Robot Chicken: Star Wars Special
Before action figures became collectibles that should never, ever be removed from their little plastic bubble packaging boys and girls actually played with them. Sometimes, the adventures that these little characters had were not what they were intended for. In fact, I'm sure that some of these action figures did things that would make a grown man blush.
I'm guessing that Seth Green and Matt Senreich were not too gentle with their action figures. That's a good thing, though, because they were able to take the ideas that they had and put them on television in the form of Robot Chicken, one of the more popular shows on Adult Swim. Then, they did something magical. They took their love of everything Star Wars, combined it with the goings-on at Robot Chicken, got the blessing of George Lucas, and produced a special for the Star Wars hater and lover in all of us.
Boy, what a good job they did! You could tell that this was a labor of love for Green, Senreich, and everyone else who participated in the special. Not only was it a homage to the historic movie serial, but it was also a thanks to the fans who have supported Robot Chicken since it premiered back in 2005.
While most of the scenes featured the characters from the classic trio of movies, there were references to the not-so-classic group of new Star Wars movies as well. I won't go through all of the scenes of the special, because I'm sure you recorded it or watched it every hour it was on Sunday. So, I'll just highlight some of my favorite ones for you, then you can tell me what your favorites were.
Introduction: I had a feeling that they would give this episode of the show a Star Wars intro, and I wasn't disappointed.
Palpatine gets the bad news: 'It wasn't even paid for yet! Do you know what this is going to do to my credit?' Seth MacFarlane as Emperor Palpatine was superb voice casting. It made him sound like a combination of Quagmire and Stewie Griffin.
Your Mama Smackdown: Another good segment with Palpatine and Luke (voiced by Mark Hamill) in a 'Your Mama' contest. Luke's Mama thought a light saber had less calories? I thought it was funny.
Luke and Leia in bed: 'This is so wrong.'
Galactic Empire Orientation: So, Darth Vader didn't really choke anyone; the soldiers just did it to massage his ego. The best part of this was that the Private who had been choked 30-someodd times appeared with Darth in another scene, which was . . .
Darth Vader and JarJar: The least liked character in the Star Wars universe, JarJar makes an appearance on Darth's Star Destroyer. He jumps around, pulls off Darth's helmet, and eventually gets shot out of the airlock. Unfortunately, he turns out to be a Jedi, it seems, and his spirit comes back to be with Darth. He's even annoying in stop-motion animation.
Bad Day: This was probably my favorite scene. All the guy wants to do is work hard to get a promotion. But, his friend talks him into going to the bar, where his arm gets cut off by Obi Wan's lightsaber. What I liked the most about this scene is the way that the Robot Chicken crew reproduced the bar scene from the first Star Wars film.
Finally . . .
George Lucas in the elevator: Nerd: 'And that was the greatest day of my life.'; Nerd Son: 'What about when I was born'; Nerd: 'Not even close.'
That's it for me. Now it's your turn.