TV Review: 'Family Guy: The Star Wars Episode'
Peter Griffin walks in on Meg's messy room and says, "Geez Meg, you're an even sloppier roommate than Bib Fortuna."
Cut to: Bib Fortuna trying to clean up his apartment, but constantly knocking things over with the long, wormy things sticking out of his neck.
Or Quagmire starts flirting with an ugly woman and Cleveland says, "This is even worse than the time you got turned on by a Sarlacc."
Cut to: Quagmire staring at the disgusting tentacled surface of the Sarlacc yelling "Giggity, Giggity."
Too geeky? My apologies.
In any case, "Family Guy," a series often accused of sacrificing coherent narrative for non-sequitor digressions, gets a surprising boost of creative energy from the season premiere titled "Blue Harvest" (if you don't get the in-joke, you may want to skip the episode). Not only does the officially authorized "Star Wars" story (along with music, specific images and sound effects) yield one of the series' most consistently funny episodes, but it also provides Seth McFarlane with a structure that helps the episode hold together even at a slightly padded hour.
After the most minimal of introductions -- the Griffins are watching Sunday golf when the power goes out, forcing them to entertain themselves -- Sunday's (Sept. 23) "Family Guy" shifts right into the narrative of "Star Wars IV," only barely condensing "A New Hope." Chris is Luke, Lois is Leia, Stewie is Darth Vader, Peter and Brian are Han Solo and Chewy, Quagmire and Cleveland are C3PO and R2, the pervy old man is Obi Wan and
Rather than delivering a "Family Guy"-style episode of random-cutaways, "Blue Harvest" plays with a nearly
It's a slight disadvantage that the "Family Guy" homage to "Star Wars" has to come so close on the heels of the similarly gentle mockery on "Robot Chicken." Preferences between the two