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Top 10 Tuesday: Star Wars References in Popular Media

Author: Gavin Singleton | Sep-24-2013 5:44 AM

ScifiedGeneral Movie News & Posts ➙ Top 10 Tuesday: Star Wars References in Popular Media

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 – 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 – 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 – roughly half way through the story mode you will be evading the in-game police, to which Trevor (tongue firmly in cheek) shout's “This is not the car you are looking for!”
Not much of reference but it is one of the many giggles you will have while playing as Trevor Phillips.

#8 – 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 – 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 – YouTube Videos

There are many a YouTube video referencing Star Wars, either directly or indirectly, serious and comical. Because there are so many we’ll include 3 of the most comical ones as number 7 in our list:

#6 – Friends

Of course I can only really be referencing one particular episode of Friends really; the first episode of the third season titled “The One With The Princess Leia Fantasy”, in which Ross request’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 (“Oh My Gawd” Janice) he sometimes see's his mothers face instead, thus ruining Ross’ fantasy night.

#5 – 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 Saga’s most well known characters.

#4 – 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 – which when all put together makes it one of the funniest movies you’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 Jay’s Light-Bong.

#3 – 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 – 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 “skitting” Star Wars in the Family Guy’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 – 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 MacFarlane’s dysfunctional animated family works so well as the cast of the Star Wars characters in the episode's “Blue Harvest”, “Something, Something, Something Dark Side” and “It’s a Trap”, it makes one wonder – why haven’t the Simpson’s attempted this?

Can you think of any other references to Star Wars in popular media, past and present, let us know.

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