Family Guy: Season 8, Episode 20

Something, Something, Something, Dark Side (23 May 2010)

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The Family Guy empire strikes back with another hilarious parody of your favorite sci-fi saga! Download this special extended trailer for a sneak peek at the laughs! Coming to a galaxy near you on December 22, 2009.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carl as Yoda (voice) (as Jon Benjamin)
John G. Brennan ...
Mort Goldman as Lando Calrissian (voice) (as Johnny Brennan)
John Bunnell ...
Kirker Butler ...
James Caan (voice)
James 'Cannonball' Green ...
Manuel Vega (archive footage) (as James 'Cannonball' Greene)


The Family Guy empire strikes back with another hilarious parody of your favorite sci-fi saga! Download this special extended trailer for a sneak peek at the laughs! Coming to a galaxy near you on December 22, 2009.

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Originally, the emperor was portrayed by Death (the Family Guy Grim Reaper character), but during the writing of Family Guy's upcoming spoof of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), the writers decided that Carter Pewterschmidt would make a better emperor. As a result, the emperor scene in this episode was re-animated with Carter in the role. Though unintentional, this sequence of events closely mirrors events surrounding the exact same scene in the real Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). An unknown elderly actress was hired to play the small role of the emperor in "The Empire Strikes Back", with a male voice-over. But when the role became more extensive in "Return of the Jedi", actor Ian McDiarmid was chosen for the role and went on to replay the role in all three Star Wars prequels. After the prequel trilogy was completed two decades later, George Lucas re-shot the emperor's scene in "The Empire Strikes Back" with McDiarmid in the role, to bring the scene in line with all the other movies in the series. All currant releases of "The Empire Strikes Back" have McDiarmid playing the emperor instead of the original actress. See more »


Vader switches positions from when he's telling Luke about running the galaxy as two dudes. See more »


Chris Griffin as Luke Skywalker: All right. Is this thing good to go?
Medical Droid: [censored version] Wow, you're a hard guy to get compliment from!
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Twice the length, half the material
4 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is the second of Family Guy's double length episodes, and like the first, Blue Harvest, is based on the Star Wars franchise. It should be a barrel of laughs but it is more like scraping the barrel.

The one thing which made Family Guy stand out from the crowd were its cutaways. These are entirely absent here. So too is that other mainstay of FG, the interplay between Brian and Stewie. Deprived of these sources of comedy, the writers fall back on the same old recycled gags and in-jokes which have worn so thin.

This was somewhat true of Blue Harvest too but that least managed to raise a few laughs. This present episode relies too much on audience recognition of its overly familiar characters and thinks that someone is going to think "oh look that's the evil monkey" and find that amusing in its self. Its not, its pure laziness.

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