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Something Something Something Dark Side Blu-ray Review

Will this release bring you over to the Family Guy side?



Let me start out by saying I'm not a Family Guy fan.  I watched some episodes in the very beginning and it just didn't click with me.  To my understanding, the episodes consist of comedy gag/bit after comedy gag/bit.  I have seen the occasional clip and on their own, and some have been funny.  I've just never seen enough to commit to watching full episodes.

Why am I reviewing this Family Guy Star Wars special?  As you may know, I'm a big Star Wars fan.  I can appreciate a good Star Wars parody.  I'm not a fan that is outraged over the beloved Star Wars universe having fun poked at it (like the recent Robot Chicken episodes as well).  So here is the ultimate challenge.  Can the Star Wars theme bring me over to the Family Guy side?  The idea of Stewie as Darth Vader, Chris as Luke, Peter as Han Solo, Lois as Leia and Brian as Chewbacca had me curious.

The episode starts out as the power goes out while the family is watching TV.  With nothing else to do, they ask Peter to tell them another story like Star Wars.  I haven't seen the last Family Guy Star Wars Special, Blue Harvest but I believe it began this same way.  The animation and colors are crisp and clear.  The ships and space scenes look great.  Watching this episode on Blu-ray was really a treat.  There were lots of scenes identical to Empire Strikes Back.  One important question did come up, why didn't Yoda fight Vader instead of sending Luke? 
 
Would I think this was funny?  I decided to keep a tally of how many times I enjoyed this.  For the random funny bits, there was four times I actually laughed out loud.  There was eleven times a joke brought a smirk to my face and three times they used the extended long awkward gags.  Hearing the characters swear from time to time was also an added bonus.

What about the Special Features?  The Blu-ray has a full screen 4 x 3 aspect ratio with English 5.1 Dolby Surround.  There is also a digital copy for your portable media player.  The commentary is by Seth McFarlane, Seth Green and others.  To add replay value, you have the option of Family Guy Facts-Up.  These are pop up facts, some that actually have something to do with the movie.  The Dark Side Of Poster Art feature (9:18) deals with Joe Vaux (painter) and Mick Cassidy (character designer) along with the painting of the cover art.  There's also an Animatic Scene-to-scene with commentary by director Dominic Polcino (6:36). This consists of black and white storyboards.  It's cool seeing the hand drawn images over the computer drawn storyboards.

One of the loner special features is the "Family Guy - Something, Something, Something Dark Side" table read featuring Acts 1 & 2 (49:27). We get to see a bunch of people (involved with the show) reading the script.  We also get to see and hear their first reactions over the script.  As you can imagine, this won't be the last we see of Family Guy taking on Star Wars.  There was also a Sneak Peek of "Family Guy - Episode VI: We Have A Bad Feeling About This" Table Read (2:26).  It's just weird seeing Seth McFarlane doing the voices.
 
In the end, I did enjoy this 'movie.'  It did contain a lot of elements of the original Empire Strikes Back and there were several clever moments where it picked up on tiny details that Star Wars fans have been questioning for years.  I wasn't expecting much from this but I have to give it a 4 out of 5.  Even though there were moments I started getting a little distracted, I did find others pretty funny.  I am looking forward to the next Family Guy/Star Wars special and maybe, just maybe, I'll check out the show once again.
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Posted by joshmightbe

i loved this episode
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Posted by damswedon

eww family guy.

Posted by cmaprice

The first three seasons were fun. I watched them back before the show was canceled. When they came back in 2004/2005, it was a little forced. They started becoming victims of their own gag/cutaway formula and neglected the loose plots around them as well as the strong family dynamic (which ended up over at American Dad, while new Family Guy spiraled downward to disembodied jokes)

Posted by ClockworkDrago

ehh i didn't really like it they said fuck too much and some of the fourth wall stuff kind of killed it for me and mort as lando was a massive miss for me

Posted by Sheep-Kill

CARLOS SPICY WEENER!!!!!

Posted by ClockworkDrago
@Sheep-Kill said:
" CARLOS SPICY WEENER!!!!! " 

 yes that too


 

Posted by JackieEstacado
@damswedon:
FAMILY GUY'S HILARIOUS MAN!
BUT SOUTH PARK'S THE BOMB!
Posted by JackieEstacado
@damswedon:
FAMILY GUY'S AWESOME MAN! 
BUT SOUTH PARK'S THE BOMB!
Posted by G-Man
@ClockworkDrago: Yeah, while it's funny (and immature) it is unfortunate.  While I was watching, my daughter came in and jumped onto the couch wanting to watch it (she's recently watched all six Star Wars films).  I had to sadly tell her that it wasn't appropriate.  Alas, no Family Guy for her.  But she's not their targeted audience...
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Posted by Dark Cell

nice review
Posted by Mutant X

I love Family Guy. :D

Posted by reaper2923

Hate that show, Robot Chicken is way better

Posted by G-Man
@reaper2923: They actually make a reference to Robot Chicken and the fact that they did a Star Wars special as well.
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Posted by daveydavey

I dont like all of Mr. Mcfarlanes shows.

Posted by Sparda

To say that I'm "not a fan of Family Guy" would be a massive understatement, but I must say that I kind of enjoyed the original Star Wars parady, Blue Harvest. It had me actually laughing at times (although it was shameless coming on so short after Robot Chicken's parody, which was much funnier overall). I'm curious to see whether this can continue my sorta-liking of Blue Harvest, or have my intense hatred for the entire show.

Posted by Giuseppe Riccadonna
@Sparda said:
"To say that I'm "not a fan of Family Guy" would be a massive understatement, but I must say that I kind of enjoyed the original Star Wars parady, Blue Harvest. It had me actually laughing at times (although it was shameless coming on so short after Robot Chicken's parody, which was much funnier overall). I'm curious to see whether this can continue my sorta-liking of Blue Harvest, or have my intense hatred for the entire show. "

But, the best part of it was at the end when Chris said the Robot Chicken parody was much better lol.
Posted by CATMANEXE

5. Robot Chicken parody
4. George Lucas In Love
3. Beneath The Dome
2. Family Guy : Star Wars movies
1. Spaceballs

Posted by Bruce Vain

I'm a HUGE Family Guy fan , but I wasn't too crazy with the Blue Harvest. But Something Something Something Dark Side was by far better & funnier. I have to say my favorite parts were - With Stewie knocking Spock's mailbox with the baseball bat. Meg being the giant asteroid worm & then saying how come I don't get any lines & Peter replies back ,"Shut up Meg. " lmao ; they just completely shit on Meg it's hilarious. And of course Yoda saying that there's a guy on Teen Wolf at the end of the credits flashing his dong. HA HA HA HA. And not knowing that & seeing that movie a hundred times without ever noticing that. Finding out that it's true just made it very hilarious. 
 
So all & all I give Something,Something,Something Dark Side 2 thumbs up & I am looking forward when they do a parody of Return of the Jedi.
Posted by Son_of_Magnus

Family Guy sucks

Posted by Theodore

I don't mind Family Guy but they seriously need to get over themselves. Something Something Something Dark Side was a never ending reference to already made Family Guy gags. When a show resorts to using old jokes for a laugh its kind of sad.

Posted by DeathDefyingDevil

family guy rocks!
Posted by Omega The Supreme Being

i won't buy i'll just wait until adult swim airs it

Posted by kimi74

I loved this movie!