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[[caption-width-right:250: [-'''Peter:''' "This is a story of love and loss, fathers and sons, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the foresight to retain]] [[CashCowFranchise international merchandising rights]]. This is the story of ''Franchise/StarWars''. Let's begin with part 4."-]]]

->''A long time ago, but somehow in the future...''


[[folder: It is a time of civil war,\\
and [[Opening Crawl renegade paragraphs\\
floating through space ]]
There's cool space battles,\\
and [[LukeIAmYourFather the bad guy is the\\
good guy's dad,]] but you\\
don't find that out until the\\
next episode.\\
And this hot chick is really\\
the sister of the good\\
guy, but they don't know it,\\
and they kiss, which is\\
kinda messed up. I mean,\\
what if they had done it\\
instead of just kissed?\\
Creator/AngelinaJolie kissed her\\
brother. Yeah, she did. You\\
know it, I know it, and\\
her dad knows it. That's\\
why they hardly ever talk\\
anymore. You can run away\\
to UsefulNotes/{{Africa}}, but you can't run\\
away from the truth.\\
Oh, by the way, here's\\
a tip for you: when this\\
is over, go out and rent\\
the movie Film/{{Gia}}. She's way\\
naked in it, and makes out\\
with another chick and\\
everything. It's awesome.\\
I stumbled across it late\\
at night on Creator/{{HBO}} after I\\
had just got back from\\
hockey, and I almost\\
fainted. [[ButIDigress But I digest...]]\\
Princess Leia was coming\\
back from buying space\\
groceries when this\\

[[note]]For the other {{Opening Crawl}}s, see [[Quotes/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball here]][[/note]]

''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' was already ReferenceOverdosed, so Creator/SethMacFarlane decided to take that UpToEleven, and recreate the whole original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy.

Thus the episode "Blue Harvest"[[note]]named for the fake title for ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' to get around locations overcharging them to shoot there[[/note]] recreated ''Film/ANewHope'', and was a commercial and critical success. Then came "Something Something Something Dark Side"[[note]]based off a CutawayGag from the show[[/note]] recreating ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and finally "It's A Trap!"[[note]]Based off of Admiral Ackbar's MemeticMutation line, although it was formerly going to be titled "I Got A Bad Feeling About This" which was based on the RunningGag a Star Wars character would say in a dangerous situation[[/note]] recreating ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Any other films are up in the air. It was joked that the since-cancelled ''[[WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow Cleveland Show]]'' could do the prequels (but they did a parody of ''Film/DieHard'' instead).

The cast includes:
* Chris Griffin as Luke Skywalker
* Peter Griffin as Han Solo
* Lois Griffin as Princess Leia
* Meg Griffin as the Dianoga, the Asteroid Slug, and the Sarlaac.
* Stewie Griffin as Darth Vader
* Brian Griffin as Chewbacca
* Glenn Quagmire as C-3PO
* Cleveland Brown as R2-D2
* Joe Swanson as Biggs Darklighter, the Probe Droid on Hoth, and Jabba the Hutt
* Herbert as Obi Wan Kenobi
* Carter Pewterschmidt as both Uncle Owen and The Emperor
* Babs Pewterschmidt as Aunt Beru
* Ernie the Giant Chicken as Boba Fett
* Mayor Adam West as Governor Tarkin
* Mort Goldman as both a Jawa and Lando Calrissian
* Consuela as Jabba's security droid and Darth Vader's maid
* Carl the convenience store clerk as Yoda
* Angela as Mon Mothma
* Bruce as Admiral Piett and Greedo
* Creator/JamesWoods as General Veers
* Radio/RushLimbaugh as the Rancor
* From ''Series/SesameStreet'':
** Cookie Monster as the Wampa
* From ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** Klaus the goldfish as Admiral Ackbar
** Roger the alien as Moff Jerjerrod
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''
** Rallo as Nien Nunb
** Tim the Bear as Wicket

!!Provides examples of:

* ActingUnnatural: In the first episode Peter-as-Han cautions Chris-as-Luke to "play it cool" when they're sneaking off to rescue Lois-as-Leia. This apparently entails [[Film/TheBluesBrothers slouching along jazzily to the strains of Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher"]].
** Then used to spoof Han's "fly casual" line in the third episode, as the shuttle actually ''walks'' past the Star Destroyer while whistling.
--> '''Stewie/Vader:''' [[LampshadeHanging Where is that casual acting shuttle headed?]]
* AdamWesting: Radio/RushLimbaugh doing a spoof of his show as if it was in the StarWars universe.
** He also shows up in ''It's A Trap'' as the Rancor.
** Surprisingly Adam West doesn't do this.
* AffablyEvil: Darth Stewie is this to some of the enemies, and out and out friendly to Chris/Luke in "It's a Trap!"
* AffectionateParody
* ArmorIsUseless: The Stormtroopers in "Its A Trap" complain about how worthless their armor is, since it cant even repell the Ewoks attacks, which consists mainly of stone-age spears and arrows.
* BigBlackout: Used in the frame story to justify Peter Griffin telling the Franchise/StarWars stories. True to form, once his reciting the story ends, the power comes back on. Lampshaded by Stewie:
-->'''Stewie:''' What are we in, Iraq? This happens entirely too often!
* BloodierAndGorier: ''It's a Trap!'' ups the level of violence a good deal from the previous two installments.
* BreakingInOldHabits: Chris/Luke Skywalker gets a replacement hand. The doctor tells him "Practice on a hot dog first. Otherwise you might rip your dick off."
* BreakingTheFourthWall
* BroughtHomeTheWrongKid: In ''Blue Harvest'', Peter mentions that he and Lois got halfway home with the afterbirth before going back to the hospital and swapping it out for [[ButtMonkey Meg]].
* TheBusCameBack: One episode of the show had a running gag of a character who would constantly call Peter a phony. Despite being only in one episode, for one gag, nine years earlier, he was brought back for "Something Something Something Dark Side" as Admiral Ozzel.
* ButIDigress: The opening scroll for "It's a Trap" goes into an unrelated rant instead of talking about the plot:
--> "Luke Skywalker has returned to his home planet of Tatooine in order to— okay, you know what, we don’t care. We were thinking of not even doing this one. Fox made us do it. When we did ''Blue Harvest'', they said, "Oh, you guys are crazy." They tried to talk us out of it, and it ended up making a ton of money. By then we were just finishing ''Empire'', and we were absolutely exhausted. But Fox suddenly had dollar signs in their eyes, and they said, "Seth, if you don't do ''Jedi'', we're not gonna let you leave to go direct [[Film/{{Ted}} your movie]]." I'm sorry. I took a muscle relaxer earlier and it's kicking in. I'm just so stressed because there's been a car parked in front of my house for three straight days and there's a pillow in the back seat. And I've never seen anyone get in or out of it, but it moves a couple feet one way or the other each day. Wouldn't it be funny if it was a bunch of raccoons living in there, moving it? You know, with their little paws on the steering wheel? And then another one working the brake and the gas? And the steering wheel raccoon and the pedal raccoon have to talk back and forth to each other 'cause the brake pedal guy can't see the road? I'm gonna keep thinking that, 'cause I know really it's probably a car bum. Look, just do me a huge favor and lower your expectations, okay? Just this one time. I promise I'll make it up to you. I mean, ''Star Wars'', fine. ''Empire'' —still not bad. [[{{Sequelitis}} But on this one we ran out of gas]]. Seriously, we let the assistant write it. Hell, even the Fed Ex guy got a joke in, and he calls the baby "Steve." Anyway, here's ''Return of the Jedi'' starring Steve as Darth Vader."
* TheCameo: [[WesternAnimation/HomeMovies Coach McGuirk]] makes an appearance at the Mos Eisley Pub.
** As do [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Bender]], [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad Roger]] and the Evil Monkey.
** CreatorCameo: Dominic Pulchino, the director of the episode, while an animated version of Creator/SethMacFarlane appears as the guy putting the frozen Han into the cargo hold in "Dark Side"
** And for voice acting and character ones, [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Adam West and James Woods.]]
* {{Crossover}}: Characters from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' are in the third episode.
** This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Stewie (as Vader) at the beginning of the third episode when Roger appears. Stewie is surprised and says something to the effect of "It's ''you'' [Roger]? Are we really out of our own characters? We have to use you?"
** In the background in the Mos Eisley cantina, we see Coach [=McGuirk=] from ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'', Roger from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', and Bender from ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}''.
*** In ''Dark Side'', the Wampa is played by [[Series/SesameStreet Cookie Monster]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: During ''It's a Trap!'', Han!Peter outright ''admits'' that he's trying to invoke this trope, because he's sick of the cutesy Ewoks.
-->'''Han/Peter''': Alright, I want you to go outside, take off those helmets and dig your own graves with them!
-->'''Leia/Lois''': ...Han, isn't that a little dark?
-->'''Han/Peter''': SHUT UP! There's enough cutesy crap in this movie. I think we all need this!
* DatedHistory: The DVD release of ''It's a Trap'' features a throwaway gag of UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden popping up in the middle of the Tatooine desert to announce "Still alive!" Less than three weeks before the television premiere, this [[HilariousInHindsight ceased to be so]]. The sequence was edited out of the televised version.
* DirtyOldMan: Obi-Wan is this in the special, owing to who he is portrayed by (Old Man Herbert).
* DisneyDeath: Despite Music/JohnWilliams being killed in Blue Harvest, he appears again in It's A Trap.
* DudeNotFunny: In ''Something, Something, Dark Side'', when Peter observes that Lando (Mort) might be the only black man in the galaxy:
-->'''Brian''': Heh. Good thing, right?
-->'''Peter, Lois, and Quagmire''': Woah!
* TheElevatorFromIpanema: In "Blue Harvest", an elevator muzak version of "The Imperial March" plays when the protagonists are in the elevator.
* FridgeLogic: {{Invoked}}. Plenty of head scratching moments from the movies are pointed out.
* FunnyAfro: That Cleveland/R2-D2 even has one.
* GangstaStyle: Cleveland/R2 shooting a TIE Fighter that way.
-->"Yeah-heah! That's how we do it in ''my'' neighborhood, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch Bitch]]!"
* GoThroughMe: Quoth Aunt Beru - "Over my burnt carcass."
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: It looks like---no, ''is'' the first [[Creator/TomBaker Fourth Doctor]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdVivT0ShC4 opening]] of ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* ILikeThoseOdds:
-->'''C-3PO/Quagmire:''' Sir, the odds of successfully navigating an asteroid field are 2-1!
-->'''Han/Peter:''' [[NeverTellMeTheOdds Never tell me the o...]] well, that's not bad.
* ImAHumanitarian: In "It's a Trap", the scene from ''Jedi'' where an Ewok is killed in battle and another Ewok nudges him to no avail is parodied: After a couple nudges, the live Ewok starts eating the dead Ewok.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy : In "Blue Harvest", when the group are fleeing the Death Star, no one is ever hit, even when Han (Peter) and Chewie (Brian) spend about 25 seconds standing at the doorway trying to get a couch through the door.
** In "Something Something Something Dark Side":
--->'''Stormtrooper 1:''' [[LampshadeHanging Did we ever hit anything with these guns?]]
--->'''Stormtrooper 2:''' I hit a bird once.
* IncestIsRelative: The squicky implications of Leia's line that she "somehow always knew" Luke was her brother are discussed. She reveals that it's no big deal back on Alderaan, comparing it to the American deep south.
* JokeExhaustion: In "Blue Harvest", Stewie makes multiple ''Franchise/StarWars''-themed poop jokes.
-->'''Leia (Lois):''' Governor Tarkin, I recognized your foul stanch as soon as I was brought on board.
-->'''Darth Vader (Stewie):''' Actually, that was me. I made a ''darth doody''. I ''sithed'' my pants. My diaper's gone over to the ''dark side''. I have pages of these, I can go on.
* KickTheDog: Chris/Luke casually mentions how he shoots wamprats, to which an appalled Quagmire/C-3PO says, "You kill small animals for fun?! That's the first indication of a serial killer, you freak!"
* LampshadeHanging
* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway: Parodied in all three specials:
--->'''Blue Harvest''': "A long time ago, but somehow in the future..."
--->'''Something, Something, Something, Dark Side''': "A long time ago, when the gays weren't all in your face about it..."
--->'''It's a Trap!''': "A long time ago, after ''{{Series/MASH}}'' but before ''{{Series/AfterMASH}}''..."
* MayTheFarceBeWithYou
* {{Misblamed}}: Invoked. Chris blames Seth [=MacFarlane=] for releasing ''Family Guy'' DVD sets with only a few episodes per volume. Peter replies, "That is not up to him, that decision is made at the corporate level."
* MobileFishbowl: In ''It's a Trap!'' Admiral Ackbar is Klaus, the goldfish from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', who pilots a robot body from a water-filled globe at the head. At one point, he gets annoyed at a cat that keeps pawing at the bowl.
* MotivationalLie: Subverted in ''Something, Something Dark Side''. One Imperial soldiers asks what the rebels did that was so bad anyway, and Stewie claims that the rebels killed the dog of another crew member. It seems like an obvious lie, but later on Peter and Brian celebrate [[BlackComedy that time they killed that dog]].
* NWordPrivileges: Spoofed. This is the original scene in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'':
-->'''Princess Leia:''' Why, you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder!\\
'''Han Solo:''' Who's [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne scruffy-looking]]?
** And the scene in ''Something, Something, Something Dark Side'':
-->'''Lois:''' Why, you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder!\\
'''Peter:''' *hits Lois* You can't use that word! Only ''we'' can use that word!
** And later:
-->'''Peter:''' You my nerf-herder!\\
'''Brian:''' No, you ''my'' nerf-herder!
** May be a partly {{justified|Trope}} spoof, since it's canon within the ''Family Guy'' series that Peter has black ancestry (or thought he did until he found out that his real father was a drunk Irishman). May have been a {{Callback}} to that fact.
* NoodleIncident: Several, with three occurring in "Blue Harvest," both involving Obi-Wan/Old Man Herbert:
** The first was in the scene where Obi Wan/Old Man Herbert receives the SOS signal from Princess Leia/Lois Griffin, where the latter mentions that (Obi-Wan) owes her for keeping several Alderaanian children silent for obviously sexual reasons, but the only thing we got out of her was "Joey Lawrence Haircut" due to Obi-Wan/Old Man Herbert fast forwarding through the details due to Luke Skywalker/Chris Griffin being nearby.
** The second was when Darth Vader/Stewie Griffin encounters and duels Obi-Wan/Old Man Herbert, where it is mentioned that Vader/Stewie had placed a restraining order on Obi-Wan/Herbert with a distance limit of 50 yards for reasons unspecified.
** Obi-Wan/Herbert also briefly mentioned something about sock puppets when telling Luke/Chris to use the Force to place the proton torpedos into the Death Star's thermal exhaust port that he entertained Luke/Chris with as a kid, but elaborates no further other than warning him not to mention the sock puppet shows because it would get him into trouble if he mentioned them.
* NoOSHACompliance: The alarming lack of railings on the platform next to the ''Death Star planet-blower-upper gun'' is lampshaded.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Brian notes Lando is wearing Han's clothes, and then [[BreakingTheFourthWall looks at the audience]] and tells them to watch ''Empire'' again, as it actually does happen in the real movie.
* OffWithHisHead: Chris/Luke does this to Music/DannyElfman. See TakeThat below.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Need proof that Cleveland's voiced by a white guy? Look no further than R2's pronunciation of [[Music/TupacShakur "2-pack"]]'s name in ''Blue Harvest''.
* OrchestralBombing: Most notable during the Millennium Falcon/TIE-Fighter battle. Peter/Han [[LampshadeHanging sings]] [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn along]] to it.
* OverlyLongGag: Most spoofing actual scenes from the movies.
** In ''Jedi'', the scene of all the heroes nodding to each other before making their move is repeated over and over in ''It's a Trap!''. Finally, [[Film/{{Caddyshack}} Smails]] says, "Well?? We're ''waiting''."
* ParodyAssistance: Creator/GeorgeLucas helped production, as [[http://www.starwars.com/community/news/rocks/f20070921/index.html he's a fan]] (and stated ''Family Guy'' and ''{{Jackass}}'' are the only TV shows he regularly watches).
* [[PimpedOutCar Pimped Out TIE Fighter]]: One of the patrolling TIE fighters in the first movie is pimped out, complete with ridiculous bling, hydraulics and annoying loud subwoofers.
* PlotArmor: Lampshaded by Peter/Han in the second episode when flying through the asteroid field.
-->'''Peter/Han''': Look, we got four or five of the main characters on this ship. I think we'll be fine.
* PunchClockVillain: One of the Imperial guards pleading with Peter/Han says he just does data entry.
* ReferenceOverdosed: It's still ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', so this can't be left out.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: To the point where the guys are shocked when Mon Mothma appears ([[CastingGag done by a character]] voiced by Creator/CarrieFisher).
** The DVD commentary for "It's a Trap" mentions that Fisher was initially reluctant to voice for the special, but relented when she came to the conclusion that she'd be playing Angela and not Leia.
** Before Mon Mothma shows up, this is lampshaded in Obi-Wan's reveal of Leia as Luke's sister: "Think about it. Who's the only damn woman in this whole freaking galaxy?!"
** And as soon as Mon Mothma shows up, Leia immediately declares "I don't like her" before Mon Mothma even has a chance to say anything. Somehow, Leia is threatened by there being another person of her gender in the ''galaxy''.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Herbert's {{l|aserBlade}}ightsaber is limp until he sees Chris. At that point it... [[{{Squick}} throbs]].
* SpaceX: The OpeningCrawl for the first special ends with "Princess Leia was coming back from buying space groceries when this happened..."
** Then there's this dialogue in the same special:
-->'''Tom Tucker''': What's the weather like, Ollie?
-->'''Ollie''': SPACE WEATHER!
-->'''Tom Tucker''': Thanks, Ollie.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Biggs, mostly because he wasn't able to take off for the battle due to an unspecified injury that resulted in him being confined to a wheelchair.
* TakeThat: Some spoofs of this, some straight ones, like at Music/DannyElfman.
** A giant one towards Fox in the text crawl of ''Something Something Something Dark Side'', saying how the network that cancelled a lot of good shows in Seth's opinion didn't deserve the time and money it invests. Which it then furthered the point by interrupting the crawl to have a CG purple elephant waltz across the screen just to waste money.
-->'''Text Crawl:''' Did you see that? Know what that cost? $58,000. I mean, what a waste. It wasn't even that funny. That's $58,000 that could have gone to curing leukemia. Or muscular dystrophy. Or... what does Michael J. Fox have? That.
** Also done at the end of ''It's a Trap!'' towards the series creator Seth [=McFarlane=], by Chris, Lois, and Meg as revenge for Peter Griffin constantly ripping down ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''.
** Some of the jokes in ''It's a Trap'' seem a little less...affectionate parody than the other two.
-->'''Peter:''' Did they braid your hair?
-->'''Lois:''' I know, it's not as good as ''Empire''.
* TheTeaser: Each installment begins with the Griffin family watching various television programs before the lights go out.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: At the beginning of "It's a Trap", the family doesn't seem so thrilled once they realize they have to go through ''Jedi''.
--> '''Stewie''': (annoyed) We're about to do ''Jedi'', aren't we?
--> '''Peter''': (wearily) Let's just get through this.
** Also done during the text crawl.
--> "You know what, we don’t care. We were thinking of not even doing this one. Fox made us do it."
* TitleDrop: "It's a trap! Also, whose cat?"
** [[BrickJoke Jabba's?]]
* UniversalAdaptorCast
* UnusualEuphemism: "Save Yub Nub [[note]] the (unofficial) name of the Ewok celebration music at the end of Jedi...pre-Special Edition, anyway.[[/note]] for me. Come to think of it, you can also shave your yub nub for me."
* WholePlotReference
* WrittenInInfirmity: InUniverse example with Blue Harvest. Because Biggs Darklighter was portrayed by Joe Swanson, Biggs Darklighter was confined to a wheelchair. He explains that he got an injury from an accident regarding his repairing a Y-Wing that left him paralyzed.
* [[YouAndWhatArmy You and What Lightning Hands?]]