Family Guy Executive Producer David Goodman spoke about the Not All Dogs Go To Heaven Family Guy episode which features the voices of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast.
As reported by io9, Goodman explained why he and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane chose to do an episode of Family Guy with the cast of The Next Generation. “Seth and I are huge fans of Star Trek, and we realized that while there have been plenty of episodic television that brought back the cast of the original series, in fact, I wrote one of them for Futurama. Seth and I realized that nobody had really reunited The Next Generation, and many of them had appeared on our show. Next Generation was a hugely popular show. We’re not going to reference the most popular and current shows. Our stock in trade are our own memories of those shows we watched when we were younger.”A Star Trek fan himself, Goodman has a role in the episode, playing a Star Trek fan at the convention. “My favorite scene is the one that I’m in,” he said. “I’m a huge Star Trek fan. An artist drew a version of me and I voiced the character dressed as a Star Trek… some might say fan, some might say geek. And I have a little bit of a run in later with Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes, so that’s probably my favorite scene.”
The Star Trek story isn’t the sole focus of the episode. Another story deals with Meg finding religion and giving Brian, an atheist, a difficult time because of it. “When we developed that story we realized that Stewie doesn’t have a big role to play,” said Goodman. “So we developed that and two stories tie together in the beginning, when the family goes to the Star Trek convention, and Stewie doesn’t get to ask his question, so he makes a transporter in his room for the cast. Meg and Brian focus on religion, which is a subject we’ve approached before, but this has a new twist on it. We were struck by the fact that in America atheism is considered worse (by some people) than Muslim extremism. That was an interesting subject for us.”