Smith family was the only reason I started playing the game.

I managed to get all the main Smith family characters (including Klaus!) the Smith’s house, the CIA building, and more (such as their vehicles, Roger’s spaceship, etc) before the event ended.

Now, those little idiots just mill around in Quahog with the Griffins and company in their strange, Sims-like manner.

That brings me to the other point of this post. I wanted to compare and contrast aspects of The Quest for Stuff to the other cartoon-related freemium game out there right now– The Simpsons: Tapped Out (also known as TSTO, made by EA).

I had played Tapped Out on my old phone, which could barely handle its load time and size. However, with a recent phone upgrade, the wife and I have been enjoying both this game and The Quest for Stuff. So, this led us to an idea– this blog post, to serve as a brief contrast/comparison of both freemium games.

Tapped Out was released first, in 2012, so they’ve had longer to develop and tweak their stuff. The Quest for Stuff came out in 2014, and definitely took what the Simpsons had created (as usual) and improved it in a couple ways- better, quicker money acquisition and better closeups on the characters. In addition, TQFS is now in the Windows store– we were able to put it on our Surface tablet!

The towns in both games (Springfield and Quahog) started off as ravaged by disasters, after which you need to rebuild. There are a lot of similarities in the games. BOTH take up a good amount of room on your phone, need a good processor to run properly, and can get super glitchy with new features from updates or too many animated items out at the same time. However, with a good processor, the games run relatively smoothly. Both have the ability to link to the towns of your friends, via Origin in Tapped Out and Facebook for TQFS.The Simpsons Tapped Out

In general, the Family Guy characters seem to level up faster, and you are able to poke around a little further in the town faster. You also seem to get characters a little faster than in Tapped Out sometimes, although there are certain characters it seem like it takes FOREVER to get (also similar to Tapped Out). The unlocking aspect of the Quest for Stuff characters can be a long process.

For the most part, TQFS is laggier during gameplay and navigation, although I feel like Tapped Out takes longer to load when it first starts up. I personally prefer the Simpsons money (actual green cash dollars pop out after you click the yellow dollar signs, as opposed to little gray circles with $ on them in TQFS)– although Family Guy nails the experience points icons — they are little TVs like their logo! Tapped Out simply has “XP” icons.

Both games have updates for Halloween, Christmas, and other holidays. These updates can sometimes get annoying or overwhelming when mixed in with the other tasks/quests of the games. Hell, the Tapped Out ‘Whacking Day’ update was when I first stopped playing the game, although I eventually came back. The Family Guy Christmas stuff was just awful this year, I felt. I had to give it a break until it was all over. Mall Santas, snowmen, horses, pirates, just everything was out walking around. Insanity. The Simpsons Happy Little Elf cannon that continues well past the new year is a welcome addition, however. Really fun and funny. This kind of thing is probably each to his own.

The writing/jokes in TQFS are awesome. The dialog was actually written by the Family Guy writers, so the things the characters say are HILARIOUS, and seem much less repetitive than in Tapped Out– the character interactions are a little better, and there are a LOT of different things each character says. Tapped Out has a lot of repetition in the characters’ sayings (for example, Lisa just saying “Bart” over and over again sometimes-ugh), and some of the voices don’t always sound right (both Bart’s and Lisa’s, etc.)

Francine in Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

I’ve always loved The Simpsons more than Family Guy, and I always will. But I just LOVE the inclusion of the American Dad! characters in The Quest for Stuff!

I love it so much that I wish that there was a separate game just for Langley Falls and the Smith family!

Recently, the creators of South Park made fun of the concept of freemium games — they were asked to do one a while back, but they put time and money into making The Stick of Truth instead, for gaming consoles. So I don’t see really see a freemium game coming from them in the future.

I guess we will see how the future of freemium games goes down. And we’ll see how the next season of American Dad! is too.

Until next time!

Family Guy Kills Off Major Character — and Why We’re Glad (If It’s Real)

28 Nov

I don’t really know if we need to put a spoiler alert on this, but if you don’t know who died on Family Guy and don’t want to know yet, stop reading.

Otherwise, here are our thoughts on this development.

As most people know, on last Sunday’s episode of Family Guy entitled “Life of Brian”, family dog Brian Griffin got hit by a car and died. He was replaced with new family dog Vinny, voiced by Tony Sirico from The Sopranos.

Shortly after this happened, people on Twitter freaked out, and now there is a petition to bring him back, with thousands of signatures.

The producers had been intending to have a character die (namely Brian) since the beginning of this season, as is evident in this interview with Family Guy producer Steve Callaghan. Some people even think that the move was a deliberate act of sabotage.

Many fans were upset with this development, but I and several other people I know are relieved by this. Over time, we have witnessed Brian’s progression as a character, and how he has become increasingly pretentious, self-righteous and generally awful throughout the show’s seasons.

After all, the death of a character isn’t new for Family Guy, they’ve killed off news anchors and bosses. The Simpsons plans to kill another character as well (in addition to Maude Flanders, and the inevitable demise of Edna Krabappel’s character), as referenced here. Apparently even the cast don’t know which character it will be. I think the death of a character can create good changes in a TV show. After all, things in real life are always changing.

Family Guy vomiting

I’ve watched the show since its’ humble beginnings, and have always loved it. I’ve seen every episode. I think that’s why I’ve been noticing Brian’s flaws surfacing, and it has annoyed me greatly. He has easily become my least favorite character on the show.

I think Brian’s flaws really began to surface in the season 6 episode “Movin’ Out (Brian’s Song)”, as his shallowness towards women began to show. Then, season 6’s episode “Play It Again, Brian” really shows Brian’s intense desire for Lois, and how he thinks his best friend Peter isn’t good enough for her. Also in season 6, in the episode “The Former Life of Brian”, we meet Brian’s son — but this is the first and last time we see him. Deadbeat father, anyone?

Further evidence of Brian’s shallowness towards women is seen in the season 8 episode “Brian’s Got a Brand New Bag”, where he dates an older woman, but becomes obsessed with her age and cheats with a younger woman. Three episodes later in season 8, in the episode “Jerome is the New Black”, Brian and Quagmire have dinner, and Quagmire proceeds to go on a long rant about everything he hates about Brian. The rant’s attack is intense, but after hearing everything Quagmire has to say, I seriously agreed that pretty much everything he says is true.

To read bits of Quagmire’s rant, check out this article.

After season 8’s developments, I think the season that really hit it home (for me) about how awful of a character Brian is was season 9. In “Excellence in Broadcasting”, one of my least favorite episodes of Family Guy ever, you see Brian’s preconceived notions of politics backfire on him, and he eventually completely changes his political position completely. But then, by the end of the episode, he reverts totally back to his original stance! In season 9’s “Brian Writes a Bestseller”, Brian fully shows his terrible true colors. Stewie and Brian have always had such a great connection on the show. In this episode, Stewie tries to help Brian with his phony self-help book by becoming his publicist. But despite that, Brian becomes a total jerk, constantly berating and eventually firing Stewie! This was another episode I pretty much hated. Finally, season 9’s “Tiegs for Two” continues to portray Brian as a shallow, ridiculous character, and he has his second major on-screen feud with Quagmire.

Remember this?

Remember this?

Perhaps ironically, in season 10, Brian tells Peter how the Tea Party is a “tool of big business”. And then in Family Guy‘s 11th season, “Brian’s Play” again features success going to Brian’s head despite his lack of writing talent.

All of these arguments, despite the fantastic episodes with Stewie and Brian as a comedic team, are the reasons why I am glad Family Guy‘s writers decided to kill off Brian. I think Vinny will be an interesting development in the show.

At first, I thought the whole thing was a gag only to have Brian reappear, or that Vinny would have secretly bad intentions (as ‘New Brian’ did, and was quickly killed in season 7’s “The Man with Two Brians”). However, by the end of the episode, you see a bond with new chemistry form between Stewie and Vinny.

This death of a character and addition of a new character may actually end up helping the freshness of the series. After all, Seth MacFarlane himself has said he thought the show should have already ended.

We also need to consider the possibility that they are intending to bring Brian back. People are even making hoax sites such as this one, of which the Family Guy producers deny any involvement.

If Brian truly is dead, here is TMZ’s “Remembering Brian Griffin” feature in his memory. I do have respect for his longevity (if he really is gone). Many people say they will no longer watch the show without Brian, but I know I will, and I will be happy about doing so.