Family Guy Star Wars sequel

Sunday, 20 December 2009 09:46

A long time ago, in a cinema not too far away, one of the most iconic of movies was unleashed upon the universe.  It’s a dark time for the rebellion but the future has never been brighter for Family Guy and “Star Wars” fans when “Something, Something, Something, Darkside” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on 28 December courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. 

The second DVD premiere feature from the series, following 2005’s “Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story”, this is a follow-up to the 2008 “Star Wars” homage “Blue Harvest”. This time, the Griffin clan parody the sequel “The Empire Strikes Back”. The DVD of “Blue Harvest” contained an easter egg of a brief read-through of extracts from "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side", as well as a short teaser trailer for the new episode.


Something Something Something Darkside on Blu-ray and DVD


As with “Empire”, there are new characters to be cast. The boots of Boba Fett will be filled by The Giant Chicken, a nemesis of Peter’s from the series. Mort Goldman (the Jewish owner of a pharmacy) will play Lando Calrissian, and Joe Swanson (a paraplegic neighbour of the Griffins) will appear as a probe droid. Carl, one time clerk of the Quahog Mart, plays Yoda.

“Something, Something, Something, Darkside” refers to a line from the Family Guy episode "Barely Legal". It relates to the Emperor figuring out the formula for great “Star Wars” dialogue - while the Emperor talks to a kneeling Darth Vader, he says "Something, something, something, dark side. Something, something, something, complete".

Luke Skywalker is played by Chris Griffin (voiced by Seth Green) – Chris is the second child of the family - blonde, gullible, fat, and usually self-conscious, he displays signs of intelligence deeper than that of his parents, and his role as Luke clearly demonstrates this.

Princess Leia is played by Lois Griffin (voiced by Alex Borstein) – a doozy of a housewife and mother, who may be a stay-at-home, but she admirably juggles her piano lessons, kids, and husband with plenty of MILF-factor in her attitude.

Han Solo is played by Peter Griffin (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) – an average American father, who has slightly more intelligence but the same amount of bad luck when compared with Homer Simpson.

Darth Vader is played by Stewie Griffin (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) – the baby of the family, and although he is still an infant, Stewie talks as an adult. In early seasons, he was intent on murdering his mother, but this interest seems to falter as the series progresses. Getting to play the villain of the piece is quite apt!

Chewbacca is played by Brian Griffin (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) – the family's talking dog. Brian first met Peter as a stray, and now often points the flaws in some of Peter's ideas. Brian enjoys opera and theatre, and is far more intelligent than the rest of the family.

C-3PO is played by Glenn Quagmire (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), who is the Griffins’ next-door neighbour. He is an airline pilot, but is best known for his sexual deviancies. He has a vocal tic, uttering "giggidy", particularly when he gets aroused. He has a crush on Lois, and is a United States Navy veteran.

R2-D2 is played by Cleveland Brown (voiced by Mike Henry), who is a mild-mannered African American friend of Peter’s. He owns and runs a deli, and is now the star of his own spin-off series, The Cleveland Show, following his departure from Quahog. The show made its debut Stateside in September 2009.

Meanwhile, Megan Griffin (voiced by Lacey Chabert in Season 1, Mila Kunis from Season 2 onwards), the first child and only daughter, is a self-conscious and the black sheep of the family – her image problems are not helped by only getting a split-second cameo in “Blue Harvest”. We shall see what fate deals her in the sequel!

So, to the plot of this new release. Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca have evaded the Imperial fleet led by the cunning, conniving and curiously short lord Darth Vader, setting up a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth.  With the rebellion in trouble, Luke must take the advice of his late mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (the elderly pervert, Herbert) and learn the ways of the “farce” under Jedi Master Yoda.

Meanwhile, Princess Leia finds herself taking a shine to the scruffy pilot Han Solo and, against all odds, the two soon fall in love.  An encounter with Han’s old friend Lando Calrissian lands them in the clutches of the Empire.  Envisioning this, Luke chooses to cut short his Jedi training to save his friends.  It all comes to a head in a climactic confrontation with Darth Vader himself…

A sequel, “We Have A Bad Feeling About This” is being planned, which of course will be a parody of “Return of the Jedi”.

“Family Guy” Something, Something, Something, Darkside” will be available in both Blu-ray and DVD formats and will feature the following bonus materials:

  • Digital Copy
  • Family Guy Fact-Ups
  • The Dark Side of Poster Art
  • Animatic Scene-to-Scene with commentary by the Director, Dominic Polcino

The Blu-ray and a Special Edition of the DVD will also include a “Something Something Something Dark Side” Table Read, and a sneak peak at a “We Have a Bad Feeling About This” Table Read

The Special Edition DVD on top of this also includes a T-Shirt, collector cards and a booklet.

The single disc DVD comes in at a RRP of £15.99, the Special Edition DVD at £24.99, and the Blu-ray at £19.99. With a ‘15’ Certificate, watch out for a review here soon!

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