Description du produit
The complete second season of the popular animated comedy series from 'Family Guy' creator, Seth MacFarlane. Stan Smith (voice of McFarlane) works for the CIA and is constantly on the alert for terrorist activity. Stan will go to extremes to protect his beloved America from harm - a fact that can be witnessed by the terror-alert colour code on his fridge, and his frequent knee-jerk reaction of shooting holes in the toaster whenever the toast pops up. In addition to Stan's wife and teenage children, the Smith household has two rather unconventional members; there's Roger (MacFarlane), the sarcastic space alien Stan rescued from Area 51, and Klaus (Dee Bradley Baker), a lascivious German speaking goldfish, the result of a CIA experiment gone seriously wrong. Episodes comprise: 'Stannie Get Your Gun', 'Star Trek', 'Not Particularly Desperate Housewives', 'Rough Trade', 'Finances With Wolves', 'It's Good to Be the Queen', 'Roger 'n' Me', 'Helping Handis', 'With Friends Like Steve's', 'Tears of a Clooney', 'Camp Refoogee', 'The American Dad After School Special', 'Failure Is Not a Factory-Installed Option', 'Lincoln Lover', 'Dungeons and Wagons', 'Iced, Iced Babies', 'Of Ice and Men', 'Irregarding Steve' and 'The Best Christmas Story Never'.
The "Laugh Alert" level is elevated with the release of this second volume of episodes that chronologically span seasons 1 and 2. You know the "there" that people talk about when they say, "Don't go 'there'?" Seth MacFarlane's American Dad
leaves "there" in the dust. Take the holiday--excuse me, Christmas--episode, "The Best Christmas Story Never," which somehow melds Charles Dickens with a Ray Bradbury-esque cautionary tale of tampering with the past. CIA Agent and true patriot act Stan Smith (voiced by MacFarlane) loses the spirit of the season in a blizzard of PC secularism in which even the fugitive "Christmas rapist" must be referred to as "the holiday rapist." In the "is nothing sacred" world of American Dad
, Christmas can only be saved by Stan accompanying the Ghost of Christmas Past (Lisa Kudrow) back in time to (don't ask) kill Jane Fonda (or Donald Sutherland), take over the direction of Taxi Driver
from a drug-free Martin Scorsese, and shoot Ronald Reagan. The Smith family--wife Francine, geeky son Steve, and "peace-pusher" daughter Hayley--is still not as vividly drawn as the Griffins on MacFarlane's Family Guy
(even Klaus, the talking German-accented goldfish admits in one episode that his "fish shtick" is getting thin), but one can't help salute the audacity of the oft-inspired writing. In "Stannie, Get Your Gun," Stan becomes a National Gun Association spokesperson after being accidentally paralyzed by his anti-gun daughter. "The American Dad After School Special" has an A Brilliant Mind
-like twist as Stan battles an eating disorder brought about by Steve's new overweight girlfriend. In "Helping Handis," Steve becomes the big man on campus after he develops steroid-enhanced breasts.
Two episodes are standouts for their animation. "Dungeons and Wagons," as did South Park with "Make Love, Not Warcraft," creates a video game universe in which Steve rules. Near the end of "Failure Is Not a Factory-Installed Option," the screen adjusts to widescreen format, and the saga of the golden turd, begun in the first season episode, "Homeland Insecurity" compellingly continues with the jewel-encrusted oddity becoming the last temptation of an honest cop (Beau Bridges). American Dad is, as should be apparent, not for all tastes (or more sensitive viewers--the episode "Tears of a Clooney" drops some unbleeped F-bombs), but fans of the series are rewarded with this three disc-set's prodigious extra features, including rowdy, chaotic commentaries for all the episodes, a wealth of hit and miss deleted scenes, and a segment devoted to the production of "Dungeons and Wagons." --Donald Liebenson