That ever so rare moment when #TinyTot decides to text me with his mother’s phone. #thingsthatmakeyourday
I am watching a wonderful documentary called The People vs. George Lucas and they bring up a bunch of wonderful points and concerns about our beloved stories and the franchise.
One of their gripes is midichlorians and how the force was explained in The Phantom Menace. Before we delve into this argument, one must note that George Lucas was quoted as saying ‘the movies are made for kids’ as to why he added Jar Jar and a lot of the poor attempts at humor in the Prequels. If we look at this strictly as a standpoint of a child only watching The Phantom Menace as their first foray into our lovely world, yes tragedy I know - stay on topic, George Lucas is actually a genius. You have to remember, while a lot of fans were excited about The Phantom Menace because it was the expansion of a franchise they knew and loved, The Phantom Menace was created to bring in new fans, so how do you explain ‘the force’ to those children?
He takes the force and the Jedi way, something that Han himself scoffs at calling it a ‘hokey religion’ and turns it into a ‘fact’; he explains it with science. Here is a generation of people who are rapidly being turned off to religion, my generation, and he takes a religious concept and backs it with science. Something that a lot of the former church goers are moving toward; something that a lot of parents are teaching their children about. Religion itself is on the decline, it has been for years. People are rapidly learning that there are scientific reasons for things not just because a mystical being said it so. How do you explain something like ‘the force’ to that generation? You incorporate it into your movie, which he did.
From a Fan standpoint, if you begin to question everything, you must then think of the context. Obi-Wan was living on a remote, outer rim planet. You would liken Tatooine to the deep woods; so how do you explain something like that to someone from the back woods? It’s simple, you brake it into a reasoning that a non-educated person would understand; Religion (no I am not bashing religion here, I am going by fact; there are more religious oriented people in places that are less educated). Qui-Gon lived on Coruscant, a bustling planet that was one big metropolis. In the city you find more scholarly people; people who believe in science. Qui-Gon, a product of that learned society, tells Anakin about the force in the best way he can; with science. Obi-Wan had been on Tatooine for 19 years at the point where he explains it in A New Hope, he knew how to talk to the people; where as Qui-Gon was a visitor and did not.
I would be lying if I said that the Phineas and Ferb Star Wars special didn’t have me absolutely smitten right now. It definitely was just what I needed; good laughs and bonding time with TinyTot.
Just got finished watching the Phineas and Ferb Star Wars special with TinyTot; and I’m all smiles. So many excellent references and jokes. It was well worth him staying up past bedtime. At one point, there was a joke about Darth Vader having an inhaler that made TinyTot laugh hysterically exclaiming ‘Dada, Darth Vader has an inhaler just like you!’ followed by him telling me I am now Darth Vader. They also had a blatant joke about them making a sequel, which I definitely am looking forward to.
Oh Disney, how I love thee.
This past week has been pretty lousy.
I just want to ride out the next hour and a half and coast into the weekend. All of the stress is really messing with the creative juices.
Messed up my knee badly playing yard games so I am homebound today. I have #TinyTot and #boardgames to keep me company, so I can’t complain. He won this intense game of Sorry! I think next is Battleship.