'Family Guy': Finale a little Force?

In the opening crawl of Family Guy‘s third Star Wars spoof, Seth MacFarlane openly admits his fatigue in having to give us a Return of the Jedi parody. Even though there’s a lot of good stuff in "It’s a Trap!," the writers aren’t entirely joking when they tell us to lower our expectations — it’s clear from the early scenes (Rush Limbaugh as the Rancor … eh) that this episode feels a bit more dutiful and less exuberant than "Blue Harvest" and "Something, Something, Something Dark Side."

You could say that Lucas and co. of the original movies were experiencing the same kind of fatigue by the time Jedi rolled around. Most Star Wars fanatics, including myself, will say that the third installment is the weakest of the original trilogy — but it’s also the one I’ve seen the most times. It’s just so watchable. The Empire Strikes Back artfully got through most of the dark parts of the saga, so there was room in the conclusion to play around and take some curious missteps: There’s that weird Twi’lek burlesque show in Jabba’s lair that seems to go on forever (especially in the Special Edition); the uncomfortable issue of Luke and Leia’s familial relationship; the new Death Star with all the old design flaws; and, of course, the oft-maligned Ewoks, who look too much like my little cousin in a bear costume on Halloween to take seriously. Read More...



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