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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

‘Family Guy’ does ‘Star Wars’: a Gen X perfect storm?

I shoulda been doing my latest Torchwood blogging all day, and I kept distracting myself with the tedium of laundry and mundane crap like that, and then I shoulda been doing my Torchwood blogging all evening, except I decided I needed to watch the season premieres of The Simpsons — nice to see them keeping continuity with the movie — and King of the Hill. And then I had to watch the Family Guy Star Wars thing, because even though I can’t stand Family Guy, it was Star Wars, and I’m a dork.

And then, once they’d made the hilarious Doctor Who reference — which of course I’d so totally thought years earlier — I couldn’t turn it off.

All I really have to say about the Family Guy Star Wars thing is this: My little brothers and I used to do the exact same thing when we were kids, retell one another the story of Star Wars and throw in snarky little asides along the way, so we were way ahead of Family Guy on that. And this: Someday in the not too distant future, self-referential Generation X pop culture is going to finally collapse into a snarky singularity — call it a snarkularity — and all of time and space will end with a collective in-joke.

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