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It’s a Trap!, a Family Guy Special: a Television Special Review

Synopsis:

The power goes out again!  What are the Griffins to do with no other entertainment?  Go back to the Star Wars universe and finish telling the story of Return of the Jedi…though perhaps a bit reluctantly this time…

General Information:

-Genre: Parody Animation

-Creator: Family Guy Special (done with the approval of Lucasfilm – Pre-Disney Acquisition)

-Length: Season 9, Episode 18 (57 minutes)

-Rating: TV-14 (moderate sexual innuendos, severe cartoon violence, moderate profanity, mild alcohol use and smoking)

-Where to Watch: Hulu (with add-on), Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Peter, Lois, Chris, Mort, Glenn, Cleveland, Brian, Carter, Herbert, Carl, Stewie, Joe, Ernie the Giant Chicken, Meg

-Page of Reference in RP1: Not explicitly mentioned…but I was reviewing everything Star Wars anyway… haha…

Review (contains spoilers):

In typical Family Guy fashion, the parody is great but absolutely ridiculous.  There are tons of inappropriate jokes.  The gags are beaten into your head.  And like they said in the beginning…they kind of phoned this one in.  but not in a bad way.

Defiantly worth watching to finish out the trilogy.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Something, Something, Something Dark Side, a Family Guy Special: a TV Special Review

Synopsis:

The Griffins are once again sitting down to watch television for the evening when the power goes out!  At a loss for entertainment Peter tells the story of Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back.

General Information:

-Genre: Parody Animation

-Creator: Family Guy Special (done with the approval of Lucasfilm – Pre-Disney Acquisition)

-Length: Season 8, Episode 20 (54 minutes)

-Rating: TV-14 (mild sexual innuendo, crude humor, moderate cartoon violence, moderate profanity)

-Where to Watch: Hulu (with add-on), Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Peter, Lois, Brian, Chris, Stewie, Herbert, Joe, Dr. Hartman, Quagmire, Cleveland, Carter, Meg, Carl, Mort

-Page of Reference in RP1: Not explicitly mentioned…but I was reviewing everything Star Wars anyway… haha…

Review (contains spoilers):

Once again, they did a great job.  Great parody.  Excellent jokes.  Great moments. Calls out some of the ridiculous things that are in the actual films.

Parts are super inappropriate and some of the jokes are really out of date. But its Family Guy so that was expected.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Blue Harvest, a Family Guy Special: a TV Special Review

Synopsis:

As the Griffins are watching their nightly dose of television the power goes out leaving them without any other forms of entertainment.  While they wait for the power to come back on, Peter decides to retell the story of Star Wars beginning with “Part IV”.

General Information:

-Genre: Parody Animation

-Creator: Family Guy Special (done with the approval of Lucasfilm – Pre-Disney Acquisition)

-Length: Season 6, Episode 1 (48 minutes)

-Rating: TV-14 (mild sexual innuendos, mild cartoon violence, moderate profanity use, mild use of weed)

-Where to Watch: Hulu (with add-on), Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Peter, Lois, Quagmire, Cleveland, Stewie, Chris, Hubert, Brian, Meg, Adam West, Joe

-Page of Reference in RP1: Not explicitly mentioned…but I was reviewing everything Star Wars anyway… haha…

Review (contains spoilers):

I mean its about what you would expect.  The story is condensed into about an hour but with all the twists and turns of Peter telling the story.

The character replacements for the characters in the film are pretty funny. Some are incredibly accurate like Stewie as Darth Vader. And, of course, Peter and Lois are Han and Leia due to the story line of the other films. 

The parody was actually really hilarious.  A great parody version of the first movie.  And it did what all great parodies do… makes fun of the whole film, itself, the format of the show that is doing the parody…and basically everything else they could make fun of.

Worth the watch if you enjoy parody versions of popular films.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Rocky Horror Picture Show, created by Richard O’Brien: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Narrated as a documentary the film follows newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, as they venture out on a dark and stormy night to meet up with some friends.  As the storm rages and worsens the pair end up stuck on a dark road.  They rush to a nearby mansion to see if they can call a tow truck and as they are ushered inside they realize they many have accidently walked into a strange party of some sort… hosted by a man who by all accounts is a far cry from what they consider normal.

As the night progresses with no tow truck in sight the pair find themselves getting dragged deeper and deeper into the insanity that surrounds them… will they ever get away? And when they do will they ever be the same?

General Information:

-Genre: Musical Horror Comedy

-Creator: Richard O’Brien

-Length: 100 minutes

-Rating: R (nudity, explicit sexual content, cross-dressing, moderate violence and gore, moderate profanity including the use of the word fuck, smoking and alcohol use, some intense and disturbing moments)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library.  If you are reading this after the Coronavirus Pandemic Quarantine of 2020: look for a local playhouse production of the theatre production, or a local theatre’s October showing of the film.  If you do this then ALWAYS check for the rules and regulations of the theatre regarding audience participation bags and supplies.  Find our article on this information here:

-Main Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Johnathan Adams, Peter Hinwood, Meat Loaf, Charles Gray, Jeremy Newson, Hilary Farr

-Page of Reference in RPO: 178

Review (contains spoilers):

One of the best WORST movies of all time.  This film capitalizes on the fact that it is just hands down BAD. 

Because of this it is a cult classic.  From Tim Curry’s epic performance as the transvestite alien entity that is Dr. Frankenfurter to the riff on the now abysmal horror films of the 1930s to the 1960s this fill is full of nods to the world of science-fiction  and horror.

The cast does a stellar job being over the top putting on the performance of a lifetime.  And while no one can ever call this film GOOD by any stretch of the imagination there is something wonderful about the comradery and community that can be found around this film.

Made famous by its incredible soundtrack, audience participation and encouraging its following to dress up and toss everything from toilet paper to toast at the screen this film has created a cultural phenomena all its own.

This is one I watch every year and while I know it isn’t safe to do so I wish I could go to a showing this year.  It is a tradition that I miss.

If you want to participate at home you can find our riff on a Mystery Science Theatre 3000 overlay here:

Or the extensive list of call-backs, costumes and kit items here:

Do note that for all of the hideously bad acting and over the top and often fake looking effects this film is not for kids.  This is for adults.  It contains extensive sexual scenes, sexual fantasies, skimpy and provocative dress, nudity, sexual jokes, murder, mayhem and references to cannibalism.  It is rated R for a reason.

Rating:

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.