Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Darkside
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The story of The Empire Strikes Back is retold. Darth Vader (Stewie) is hunting the rebel Luke Skywalker (Chris) and his troops relentlessly across the galaxy. On the ice planet Hoth, Luke has a vision of his late mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Herbert), telling him to go to the Dagobah system to learn the ways of the Force under Jedi Master Yoda (Carl). Meanwhile Princess Leia (Lois) finds herself taking a shine to the scruffy pilot Han Solo (Peter) and, against all odds, the two soon fall in love. But an encounter with Han’s old friend Lando Calrissian (Mort) lands them in the clutches of the Empire. Envisioning this, Luke chooses to forgo his Jedi training to save his friends. It all comes to a head in a climactic confrontation with Darth Vader himself… The Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Darkside DVD is presented in full screen aspect ratio featuring English 5.1 Dolby Surround, Line 21, English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, English, Spanish, French, and Brazilian stereo and subtitles.
Chris Griffin is right: when it comes to obsessive geekery and mining absurdity from the minutiae of the Star Wars universe, the comic force is stronger with Robot Chicken. But Family Guy strikes back with the second episode in its goof on the original holy trilogy. The animation is more impressive than the jokes, which are scattered all over the galaxy--the good (an Empire recruitment film), the bad (Yoda's teachings revolve around guy-movie trivia), and the ugly (wholly gratuitous--and here unbleeped--F-bombs). Devoted viewers will catch in-jokes inside of other in-jokes (this program takes its title from the season 5 episode "Barely Legal," in which the Emperor discovers the formula for great Star Wars dialogue). There is some interesting stunt casting with nebbish Mort Goldman as Lando Calrissian and the Giant Chicken as Boba Fett. James Caan cameos, as does, sorta, Tom Selleck. And Meg is once again reduced to embodying a hideous space creature, although at least she gets a line of dialogue. The DVD and Blu-ray editions contain metachlorine-rich extra features, including lively (and at times slanderous) audio commentary by Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green, writer Kirker Butler, director Dominic Polcino, and others; optional trivia pop-ups; and a table read of the Something, Something script. There is also a sneak-preview table read of the next installment, We Have a Bad Feeling About This. If I were an Ewok, I'd be worried, or on the phone to a lawyer. --Donald Liebenson
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First and foremost, this second installment was not going to be a surprise like the first one was. 'Something 3X Darkside' was based on the exact same map as 'Blue Harvest' Macfarlane and company stuck true to the origional film using their infamous humor and pop culture references. I will say there were some moments that caused me to laugh a lot so that was a plus. Another plus was the new characters introduced to play the rolls of the new Star Wars characters...yes even Meg makes her triumphant return. Still, there are some flaws here. I think that this new installment could have been a little different. An example would be how Peter tells the story, it didn't have to be another blackout. Also, the end of the episode ends up in another battle between Chris and Peter about Robot Chicken which makes no sense what so ever because Seth MacFarlane has plenty of Roles on Robot Chicken so Ihave no idea why he takes shots at it. Most importantly as a Family Guy fan I am not a fan of the fact that Stewie is an ambiguously gay character. If you want to use that comedy in the show its one thing, but don't bring that persona to Darth Vader. This is a movie that is suppose to be dark and it is really hard to lighten up a chapter such as this.
Though all in all I think it was a well done piece of work and I am looking forward to 'Family Guy: We Have A Bad Feeling About This', I sure hope that thre will be a total of six episode, because I think they will rip Episode 1 to know end which will be pee in your pants hillarious!
This DVD collection features the following episodes:
Death Has a Shadow: Peter is fired from his job after a stag party. Afterwards, the welfare office overpays him in unemployment benefits and he must make amends to both Lois and the government.
I Never Met the Dead Man: After crashing the town's satellite, Peter convinces Meg to take the blame for the town's loss of TV. Peter then learns to live without TV, until a trip with William Shatner.
Chitty Chitty Death Bang: After screwing up reservations Lois made at Cheesy Charlie's, Peter must make arrangements for Stewie's first birthday party. Meg learns how to be popular.
Mind over Murder: When Peter is forced to drink at home, he builds a bar in the basement to entice his friends over. Lois finds the attention she's starved for by singing at the bar. Zaniness follows.
A Hero Sits Next Door: Peter convinces his next door neighbor to play softball at the company picnic, only to discover his neighbor, Joe, is handicapped. Peter is jealous of the attention Joe receives. Zaniness follows.
The Son Also Draws: To convince Chris's boyscout troup to let him back in, the family travels to New York. But they lose their car at an Indian Casino where Peter must go on a Spirit Quest.
Brian, Portrait of a Dog: Brian is frustrated when Peter treats him like a dog. Brian leaves, and is arrested and sentenced to lethal injection. It's up to Peter to save him.
Peter Peter Caviar Eater: Lois's great aunt dies and leaves the family her summer home. Wealth goes to Peter's head, and he has to figure a way out.
Holy Crap: Peter's father, a devout Catholic, comes to live with the family. Peter is unable to bond with his father, and zaniness follows. (Guest appearance by the pope).
Da Boom: a Y2K horror story: bombs fly, airplanes drop from the sky, and chickens hand out coupons.
Brian in Love: Brian must come to terms with his life after a series of embaressing "accidents." After some psychological help, he believes he's in love with Lois.
Death is a Bitch: Due to a clerical error, Death comes to take Peter. Death (played by Norm McDonald) breaks his ankle and has to stay off his feet. Peter must become death, and is ordered to kill the kids from Dawson's Creek.
The King is Dead: Lois realizes her directing dream when she becomes the director of the Quahog players. But Peter's meddling ruins her production of "The King and I."
I am Peter, Hear me Roar: Peter is forced to go to a feminist camp to get in touch with his feminine side. Lois must bring back the old Peter when he returns.
If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin': Peter tells the make-a-wish foundation that Chris is dying from a rare disease in order to get a show back on TV.
Running Mates: Peter and Lois both run for School Board. Zaniness ensues.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Bucks: The family travels to New York when they discover Chris has real talent as a painter. Chris, however, must chose between his father or his painting.
Road to Road Island: Brian goes to pick up Stewie from Stewie's grandparents'. But the two miss their plane and are forced to find a way back home. On the way, Brian confronts his mother.
Let's go to the Hop: Licking toads becomes popular at Quahog high school. Peter goes undercover to convince the kids not to do drugs and gets a date to prom with the most popular girl in school.
Damnit Janet: Stewie goes to daycare and falls for a girl. But he discovers she's only after his cookies. Lois becomes an airline stewardess, but discovers Peter is using her to take free flights across the globe. Zaniness follows.
He's too Sexy for his Fat: Chris decides to go on a diet after being mistaken for a van. Peter decides to get plastic surgery.
E Peterbus Unium: Due to a zoning error, the family's house is not a part of the United States. Peter finds he is not respected at the U.N., so he invades his neighbor's house to annex his pool. The family comes under seige from the U.S. Army.
The Story on Page One: Meg joins the school newspaper in order to have extra curricular activities for college. But Peter switches her story with a story that Luke Perry is gay. Luke Perry ensues.
Wasted Talent: Peter wins the golden ticket to tour the Pautuckett Pat breweries. Lois discovers Peter can win the paino talent show, if he's drunk. Stewie requests Peter play the sad walking away music from the Hulk TV show.
Fore, Fathers: Peter tries to teach Chris how to be responsible. He then tries to teach Cleveland's son how to play golf. He fails.
Some episodes have commentary with Seth McFarlane and various other writers, directors, or actors (Seth himself did the voice of Peter, Brian, Stewie, and Quagmire). The commentary is hilarious, but it's only on a few of the episodes.
No doubt, this is some of the funniest stuff you'll ever see on DVD. If you even remotely like Simpsons, the Critic, or South Park, you should definately pick up this DVD.