Family Guy: Something Something Something Dark Side – BD Review

“Something Something Something Dark Side” as a presentation of the second of the “Star Wars” movies looks great because, in many instances, it seems done shot for shot. One, of course, would think that they just animated over the actual “Star Wars” masters but that might or might not be the case. Some of the best lines are delivered by the non-major charcaters specifically our favorite “Oh No” guy as Admiral Piett. Meg still barely gets one line in the episode. James Woods makes it work in a quick cameo as an underling. Seth Green as Chris in many ways jumps in front especially with his show-stopping line when Luke is being rescued: “It’s me you f**kers!” What is funny is during the table read (which is also included on the disc) when Seth reads the line “Good god I’m hit!”, Mila Kunis, who is sitting next to him, doubles over laughing. It shows they get as much of a kick out of it as many of the viewers. In the table read as seen before, creator Seth McFarlane jumps around in his voices fairly quickly as does Mike Henry who also voices Cleveland. The work on the episode is painstaking but almost not as funny as it could be because they have almost too much reverence. What is interesting is how certain jokes were eliminated from the table read to the actual episode dependent on whether it was legal, Lucas or something else.

The commentary is a little meandering but all commentaries by rote can be unless everyone comes in with notes. Green never saw the episode before so it is interesting seeing his perceptions versus the small parts at times he saw previously. The moment that reflects story progression to the table read is in the Dark Force cave on Dagobah. Chris now sees his own self instead of before when the decapitated head became that of Homer Simpson. The aspect of taste does play in at a certain point dependent on its meanness which is an interesting parallel. The Fun Facts Pop-Up track is pretty funny since it can make additional jokes which many of these kind of  ancillary tracks don’t do making it extremely effective. “The Dark Side Of Poster Art” gives a little bit of fanboy presence showing the original painter of “The Empire Strikes Back” poster and then the guy on the “Family Guy” staff who repeated it though his video at home seems a little too much. The director’s animatic comparisons (this was the last “Family Guy” episode storyboarded on paper) to certain scenes are pretty much spot-on. The only addition obviously were alot of backgrounds and in-between work. Another quick bit that is included is part of the table read for the upcoming “Return Of The Jedi” parody which has the beginning bits in Jabba’s Palace. “Something Something Something Dark Side” continues to show the love for the Lucas Empire with almost at times too much of a spot-on rendition that can blur the line on the humor but just keeps it above water. Out of 5, I give the BD a 3.

Posted on January 18, 2010, in BD/DVD Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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