I am going to say something really daring and really uncool here.
I liked the Star Wars movies. All five of them. I bet I will like the new one coming out this week.
I liked Han Solo’s cheesy lines, Ray Park’s double-bladed lightsaber, Princess Leia’s bad hair, Natalie Portman’s mole, Chewbacca’s grunts, C3PO’s dry humor as the straight man, and Samuel Jackson’s purple light saber. I thought Boba Fett ruled, and we all wanted to be him when I was a kid. I know I have been insulted if you tell me I am ‘bantha fodder.’ I like the story line, the soundtrack, the over-inflated sense of cosmic importance to the whole thing, and I like that the good guys mostly win.
I liked the Star Wars board games, books and action figures when I was a kid, and I liked the two Knights of the Old Republic RPG’s as an adult. I liked Republic Commados, even if the ending pissed me off. I even like all the fan flicks- they make me laugh.
So everyone lay off Star Wars for a little bit. Lucas isn’t the source of all evil in the galaxy, even if I would like Jar Jar Binks to be killed by an Ewok that spontaneously combusted.
Star Wars has gone a long way to make my life a lot happier- much more than I can say for a lot of other Hollywood endeavors. In fact, I might just pop in the Empire Strikes Back in tonight.
So everybody just lighten up. This isn’t about Republicans or Democrats or George Bush or the United Nations. It is about millions of people like me who are going to go out and watch the last installment of a movie series that has been making them happy since they were kids.
Quit trying to spoil it.
And someone tell Prof. Bainbridge that Episode III comes before Episodes 4-6, so it is entirely possible for Obi-Wan to reject black and white logic in Episode III, and then come to embrace it later on. An encounter with Darth Vader, your former pupil, and the destruction of the Republic might just do that.
In fact, it not only ruins the story line, but enhances the innocence and purity of Luke Skywalker, who rejects the binary thinking of both his masters and the Sith. I guess it would be snide and condescending to point out that the original movie was Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Luke Skywalker was the new hope.
At this point, my uber-geek cover is blown, but I must ask- would it also be too much for me to point out to Bainbridge and others that the New Hope, in the form of Luke, was right to reject black and white logic. Do you forget who turned to his son and threw the Dark Lord to his demise? The force is weak in Prof. Bainbridge.
But anyway, I digress. Quit messing with my Star Wars, or I will have harsh words for you.
And one last thing. Bitching about bad dialog in Star Wars is like getting pissed off because Heidi Klum has a German accent. It is simply the nature of the beast.