Sunday, May 08, 2005

Star Wars: I'm In--I Am ALL In with The Phantom Menace

I just watched Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace. And I have decided that I like it very much. I'm not saying it isn't slow-starting, unwieldy, confusing or that Jar Jar Binks was a good idea (because that kind of creature in a sleeveless flared pantsuit was simply ill-conceived) but there are good things about it--at least 10 (see below). Why would I go against popular opinion like this and even put it in writing? Because Star Wars, baby, I'm in. I am all in.

Top 10 Good Things About The Phantom Menace that Make it Worth Enduring the Insufferable Jar Jar Binks:

10. First glimpse of double-bladed lightsaber. Hello? Cool? Uh yes. I should say so.

9. Inspiration for, quite possibly, the geekiest sentence I have ever written (see above).

8. Little boy actor who plays Anakin Skywalker (as opposed to Hayden Christiansen who plays big boy Anakin Skywalker) does a good job.

7. Finding out that Anakin Skywalker made C-3PO. I totally thought I saw a glimmer of recognition on Darth Vader's face in Star Wars.

6. Darth Maul--good villain. Horns! Super scary.

5. Finding out that I have and ocd-ish chant hang-up with the name Senator Palpatine. Palpatine. Palpatine. Palpatine.

4. Galaxy-changing introductions: "Obi-Wan meet Anakin Skywalker," "R2, this is C-3PO." etc.

3. Finding out that Darth Vader has more midi-chlorians in his blood than Yoda--because I love when they use real science in movies.

2. The thought-provoking questions it raises that I can think about when I'm bored: Would it have been better to leave Anakin with his mom or did he deserve a chance? Is the prophecy about restoring balance to the force really about restoring evil balance rather than good balance? Was Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) foolish to insist that Anakin be trained. . . and was Obi Wan the wiser (though younger) of the two because he initially sided with the Jedi Council who thought Anakin's future was cloudy? Or was Qui-Gon truly a visionary and the fate of the galaxy really rested upon Anakin's choices? I just don't know the answers to these questions.

1. The suggestion that Anakin Skywalker, who will become Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith, was an immaculate conception. Hello? Cool? Uh, yes. I should say so.

Gulp. I'm so excited for Episode III and at this point, if it sucks, I'm just going down with the ship.


  1. I wanted to be the first comment even though I don't really have anything to say. I'd better hurry up or someone will comment while I'm writing this. Just today I took down my old Episode 1 poster that I've had since 5th grade to make room for a Dogs Die In Hot Cars poster.

  2. Drat you stunningly handsome nate perkins! Foiled for first again!

    Um...I had to double check your profile because I thought that maybe your blog had been hacked or comandeered by a 12 year old boy in the GATE program... KNOW I'm psyched...already-have-my-tickets-to-opening-night psyched.

  3. Meesuh so excited too, Meesuh excited for the debut of Chewy’s Rastafarian cousin named Chewbaccamon, courtesy of another moment of midnight inspiration over at Skywalker Ranch.

  4. Remember when you used to call me "Car Car Binks" because Sam used to call me "Car Car"? Yeah, I loved that. Remember how Christian used to train Sam to say "Car Car eats poo poo"? Loved that, too...

  5. Haha, I like that: "sleeveless flared pantsuit." :-)

    I'll admit the two things that made the creature in a SFP endurable were the gorgeous score and the fantastic battle between Darth Maul & Qui-Gon and then Obi-Wan.

  6. I'm going to have to disagree with you on one point: child actor portraying Anakin was GOOD? It's been a long time since I watched it, but I remember that being a serious black spot on the movie for me. Sorry.

    (What a downer I am...but, I just had to say it!)

    And Jar Jar Binks just sucks. No doubt.

  7. Star Wars without Harrison Ford is no thrill for me. I actually got made fun of by a group of 12 year old boys that I didn't know for falling sound, sound asleep in the theatre while watching the first one...or was it the second one?

  8. I have to admit I totally geekin'-out about Star Wars...and analyzing it all. Have always loved the 'original 3' but still trying to have an open mind about the new ones...

    I can't believe I just wrote "geeking-out out about Star Wars..."

  9. I hate to admit this to everyone. But I have never seen Star Wars. Any of them. It's not that I don't want to, but it just seems like such a daunting task now. I mean 6 of them! It is overwhelming. Maybe I should just set aside a day on the calendar and watch them all in order.

  10. Marcy,
    I would set aside that day to read Harry Potters 3-5 instead of watching Star Wars. If you are going to succumb to popular culture, you need to succumb to the best. I know you will resist me, but I had to say it.

  11. Regarding Marcy: The force is strong with this one. If you watch the Star Wars movies, you won't be sorry.

    Carly, You can't read Harry Potters 3-5 in a day. Why you have to be such a hater?

  12. I just want to see Padme die. I promise I'll cry at that moment.

  13. Rivers is my hero too.

    Not really but I like his music...

    Marcy: just watch them. You won't regret it. I never watched any of them (except the beginning of A New Hope up to the "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi you're my only hope" part), EVER. Even though everyone in my family loves them. I just never really wanted to.

    But about a month ago I decided to do it. And I did. And it's not so daunting! In fact, if you're like me, you might end up finishing Empire Strikes Back at 11 p.m. and then putting in Return of the Jedi directly afterward without even a thought about how early you have to get up the next morning, just because you want to find out what happens.

    I did get into the story. But I still haven't watched episodes 1 & 2 yet, mainly because we don't own them. But we borrowed them and I'll watch them this week before the big #3...

    I loved Harry Potter, I mean absolutely loved, until the 4th book. I read the first 3 all in one summer. Then the following summer, #4 came out and I got about halfway through before I gave up. I just couldn't get into it. Haven't tried 5 either.

  14. Kacy: REEEEEAAAAAARRRRR! I KNOW you can't read Harry Potters 3-5 in one day. I was using a little creative license, and I was also really trying to get Marcy to get into Harry Potter so we can discuss it. I meant no hatred towards Star Wars. I am no hater.

  15. Kacy, Carly, Lizer: I will watch the movies. And still considering HP. TY for your concern for my cultural well-being.

  16. I want everyone to not only acknowledge my reference to Dido's song White Flag (the last sentence of the above post) but also--whenever you hear it--to know that it is my song to the Star Wars Franchise and to imagine me singing it to the Star Wars Franchise in general and to Han Solo in particular.

  17. Anonymous12:40 PM

    Where's the sense in that?

  18. I won't put my hands up and surrendur. Unless it is to watching all the Star Wars. Or to imagine you singing it. Done and done.

  19. What? You like Episode I? No. No, no, no. Say it ain't so.

  20. I just watched Episode I for the first time the other night and now I can't stop quoting it. e.g.,

    "You're a slave."
    "I'm a PERSON and my name is ANAKIN."

    Despite Jake Lloyd's wretched acting, I just think he's so darn cute. And despite Hayden Christiansen's wretched acting, I just think HE'S so darn cute. If the 3-hour season finale of The Bachelor wasn't tonight, I'd be watching Episode II instead.

  21. Eh, I think I'll wait for the HBO premier. The first 2 (aka, the last 2) profusely sucked. This one will, too. How do I know? The soda and cell phone commercials. Nothing but brat fodder.

  22. Kacy, you sure captured it with #1. I too couldn't figure out the whole 'immaculate conception' conversation between Qui-Gon and Shmi. Weird... stuff. Timeless movies!


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