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Something, Something, Something, Dark Side 

Peter makes good on another power outage at home by retelling Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

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Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane (developed by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Seth MacFarlane ... Peter Griffin as Han Solo / Brian Griffin as Chewbacca / Stewie Griffin as Darth Vader / Glenn Quagmire as C-3PO / Dr. Elmer Hartman as General Rieekan / Carter Pewterschmidt as Emperor Palpatine (voice)
Alex Borstein ... Lois Griffin as Princess Leia (voice)
Seth Green ... Chris Griffin as Luke Skywalker (voice)
Mila Kunis ... Meg Griffin as Giant Space Slug (voice)
Mike Henry ... Cleveland Brown as R2-D2 / John Herbert as Obi-Wan Kenobi / Bruce the Performance Artist as Captain Piett / Consuela (voice)
H. Jon Benjamin ... Carl as Yoda (voice) (as Jon Benjamin)
John G. Brennan ... Mort Goldman as Lando Calrissian (voice) (as Johnny Brennan)
John Bunnell John Bunnell ... Sheriff John Bunnell (voice)
Kirker Butler Kirker Butler ... (voice)
James Caan ... James Caan (voice)
Chris Cox ... (voice)
Jackson Douglas ... (voice)
Joe Flaherty ... Western Union Man (voice)
Ralph Garman ... (voice)
James 'Cannonball' Green James 'Cannonball' Green ... Manuel Vega (archive footage) (as James 'Cannonball' Greene)
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Storyline

Peter makes good on another power outage at home by retelling Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Algo, algo del lado oscuro See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Originally weatherman Ollie Williams was to play Lando Calrissian, before it it was decided to instead use Mort Goldman to fill the role. See more »

Goofs

When Luke has the vision of his friends in trouble he throws on his orange pilot's jacket and climbs the ladder to the X-Wing, he is still wearing his dirty Dagobah pants but when he asks Yoda why he doesn't fight Vader, he is wearing his orange pilot's pants. See more »

Quotes

Lois Griffin as Princess Leia: [before Han is lowered into the carbon-freezing pit] I love you.
Peter Griffin as Han Solo: Fuck off.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are played with a Family Guy/Star Wars mix theme. See more »

Alternate Versions

When this aired as two-part episode on Fox a line was changed to eliminate a masturbation joke. When Chris/Luke Skywalker asked if his new right hand is "good to go" the medical droid's response was changed from "Yeah, but practice on a hot dog first. Otherwise you might rip your dick off." to "Wow, you're a hard guy to get compliment from!". See more »

Connections

References The Jetsons (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Turn the Ship Around
(uncredited)
Parody of "Turn the Beat Around"
Written by Gerald Jackson and Peter Jackson
Parody lyrics by Kirker Butler
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Something, Something, Something Dark Side: Has more misses in it than Blue Harvest but it is still very funny and worth seeing
17 January 2010 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Another power cut hits the Griffin household leaving them devoid of any form of media to distract them from one another. Faced with the horror of family conversation, Peter tells a story that follows on from his previous tale, following the young Jedi Luke and the Rebellion as they fight the forces of the Empire in a galaxy far, far away.

As with Blue Harvest before it, this "film" was promoted on DVD in the UK despite being less than an hour long. With my experience from Blue Harvest (where it screened for free on the BBC a few days after DVD release) I didn't buy it but did watch it for free when I got the chance because I did find that the previous Star Wars episode was very funny indeed. Ironically (considering they contrast with it), "Dark Side" echoes the second Robot Chicken Star Wars episode by managing to be both very funny but at the same time not quite as good as their first attempt.

The Family Guy special has the additional assistance of having the structure provided by Empire Strikes Back itself, rather than being all gags like RC was, and this does sustain it. Part of this is the value of Fox's FG being able to utilise the film and music as much as it does, so even if a specific moment isn't particularly funny, there is still the novelty value of it having the look and feel of the film itself. Of course this is not enough and it does help that, while not as rapid fire as Robot Chicken, this special is still very funny thanks to the usual Family Guy sense of humour and lots of clever gags at the gentle expense of Empire. Given that Family Guy does pop culture reference jokes, this is quite the partnership and does work well. I noticed more misses than in Blue Harvest, moments where I wasn't laughing, but the hits still outnumber these by quite some degree. The characters are well used as before and I was quite pleased that Herbert/Obi-wan had significantly less time here, since I thought he was overused in the first special.

Generally the film (extended episode) works well because the target audience will love the film and also get the sense of humour with which Family Guy affectionately spoofs it. This does have more misses in it than Blue Harvest but it is still very funny and worth seeing (although not worth the full cost of a DVD). Biggest laugh is saved for the end, with a repeat of the ribbing of Seth Green (Chris) really hitting the mark.


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