Family Guy 7×11: Not All Dogs Go To Heaven
I’m not the biggest Family Guy fan. It was funny at first, but for me, every episode feels pretty much the same. So I’m not a regular viewer. But this episode, Not All Dogs Go To Heaven, got my attention because it had the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation guest starring in the episode. So I thought I’d give it a shot. But it was the second story line, featuring Meg, that ended up being the most fascinating.
Getting the Star Trek: TNG plot out of the way first. Stewie misses his opportunity to ask the TNGcast his questions at a Star Trek Convention, so builds a fully operational transporter, kidnaps the cast and spends a day with them. The cast acts like a bunch of children. Stewie sends them home. The end. Some funny moments, but really under uses the opportunity to have all these fine actors on the show. This should have been a full episode of material like the episode of Futurama with the original Star Trek cast. Instead it feels like a waste of talent.
But it’s the second plot I want to talk about. Meg is stuck in bed sick with the Mumps. Poor Meg. No one likes her. Even her dad gives the viewers an opportunity to stop watching (“That’s right folks, it’s gonna be a Meg episode. Stick around for the fun. Here’s the clicker.” Peter offers the viewer the remote. “No one would blame you.”) Rejected and unloved, is it any wonder that after spending five days watching Kirk Cameron on the Christian channel that she becomes a born again Christian? At least Jesus loves her.
Her family is a bit unsettled by her conversion. Especially Brian the dog. Because he’s an atheist. And that revelation upsets everyone. It’s okay to be agnostic, but atheism is taking it too far. So Brian is ostracised by the community while Meg gets into some wholesome Christian practices like book burning. The show presents Meg’s faith as a form of brain washing. That Christianity is a crutch for stupid people.
But atheism isn’t the answer that the show asserts it is. Brian gives a spiel at the end about how we don’t know the answers and finding out will be the most amazing thing ever. Except this isn’t an answer. It’s just doubt and uncertainty. It’s rejecting what is true and certain and replacing it with nothing. God has revealed himself to us through his son Jesus. Atheism is just stumbling around in the dark pretending that the light is on.
Christianity is about knowing our purpose for this life. That purpose is to bring glory to God. It’s not a faith that demands blind faith and stupidity from its followers. In fact, the more you think about it, the more sense it makes.