So I caught up on this via my woefully under-used Hulu subscription over the last couple of days.
I think I generally am liking the scifi element decently well; while the plots thus far feel very TOS/TNG rip-off-y, I love that kinda stuff and am happy to see it finding a place on TV again. It feels like there’s some fun bits of worldbuilding going on, but without too much care for consistency just yet, which is more in keeping with a comedy. . .
. . . but man, the comedy bits are just falling flat for me. I’m not sure if it’s the acting or the writing, but everything seems very telegraphed as “Now is when we tell the obvious joke / say something inappropriate loudly / reference the 90s” and they consistently feel pretty stuck-on to me.
I think more solid comedic timing might help, but it’s also been a long time since I found a MacFarlane show especially hilarious, so it could just well be that I don’t mesh with his brain so well.
If anything, I’m a little surprised at how consistently straight the back half of Episode 2 was played. The closest comparison I can find probably is Firefly, which also never really caught my eye, but wouldn’t be a bad level to shoot for, IMO.
At the end of the day, though, I’m liking what I’m seeing a lot more than what I figured this would be when it was first announced (I assumed we’d be getting Family Guy In Space), so I’m onboard, Thursday or Sunday :)