Family Guy did something breathtaking and crazy fun when they killed off fan favorite character Brian Griffin a few weeks back in a gruesome death scene. We were among those who gasped and screamed at Family Guy creators for murdering Brian in a mystery hit-and-run. Then, just three weeks after his death, Family Guy brought Brian Griffin back to life for Christmas. We found ourselves more angry about his resurrection than when they killed him in the first place!
The problem, to us, is that you can’t take something so dramatic and controversial as killing off a beloved character (even in an animated show) and make it trite and trivial by just cancelling it out a few weeks later. It’s like that whole crap about Pam Ewing dreamed the whole ninth season of the original Dallas and Bobby Ewing came back to life. That was a total sellout to the fans who mourned for Bobby’s character.