Seth MacFarlane is one strange person – and I’m not just saying that because of what Ted is about. I point it out because as a one-time fan of Family Guy, I now find the show more annoying than ever. To make matters worse, only American Dad shows any remaining sign of life (The Cleveland Show was never worth my time). So with the announcement of his first film (and him returning to essentially the Peter Griffin voice), I once again looked on skeptically thinking that he might not be able to pull it off. That was until I noticed Mark Wahlberg was cast as the star. My trepidation against the movie finally started subsiding.
Ted‘s plotline might be slight, but it’s how the film handles it that makes it such a memorable fantasy. In 1985, young John Bennett from Boston has no friends and is the odd kid out. For Christmas, he receives a teddy bear and soon wishes for the bear to be real. The next morning, the bear comes to life. Even his parents are in shock (“You’re like the baby Jesus,” his mother exclaims), and before he realizes it, Ted is a nationwide celebrity, even appearing on Johnny Carson. As the fame dies down, Ted does his best to try and live a normal life, even if it is with John (Wahlberg, now grown up), but how is it normal when he is doing drugs and countless other unspeakable things?
If it wasn’t for the brilliant and cathartic cancer mini-arc in Archer last season, Community would be my favorite show on TV right now. It’s smart, ambitious, nerdy in all the good ways (Dungeons and Dragons episode!) and not above being extremely silly. It’s the kind of show you watch live on Thursday evening, then again before you go to bed and then you throw in a few more views of that same episode over the next 6 days before repeating with the next one. Each subsequent viewing brings up something new and wonderful. The show’s cast plays a huge role in creating such a successful series. They’re a well-balanced ensemble, each equally capable of carrying an episode and giving the audience giggle fits. Now that season three has begun, let’s take a look at the other roles of the cast of Community. Read the rest of this entry »