Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Requiescat In Pace Edition

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While I utterly loathe the Internet’s adoption of “unpopular opinion” as a euphemism for “excuse to say abusive, inappropriate or otherwise odious tripe”, I have to admit to my own less-than-widespread assessment: I still enjoy watching Family Guy.  Yes, Seth MacFarlane’s comedy sensibilities lean a bit too hard on gross-out and referential humor, and there isn’t a single redeeming character anywhere in Quahog, but the recent trilogy dealing with the death of Brian Griffin managed to deliver some funny, a little heart-warming and a nice cameo turn by Paulie Walnuts as new dog Vinnie.  Most impressively, they took the elastic reality of the premise and made me care about a dead cartoon dog.  After all the petitions and the lunacy and the people complaining that they telegraphed the ending, MacFarlane stated on Twitter that they’d have to be nuts (he used somewhat less gentle language, but still) to off the Griffin family dog and change the entire status quo of the show permanently.  It’s tough to figure out which characters are indispensable to their particular narratives, as we found out in the 80s when “Valerie” well outlasted the tenure of the title character, which in turn begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also like to note that we’re working on 24 issues of Spider-Man without Spider-Man, asking: Which single character is most irreplaceable in your favorite pop-culture?