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)
Chris Cox ...
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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Animation | Comedy


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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 »


When the camera pans over to Yoda (Carl) when he says "Hey who are you?", his mouth is not moving with the speech. See more »


Glenn Quagmire as C-3PO: Sir, the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field are two to one.
Peter Griffin as Han Solo: Never tell me the... Actually, that's not bad.
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The credits are played with a Family Guy/Star Wars mix theme. See more »


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Deeply Disappointing
10 January 2010 | by (Prince George, B.C.) – See all my reviews

First of all, I'm not a fan of Family Guy. My brother keeps showing me episodes, trying to get me interested, and I've yet to find the show appealing.

That said, I enjoyed Blue Harvest. Aside from the creepy paedophile that wouldn't go away, the show was full of humorous pokes at Star Wars, pointing out plot holes and inconsistencies.

So, when Something, Something, Something Dark Side came out, I was looking for the same experience. Instead, what I got was an unfunny hour, filled with inside references and characters belabouring punchlines, as if the audience was too stupid to get the jokes without help.

Too bad.

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