Posted by Sarah
The season premiere had everything we love about Star Wars — the sound effects, the score, Obi-Wan’s Dirty Dancing musical number … With tracing-paper-accurate scenes and some of the best writing the show has ever had, Family Guy did as clever a send-up of the sci-fi epic as Robot Chicken did a few months ago.
The plot is simple: When the power goes out at the Griffin house, Peter regales his bored clan with an hourlong version of Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.
Over the course of the hour, we learn that the Death Star’s weak spot is the result of an aesthetic choice by the architect, and that tiny, football-headed Darth Vader was too cheap to have it boarded up. Quagmire’s C-3PO has a one-night stand with a dot-matrix printer, Peter’s Han Solo calls his mom to check in after his battle with the TIE fighters, Cleveland’s R2-D2 longs to hear Tatooine, Wind & Fire while he’s stoned with 3PO, Watto flies into a lightsaber/bug zapper, John Williams and his orchestra play the theme from The People’s Court, and the cantina band only knows that one song.
My personal favorite parts were, in no particular order:
- “Red October, shtanding by”
- The muzak version of “The Imperial March” on the Death Star elevator
- Lois’ Leia attempting to create an mpeg to send to Obi-Wan, with the help of R2: “Now click ‘Default Media Browser …'”
- R2 telling off 3PO, “You can kiss the lower part of the back of the canister that is my body.”
- Han and Luke trying to get the couch out of the garbage compartment and into the Millennium Falcon
The episode exceeded my expectations — I’d anticipated a regular episode stuffed to the gills with random Star Wars references. This was almost like watching MST3K. Thank you, Seth MacFarlane — and you, too, George Lucas — for making me one very happy camper.