A long long time ago, I had a show that I loved to watch
Dec 28, 2009
THEN they filled it with offensive religous material, political propaganda, tasteless jokes, bad jokes, unfunny jokes, long padded out scenes that don't end and pop culture remarks and references that eclipsed the material at large. That show is Family Guy and it never stops trying to lure me back into the fold. This time they succeeded with a full on Star Wars tribute show and inspite of it's own at times lame trappings, is very faithful and very funny.
For the uninitiated, this is Peter Griffin telling the story of Star Wars. All the important details are in place, all the main characters are identified and played by Family Guy characters, for better (Han is Peter, Tarkin is Mayor Adam West, Lois is Leia) or worse (Herbert is Obi Wan, the "Oh Nooooo!" Hippy Guy is Greedo) and theres plenty of good lines going around. This time though, Family Guy's worst offences are for the most part kept muted and out of the way and if they do show up (too many pop culture gags for one) they are at least funny or in the case of a Vacation nod, hilarious.
There isn't really much else to say other then it doesn't change my opinion of the rest of the series or the material they do, I can at LEAST get behind the Star Wars episodes they are doing will look forward to seeing all of them, YES EVEN Attack of the Clones since it couldn't get worse then the actual movie. Seth has promised that he would like to do more movies like this with the Indiana Jones series as a possibility since Lucas owns the rights to that series also, but it's Star Trek that I'm interested in, even if they just do The Wrath of Khan it's all good.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't give Family Guy a peek again recently to see if they changed their ugly, "take that" anvil dropping ways but sadly they haven't. I've at least come to think of Family Guy for the time being as that black cloud and their Star Wars episodes as the silver lining. We'll see if they stay that way, or if hate mail from fans or anger from contemporaries for going too far will get them to change their ways. Yoda once said if you go down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny and consum you it will. Darth Vader found his way back to redemption and Family Guy can too.
With Something Something Something Dark Side right around the corner, it only seemed apt to go back and watch Blue Harvest. You might recall that a couple of years ago, Seth MacFarlane and the Family Guy crew decided to do a spoof of Star Wars. Well, it's not really a spoof. It's more like a retelling of the tale with Family Guy characters. For the most part, nothing about the integral plot has been changed. For Family Guy fans this might be something enjoyable. … more
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The Force is strong with this episode of FAMILY GUY that devotes an entire hour to STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE. Seth McFarlane?s spoof-happy animated sitcom casts the Griffin family and other Quahog residents as characters from George Lucas?s sci-fi classic: patriarch Peter is Han Solo, wife Lois is Princess Leia, son Chris is Luke Skywalker, family dog Brian is Chewbacca, and baby Stewie continues his quest to kill Lois as the evil Darth Vader. From Mos Eisley to the Millennium Falcon, no element of Lucas?s beloved universe is safe from McFarlane?s hilarious satire. FAMILY GUY PRESENTS BLUE HARVEST includes four minutes of new material and interviews with MacFarlane and the Jedi Master himself, Lucas.