Family Guy Review: "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side"
It feels weird doing a review on the Family Guy season finale, "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side," which has already been out nearly six months on DVD, where I first watched it. Since the powers that be decided to save the episode to air as the finale, here's our review after watching the episode for a second time.
We're not huge Star Wars nuts, but are certainly big enough fans to appreciate the show's parodies of the films. While clearly a follow-up won't be as original or fresh as the original parody of A New Hope was with "Blue Harvest," there was still an entire movie and new cast of characters to make fun of.
We're actually really happy with McFarlane and crew's decision to split the parody up into three hour-long episodes, each being complete parodies of individual films. It really leaves for some fun material as they're able to go scene-by-scene and poke fun of some of the ridiculousness Lucas tried to get away with.
This time around, the show definitely seemed more self-aware. It had no problem pointing out that was did cheap stunt casting for laughings ("Look! The Giant Chicken is Boba Fett!"). It even had no problem breaking the fourth wall and telling the audience to re-watch a scene.
We're sure we'll love the eventual third episode, but we can't help but feel that with each new parody the re-watchability will continue decline. This one already seemed less fun the second time around than other episodes.
With each new movie they're parodying, the overall Star Wars jokes will slowly disappear and it will become more individual movie specific and I won't be able to help that feeling of wanting to stop the parody halfway through and pop in the original DVD.
Owell, at least we'll always be very entertained that first time we watch them. Our favorite Star Wars inspired Family Guy quotes after the jump.
Slug/Meg: How come I never have any lines in these things?
Han/Peter: Shut up, Meg. | permalink
Rebel 1: I think we're doomed!
Jim: Nah. Unless they got any big, giant robot camels, I think we're OK. | permalink
Stormtrooper: Have these guns ever hit anything?
Stormtrooper #2 :I hit a bird once. | permalink
Han/Peter: Hey, let me introduce everybody. You remember Chewbacca and this is my special friend Leia and that's uh... that's Sarge over there.
C-3PO/Quagmire: You don't know my name do you? You never bothered to learn it.
Han/Peter: What are you talkin' about? We've been through all kinds of space adventures together. Of course I know you slugger.
C-3PO/Quagmire: Sha, sure. Nice to meet you. I'm C-3PO...
Han/Peter: C3PO. Yeah I was just gonna introduce you, C-3PO. Why didn't you let me C-3PO?
Lando/Neil: Uh... Maybe we should go inside.
Han/Peter: Yeah let's get inside C-3PO. You ever been to cloud city C-3PO? | permalink
Chewbacca/Brian: Why are you wearing Han's clothes? Seriously, watch the actual movie. Lando is wearing Han's clothes in this scene. It's really weird. | permalink
Peter Griffin: Well, let's see Robot Chicken top this one.
Chris Griffin: Actually, I think they did a pretty good job with that already, Dad.
Peter Griffin: Well, I'll have to take your word for it. I don't watch Comedy Central.
Chris Griffin: It's on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, Dad. I'm pretty sure you know that.
Peter Griffin: I don't know that. I haven't seen that show in a while and I don't know that anyone else has.
Chris Griffin: Oh, I think plenty of people have. Their fans are pretty loyal to them.
Peter Griffin: Oh yeah? All forty-two of them?
Chris Griffin: I'm not gonna let you get to me this time, Dad. I'm not gonna let you get to me.
Peter Griffin: Well, maybe I got time for another story, then. It's called Without a Paddle.
Chris Griffin: F**k you, Dad! | permalink
Family Guy: "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side"
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