Huh, I expected to be all gloom and doom after watching everyone pile on poor @BrianRubin for two and a half weeks, but TBH, I kinda dug all three episodes a lot. The first two definitely don’t rise to the level of my favorite eps from last season, but I enjoyed the front three of this on average more than I did the first trio of eps in Season 1 for sure. And obviously the Kitan-focused “Home” was just thoroughly excellent and honestly kind of a tearjerker (that final scene in the shuttle bay felt astoundingly real for me and is the first time in the entire show’s run it felt like MacFarlane in particular has conveyed genuine human emotion–more on that in a sec).
I do still think the show is kinda struggling to figure out exactly how to mesh MacFarlane’s desire for adolescent, on-the-nose comedy with the more heartfelt character moments, gee-whiz scifi spectacle, and pointed critique of real world issues. At this point, the comedy still feels totally disconnected, pointedly less mature than everything else happening around it, and honestly just tired (apart from disliking the style of it, I’ll note that I still feel like the actors for Mercer, LaMarr, and Gordon just repeatedly fall flat and are tepid at best).
But thankfully, since the attempts at humor are so rare, and so often left behind as episodes hit their groove and really get kicking, I’m still able to ignore it, but damn, if this show could actually be genuinely funny even half the time, it’d seriously rival Doctor Who for my favorite scifi series ever.