Hello, Ezra here, and today I have one thing to tell you about … Star Wars. (If you don’t want spoilers, don’t read any farther.)
I was so excited that day I went into town dressed as Darth Vader. I kind of thought I might be too geeky, going to the Star Wars movie dressed up as one of the characters. I was wrong. There was a large selection of costumes at the theater. I remember seeing a generic Sith lord, an Emperor Palpatine, a red imperial guard, one Kylo Ren, three Darth Vaders and dozens of lightsabers, Star Wars t-shirts and sweaters and hats, cheap Kylo Ren masks and size tiny jedi robes. Looking back on it, it reminded me a little of a concert; crowds of people buzzing with excitement covered in merchandise from the show they were about to watch.
When the movie started, everyone cheered. When the Millennium Falcon appeared, the crowd screamed. And when Han Solo died- Yes, Han Solo dies. I did tell you not to read any more if you didn’t want spoilers. Stop throwing things and yelling. Anyways, when Han Solo died, I swear my adult friend who drove me there, who is the biggest Star Wars fan I know and says Star Wars 5: The Empire Strikes Back is his favorite movie of all time, teared up a little. Seriously. I heard a couple sniffles. I imagine that a fair bit of the crowd was a bit traumatized too. I mean, I get it. Most of the most Iconic or most popular Star Wars characters- Darth Maul, the Emperor, Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader, Qui-Gon Jinn, Padme, Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Han Solo- are all dead, leaving us with a cute new droid, an occasionally cowardly ex-Stormtrooper, and a girl, who is the only hero in The Force Awakens who can actually use (and I presume awaken) the Force.
All in all though, Star Wars was great. But because I’m a bit of a nitpicking jerk, I want to point out that there were a couple of problems with it. One thing I noticed was that it was very similar to the original Star Wars movies. You know; the movie has a scoundrel who sometimes wants to run away and sometimes wants to help the rebels, cute dome-headed droid, accented golden droid, intelligent bear with cross bow, masked sith lord, zombie-faced mysterious sith overlord, imperials vs rebels, planet sized superlaser base, Indiana Jones (sorry, Han Solo), rebels trying to find old wizened Jedi masters in exile to help them defeat the empire, girl that can use the force, wizened old Jedi master in exile, Anakin’s lightsaber, the Millennium Falcon, overlord imperial guy competing with masked sith lord, Stormtroopers with terrible shots, princess/general Leia, Jawas, gangs chasing down Han Solo, Big squid-like monsters, shield generators for the planet sized superlaser imperial base on another planet, obvious flaw in planet sized superlaser base’s design, cute dome headed droid carrying crucial information in it that everyone wants, masked Sith lord being related to one of the heroes as a plot twist, big and unexpectedly important barren desert world, masked Sith lord killing old man who he used to love, innocent planets exploding, planet sized superlaser base exploding, masked Sith Lord kidnapping a girl who can use the force and trying to get them to tell them the location of a cute dome headed droid….
Wow. They were similar than I thought.
And another thing; I dare a Star Wars fan to properly explain the plot line for The Force Awakens in a couple sentences.
The way I see it, the plot line is that Luke Skywalker has separated himself from everyone else because he’s feeling guilty about… um, something, and has left a map of how to find him even though he doesn’t want to be found because… um, reasons. Then he left an indistinct piece of the map at a resistance encampment because… he, uh, felt like it, and a guy from the resistance came and collected the piece of map that is useless without the rest of the map in order to try to find Luke because they needed him because… um, because he’s a Jedi and they can’t defeat the imperials who are choosing this time to strike back because the people who made this movie needed it to have some action. But then the guy who collected the map was almost immediately captured by imperials, the imperials having done this by… watching his every movement? I don’t know! Anyway, at the last second he passed the useless piece of map that really shouldn’t exist into his droid who trundles of in search of someone who can get him to the resistance. Meanwhile, one Stormtrooper out of a bajillion of them feels that killing is bad, despite being trained to kill since birth, because… um, because killing is bad. So he escapes with the prisoner, crashes, and wanders to the nearest village, where the droid is. Confused? that’s just in the first, like, 20 minutes!
I guess a shortened version of that could be that Luke left pieces of map with Resistance people and went away, then people came and got the pieces of map, but then had no choice but to put them in a droid, who searched for help while a good stormtrooper helped the guy out of prison and crashes before finding the droid.
That is a shorter version, but it still only describes 20 minutes of screentime and is longer than most netflix movie descriptions.
But as I said, the movie was awesome, the fights were awesome, the characters were awesome (unless they weren’t Han Solo or Chewie. If THAT’s the case, then the characters were okay, I guess.), the humor was awesome, and it was sooo much better than the prequels.
Please don’t tear me apart for nitpicking it Star Wars fans out there.
Seriously. If this doesn’t make you feel old, then you’re not a proper Star Wars fan. I mean, I’m thirteen and I feel old. Was Indiana Jones that long ago? Yikes.
Well, it’s that time of year. There is snow on the ground here in Kelowna, and all anyone can think about is the holiday of the season… the time for family and friends to come together and reflect on the really important stuff. The joyous day that will come in only a few days now.
We all know which day I’m talking about…
December 17, the premier of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS!
I don’t know about you guys, but despite only seeing each movie 1-3 times, hating the clone wars cartoon and only seeing one episode of Star Wars Rebels, I love Star Wars. The only thing that might be as exciting as this this month is the prospect of Newtonmas, my family’s kind of replacement of Christmas (which, for religious reasons, I have never celebrated) inspired by one of our favorite comedy series, the Big Bang Theory.
We are going to give each other physics related/geeky gifts and have to explain HOW they are physics related. Then Hannah and me are going to give a short presentation on Newtonian physics… which we decided to do in the form of a whiteboard animation demonstrating Newton’s laws of motion! (coming soon to quewhatnow.com and Youtube). Then we will spread Lego out on the floor and watch Big Bang Theory and eat Fig Newtons and stuff. Sounds like a boring and childish rip off of Christmas to you?
You’re no fun.
Okay, so I guess that makes for two exciting events this month. But I am super excited about the premier for Star Wars. After all, It is the first premier I’ve gone to (I think) and it’s from one of my favorite franchises.
I will write a bit of a review on the movie right after I watch it.
See you then!