We have previously reported that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane would like to follow up his Star Wars parodies with taking on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. However in a new interview it seems he isn’t holding out hope of Paramount cooperating, but that didn’t stop him from dropping in a few Trek refs into the new “Something Something, Something, Dark Side" parody of The Empire Strikes Back.
Come on Paramount!
Last week "Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" was released on home video. And in the Sunday LA Times, creator Seth MacFarlane talked about his second Star Wars parody, explaining why he is taking on Star Wars, and why he isn’t expecting to do a Star Trek parody:
Everybody knows "Star Wars" — at least, everybody in our audience. And Lucasfilm is probably the only company out there right now that is progressive enough to allow this. Certainly we would have a laugh doing this with "Indiana Jones" or "Wrath of Khan." But I can’t imagine in a billion years that Paramount would give us permission.
MacFarlane goes on to explain how the first of his Star Wars parodies ("Blue Harvest", the Family Guy take on Episode IV: A New Hope) came about:
The first episode came about because we were doing so many "Star Wars" gags that finally Fox’s legal department said, "Hey, we got to start clearing this with Lucas or we’re gonna get sued." We got very depressed and thought, "Well, this is it." But to our surprise, Lucasfilm said something we never, ever hear: "OK, you can do it, just make sure the characters look exactly like they do in the movies."
Watching the two Star Wars parodies, you can see that the Family Guy approach goes far beyond the normal protected form of parody, even including the original music. So, to do Wrath of Khan, MacFarlane would need to work with with Paramount and not against them. So Paramount, the ball is in your court. The Family Guy team have repeatedly expressed their interest, but seem to believe any offer will fall in deaf ears. Show them what a cool, hip, progressive studio you are and give Seth a call.
Star Trek in "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side"
Even though it was all about Star Wars, MacFarlane and his team can’t help but show their Trek nerdiness by dropping more Star Trek references into it as well. There were three distinct Trek call outs.
1. When ‘Petar as Han’ tells ‘Lois as Leia’ that he thinks she wants to kiss him, she says that she would "rather kiss George Takei", which brought in Takei with his usual "helllooooooo".
2. When introduced to the Imperial Fleet we get a glimpse of a "Nimoy" mailbox, which ‘Stewie as Darth Vader’ quickly smashes with a baseball bat.
3. While ‘Stewie as Darth Vader’ is inspecting the bounty hunters he refers to one as "Lizard guy, who I think I saw get into a fight with Captain Kirk".
Empire Strikes Quohog
"Family Guy Presents Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" is easily as funny, if not funnier than their first Star Wars send up "Blue Harvest". It is a must have for any fan of Star Wars and Family Guy. The show will air in the Spring, but the home video versions are uncensored, which gives you the few extra bits of adult language, plus special features including an commentary track, pop up video and a featurette.
You can pick up "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" on Blu-ray and DVD now.