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- "It's a trap! It's a trap! Also, whose cat? *sigh* Someone get your cat."
- ―Admiral Ackbar (Klaus Heissler)
"It's a Trap!" is an episode of the FOX animated television series Family Guy and the third and final part to the Laugh It Up Fuzzball Trilogy, following "Blue Harvest" and "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side." It retells the story of Return of the Jedi as "Blue Harvest" did with A New Hope and "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" did with The Empire Strikes Back, recasting characters from Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show into roles from the film. It aired on May 22, 2011, though like "Something, Something, Something Dark Side", it was first released on a standalone DVD (on December 21st, 2010) prior to its network broadcast. As with the previous installments, the poster for "It's A Trap!" is based on the design of an actual Star Wars poster. The title is also a reference to a line from the film itself, which has become an internet meme.
The episode begins in a similar fashion to the previous parodies, as the power suddenly goes off in the Griffin household. However, unlike the previous times, in which the act causes the Griffin family to be surprised, they instead complain about it because, in Stewie's words, "we're going to do Jedi now, aren't we?" Peter sighs, and asks the family to let him get through this.
Darth Vader (Stewie Griffin) arrives at the second Death Star and is greeted by Moff Jerjerrod (Roger Smith). Upon hearing that the same design flaw that plagued the first Death Star is present in the new design (and commenting that they've run out of Family Guy characters to portray the Star Wars cast), Vader tells Jerjerrod to fix it before the Emperor (Carter Pewterschmidt) arrives. Meanwhile, on Tatooine, C-3PO (Glenn Quagmire) and R2-D2 (Cleveland Brown) arrive at Jabba's Palace to deliver a message to Jabba the Hutt (Joe Swanson), whereupon they are sold to Jabba, who commands Flick from A Christmas Story to lick the carbonite form of Han Solo (Peter Griffin) in a “triple dog dare.” Later that night, Leia Organa (Lois Griffin), disguised as Boushh, frees Han from the carbonite prison. The pair are quickly captured and Han is sent to the dungeon with Chewbacca (Brian Griffin), who was caught eating out of Jabba’s trash.
The next morning, Luke Skywalker (Chris Griffin) arrives and tries to barter with Jabba for the lives of his friends, but is thrown into the rancor pit (despite Threepio’s best attempts to warn him) and confronts Jabba’s Rancor (Rush Limbaugh). After killing the beast, Luke, Han and Chewbacca are brought to Jabba, who decrees that they are to be thrown into the Sarlacc (Meg Griffin).
Arriving at the Dune Sea, the trio are about to be flung into the pit when R2-D2 throws Luke his lightsaber, who then proceeds to attack Jabba’s guards while rescuing Leia (who kills Jabba). Boba Fett (Ernie the Giant Chicken) tries to kill Han but falls overboard off screen. Han rescues Lando Calrissian (Mort Goldman) after the latter is thrown over the skiff (and despite being shot numerous times by the blinded Han.)
Meanwhile, Emperor Palpatine arrives and, after meeting with a sick boy named Jeremy, is informed by Vader that the Death Star will completed on schedule, but that his room will not be ready till 4:00pm. On Dagobah, Luke meets with Yoda (Carl), who tells the young Jedi that his training is complete and that he must face Vader once more. Before passing away, he reveals to Luke that he has a sister. Following Yoda’s passing (and after using Yoda’s credit card to order a package from Hammacher Schlemmer), Luke is confronted by Obi-Wan Kenobi (Herbert) who reveals that Leia is his sister because she is “the only other goddamned woman in the galaxy.”
At Sullust, as the Rebel fleet assembles, Mon Mothma (Angela) and Admiral Ackbar (Klaus Heissler) announce that their plan is to, as Ackbar says “do exactly the same thing we did last time”, saying that Han will lead a strike team to destroy the shield generator on Endor while Lando (who claims that he didn’t volunteer for the assignment, and complains that his is the only uniform to bear the Star of David) will fly a squadron of fighters into the Death Star and destroy the reactor core.
As Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, Artoo and Threepio arrive on Endor, they find a pair of scout troopers in the forest and, after being alerted to their presence when Han steps on a boombox and plays "Get Ready for This," set out on bikes to warn the garrison base. Luke and Leia take off in pursuit and manage to stop them, though Leia is knocked out when a meteor fragment from the rubble of the planet Alderaan's destruction hits her. She is found by Wicket (Tim Bear), who, after being offered a cracker, reveals that he found her because her period is about to start. Meanwhile, onboard the Death Star, the Emperor orders Vader to go to the moon and wait for his son.
As the others continue to search for Leia, they come across a hot girl from Florida and her mother. Chewbacca rushes towards them, and although Han tries to stop him, they all end up captured in a net trap. Although Artoo frees them, they find themselves surrounded by Ewoks (modeled after the Bear family from The Cleveland Show), who bow in the presence of the “Gold Guy” (Threepio) and are taken to Bright Tree Village, where they are freed after Luke performs a magic card trick, and are reunited with Leia (whose braided hair has Han questioning how a race that used stone tipped spears can know the finer points of cosmetology, Leia deflecting the charge by saying that the movie isn't as good as Empire.)
As Threepio tells the Ewoks the story of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Luke reveals to Leia that she is his sister, that Vader is their father and that he must leave to face him. He soon leaves to confront Vader, who attempts to coerce his son to accompany him to see the Emperor, succeeding when he reveals that it’s Taco night.
The next day, Han and the others arrive at the Endor bunker and break inside, forcing the Imperial personnel to go outside and dig their own graves with their own helmets. When Leia comments on how dark the request is, Han justifies his actions by proclaiming that "there's enough cutesy crap in this movie". However, they are soon captured by reinforcements as the Alliance fleet arrives in the system and is pinned down by the assembled Imperial navy.
Onboard the Death Star, the Emperor reveals to Luke that the Death Star is operational as the station's superlaser first kills Will Robinson from Lost in Space, then destroys the Alliance star cruiser Liberty. He then taunts the work of Seth Green (who voices Chris/Luke), which finally snaps Luke from his calm. As he retrieves his lightsaber intending to strike Palpatine down, his blade is met by Vader’s (after first drawing, then discarding, a "joke" lightsaber). The pair fight for some time until Vader cuts down the catwalk Luke had leapt to, which leads him to wonder if he’s OK. When the Emperor expresses his indifference, Vader explains that they will be lucky to escape without a lawsuit. Hoping to anger Luke into fighting him once more, Vader once again taunts Seth Green, causing Luke to explode in rage, knocking Vader down and slicing off his arm. However, he refuses to kill his father. Angered by this, Palpatine using Force lightning to attack Luke. In pain, Luke pleads for assistance from his father, who picks up Palpatine and throws him down to the reactor core, informing the audience that the action "is the power of 'please', kids."
As the Millennium Falcon and other Alliance fighters travel to the power core, Vader pleads with Luke to remove his mask, so he can see him with his own eyes. As he attempts to do so, however, he snaps the Sith Lord’s neck, killing him instantly. Proclaiming the death to be the result of what “the Emperor did…a while ago”, Luke takes the body onboard a shuttle and leaves the Death Star as the Falcon destroys the station’s power core (being provided by the 80’s band Power Station), causing the battle station to explode. As the Alliance celebrates its victory later that night, Luke turns to the Force ghost's of Obi-Wan and Yoda, who are joined by Anakin Skywalker, who complains about his newly jacked up neck and calls Luke a murderer.
As the story comes to its conclusion, the power comes back on in the Griffin household, where Peter declares the Star Wars saga complete (and that The Cleveland Show will handle the prequels). Chris then wonders what Peter has against Seth Green and says that he’s not that big a fan of Seth MacFarlane, a comment to which Lois and Meg agree, while Peter, Stewie and Brian (voiced by MacFarlane) dispute. They then complain about MacFarlane’s work on Family Guy, to which Peter exclaims that he hopes people will remember the laughter.
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Behind the scenesEdit
- "It's A Trap!" was originally known by two different titles: "Episode VI — The Great Muppet Caper" and "We Have a Bad Feeling About This." The first was revealed online in 2009, the other being a reference to a recurring catchphrase used in all the Star Wars films.
- A short scene from the story's table reading by the cast can be found on the "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" DVD. The scene shows the cast performing the scene in which Leia (Lois) frees Han (Peter) from the carbonite slab. It includes two jokes not seen in the actual special: a line in which Han claims that he didn't pay Jabba because he was "distracted by his OCD" and that Threepio, seeing Jabba try to kiss Leia, and after protesting that he's not going to watch, is instead "totally watching this."
- In the original animatic, instead of singing the theme song for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Threepio instead gives the history of Family Guy itself, referencing its post-Super Bowl premiere in 1999, its original cancellation, its return in 2005 due to strong DVD sales and reruns on Adult Swim, the inconsistency on how characters are able to hear Stewie, and concludes with the assumption that the show has at least "two years or less" to go.
- With many of Family Guy main and principal supporting cast having provided roles in the previous two installments, characters from MacFarlane's other series (American Dad! and The Cleveland Show) are used in a number of roles. Roger from American Dad! takes on the role of Moff Jerjerrod, while Rallo Tubbs and Tim Bear from The Cleveland Show portray Nien Nunb and Wicket Wystri Warrick, respectively. Stan Smith from American Dad! was originally to appear as Wedge Antilles, but was cut from the final release.
- Emperor Palpatine was originally intended to be Death (voiced by Adam Carolla), but was changed to Carter Pewterschmidt when the writers realized how many scenes the character would be in, and how often he would interact with Stewie. His appearance in Something, Something, Something Darkside was changed accordingly. On the computer game Family Guy vs. American Dad there's a part where you're on the Death Star and Death is the Emperor.
- The character of Mon Mothma was performed by Peter's boss Angela. Angela is voiced by Carrie Fisher, who portrayed Leia Organa in the original movie. Leia, in this presentation being represented by Lois, quietly mutters "I don't like her" in regards to Mothma.
- The episode points out the actual film's notoriety for being more family friendly than its predecessor, particularly in its portrayal of the Ewoks, which were considered by critics to be the clearest example of the film's kid-friendly image. In this episode, they perform numerous acts of violence during the forest battle and its aftermath (and at one point resorting to cannibalism). In addition, Han's treatment of the Imperial personnel at the bunker includes ordering them to dig their own graves and for one of their number kill another and wear his face. His justification for doing this is that he feels "there's enough cutesy crap" in the movie already and that he's "had it up to here with Ewoks."
- The episode was originally given the titles of "Episode VI: The Great Muppet Caper" and "We Have a Bad Feeling About This," before settling on "It's A Trap!."
Notes and referencesEdit
- "It's a Trap!" on Wikipedia