For this week's Scified's Top 10 Tuesday article we will look at the top 10 references from movies, television, video games etc., to the cult phenomenon that is Star Wars.
#10 â€“ Star Wars
The United States' Missile Defense Agency, once known as the Strategic Defense Initiative which was nicknamed "Star Wars" by the mainstream media, was originally proposed by US President Ronald Reagan as a defense program to protect the US using ABMs (Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems).
#9 â€“ Grand Theft Auto V
This game has only been out a week and is already overwhelming gamer's and GTA fan's with its sheer volume of both size and scope, all underlined by a dynamic storyline and first class gameplay. For many year's the GTA franchise, while successful had become elitist amongst it's fan's, alienating more casual player's. But GTA V has solved all of those issues in abundance and delivered the biggest and best GTA game ever. The star of the game is undoubtedly Trevor Phillips, whose off-kilter way of living life will have many a gamer in stitches. And it is Trevor that give's us our Star Wars reference â€“ roughly half way through the story mode you will be evading the in-game police, to which Trevor (tongue firmly in cheek) shout's â€śThis is not the car you are looking for!â€ť
Not much of reference but it is one of the many giggles you will have while playing as Trevor Phillips.
#8 â€“ Saints Row IV
The forth game in the outrageous Saints Row franchise is the craziest installment yet with its Matrix inspired storyline and wacky, over-the-top superhero abilities â€“ even the villain Zinyak is suitably outrageous and camp. But when it comes to referencing Star Wars this game does it in spades, as the game features at least 5 references to the classic sci fi movie saga with the Ransom Collectors outfit (Boba Fett), the Plucky Rogue outfit (Han Solo), the Warrior outfit (Jedi Knight), the Blaster Pistol Skin (Han's Gun) and last, but by no means least, the Energy Sword (Lightsaber).
#7 â€“ YouTube Videos
There are many a YouTube video referencing Star Wars, either directly or indirectly, serious and comical. Because there are so many weâ€™ll include 3 of the most comical ones as number 7 in our list:
Of course I can only really be referencing one particular episode of Friends really; the first episode of the third season titled â€śThe One With The Princess Leia Fantasyâ€ť, in which Ross requestâ€™s Rachel to don the infamous golden bikini from Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Unfortunately Chandler impart's that sometimes when intimate with his girlfriend (â€śOh My Gawdâ€ť Janice) he sometimes see's his mothers face instead, thus ruining Rossâ€™ fantasy night.
#5 â€“ Angry Birds: Star Wars
The cult phenomenon that is Angry Birds has taken the entire world by storm with mobile phone games, console games, PC games, merchandise and who knows what else. But of course they had to release a special Star Wars version with bird version's of the Sagaâ€™s most well known characters.
#4 â€“ Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
Kevin Smith direct's and star's alongside his friend Jason Mewes in one of the stupidest, insane and ludicrous movies ever filmed, with an abundance of toilet humor to match â€“ which when all put together makes it one of the funniest movies youâ€™ll ever see. The film takes pot shot's at many well known movies such as Scooby Doo, Charlies Angels, Every Which Way But Loose and of course Star Wars with the introduction of Cock-Knocker, played by Mark Hamill (whom also voiced Scooby Doo in this movie), and Jayâ€™s Light-Bong.
#3 â€“ Spaceballs
Spaceballs, like Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, takes many a pot shot at many film's, even including John Hurt yet again giving birth to the Alien, this time with straw hat and cane. The references to Star Wars are many throughout this film, but the image that lives on in all our mind's is Rick Moranis as a short Darth Vader copycat Dark Helmet.
#2 â€“ Robot Chicken: Star Wars
Stop frame animation, check. Toilet humor, check. Star Wars references by the bucket load, check. Robot Chicken was created by Seth Green (who would later return to â€śskittingâ€ť Star Wars in the Family Guyâ€™s Blue Harvest) and featured the odd occasional Star Wars sketch, which led to Lucasfilm not only allowing, but encouraging Robot Chicken to do a feature length series of sketches. Lucasfilm even supplied even supplied Seth Green and his crew sound effects taken from the original movies.
#1 â€“ Family Guy
Starring Peter Griffin as Han Solo, Brian the dog as Chewbacca, Louis Griffin as Princess Leia, Chris Griffin as Luke Skywalker, Stewie Griffin as Darth Vader and Mr Pewterschmidt as Emperor Palpatine. Seth MacFarlaneâ€™s dysfunctional animated family works so well as the cast of the Star Wars characters in the episode's â€śBlue Harvestâ€ť, â€śSomething, Something, Something Dark Sideâ€ť and â€śItâ€™s a Trapâ€ť, it makes one wonder â€“ why havenâ€™t the Simpsonâ€™s attempted this?
Can you think of any other references to Star Wars in popular media, past and present, let us know.
Tags: TOP TEN TUESDAY, ARTICLE, STAR WARS, POPULAR MEDIA
All 3 Toy Story movies had a SW reference. In the first movie, Buzz Lightyear says that Emperor Zurg is building a weapon that can destroy a planet and that only he knows it's weakness. In the second movie, Zurg tells Buzz that he is his father and Buzz yells, NOOOO! Finally, in the third one, Big Baby picks up Lotso and throws him in the dumpster in a reference to the scene when Vader picks up Palpatine and throws him off the edge.
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