Star Wars: Midichlorians and thoughts on ‘Why?’…
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.
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.
Laying on the outfield grass at Bowman Field tonight, watching the fireworks set to Star Wars music as part of their ‘Star Wars Night’ celebration and TinyTot is naming off what scenes in the movies the music is from… It’s moments like these that make parenthood awesome.
Coloring time with #TinyTot
I love the image but I didn’t like how I colored the background. We have about 6 more books I am going to see if I can’t re-do this page, better…
I finally cataloged my Star Wars Tee Shirt Collection. I have 87 shirts as of this moment.
Happy Revenge of the 5th to any Dark Siders out there…
You may follow a different path but that doesn’t mean that your religion is any lesser than the ours. May you have a safe and peaceful Sith holiday.
Outtake from my 30 Days of Star Wars Shirts
Of course Nathan would be the kid who gets in trouble for swinging his bat like a lightsabre at practice.
Boss #Vader Says “the #DeathStar plans are not in the main computer… They’re on this memory device. How do I retrieve them?” Boss Vader isn’t very good with computers.
A blast from the past… A few weeks ago I snagged this awesome Star Wars Sweatshirt from the Adidas Star Wars line that came out in 2010. I never could afford anything during the initial run because it was too expensive, but I found this bad boy on ebay and agreed with myself that the price was right for the rarity and condition (new with tags). I definitely could not be happier at the moment. It’s pretty comfortable, it has a flocked hood, and really good fit despite being a size too big*. The zipper pocket on the left sleeve fits my phone perfectly and it has the right amount of nerdiness without going over the top. It doesn’t scream Star Wars like other items i have in my wardrobe.
Its arrival today definitely helped lift the spirits, especially since I have been suffering from a bad case of the flu all week.
*I always buy my sweatshirts in a size Large, despite being more of a medium build. I feel like the hood sits too snuggly with mediums and I like a bit of breathing room.
Random Star Wars Thoughts (While watching The Empire Strikes Back):
I’m bummed that we don’t get to see more of Lando Lando Calrissian in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He is a cool character. I read some of the EU Books on his backstory and honestly, I feel like he got the shaft.
I wonder if Yoda and Obi-Wan spoke during Luke’s training on Dagobah. You know Obi-Wan’s force ghost was there the entire time, watching, helping guide him into a strong Jedi.
I love how you can still see Luke’s nievity during his raining on Dagobah. You see him maturing but there is still that ‘innocent/childish, dumb farm boy’ there. He fails to recognize Yoda, despite knowing his sensors picked up no cities or technology. While he is a great character, I don’t like that he is arrogant, rude, and ungrateful toward Master Yoda. Here is someone, Yoda, who is taking him in, feeding him, teaching him about this mystical power he has and he is insubordinate, doing things his way despite the Master telling him against those actions. He whines instead of calmly dealing with sour situations. He runs into things too quickly instead of actually stopping and thinking of things. He becomes cocky, thinking he already has full grasp of his powers when really, he is still more of a padawan…
I love how Vader doesn’t care about his soldiers. They are all the same to him. ‘Don’t fail me again, admiral’ he says when promoting someone because he just force choked a guy to death; that is not a man who cares about his subordinates.
I think it’d be really sweet if we had cities like Cloud City. It bums me out that we don’t have floating cars or cities by now. Maybe if we invested more in to Awesome Technology instead of our ginormous military and the military’s R&D, we’d probably have awesome techologies that we often see in Sci-Fi. I mean come on, you can’t tell me that we wouldn’t. I mean come on, we went from seeing the first Missiles in World War Two to a man in space in about 30 years time; and that is with lesser technology. Why have we as a world turned our focus away from this? where is our sense of exploration and drive to learn and better our society? Where is our desire to grow? As a world, we are rapidly running out of places to live, so why not floating cities? Why don’t we have hoverboards? Why don’t people have automated cars? I feel like in a way, technological advancements have stalled in terms of extremely big life changing technologies. Yeah we have smart phones but those are minor technologies to me. I want something big. Something that helps us out in the long term. I want cars that can fly, I want a robot butler, etc… *sigh*
In The Empire Strikes Back, Threepio gets frustrated with the Falcon when trying to diagnose the problems and Han gives him a bit of gruff when talking to him (as he always does). Moments after Han is rude to Threepio, he lowers his voice and tells Chewbacca about the negative power coupling something Threepio just told him before he was rude. Moments later, Han goes to check on Leia and they have a romantic moment only to be interrupted by Threepio, allowing Leia to slip away, ruining the romantic moment for Han.
I feel like Threepio gets a ton of flack here for ‘being a cock block’ but in a way, if you are paying attention, Threepio is getting revenge. Han always cuts down the Golden Droid, giving him nothing but grief and bitterness, even when the droid is only trying to help as he was programmed to do. If you watch Threepio in the scene where Han tells Chewie about the power coupling he turns his head a bit to look at Han, almost as if he is thinking something along the lines of ‘how dare you’. During Han and Leia’s kiss he enters the room in a super jovial mood which strikes me as odd - especially since he is elated that he preforming a routine task. I understand he is an interpreter and not a maintenance droid, however he shows an extreme form of jubilation almost as if it was planned. Threepio had been dealing with Han for far too long and this had been the tipping point; if Han was going to treat him that way, he would get back at him. We see signs of this later on in The Return of the Jedi as well. During a scene in the Ewok Village, Han, Chewbacca, Luke, and Artoo all are put on spits and hung over fire kindling. Threepio learns that the guys are about to become a ‘dinner in his honor’, but never tries to stop them. Instead says ‘I’m rather embarrassed, General Solo, but it appears you are to be the main course at a banquet in my honor.’ in a jovial voice. Earlier on, he learns that the Ewoks think he is some sort of god, Han asks him to ‘use (his) divine influence and get (them) out of this?’ Threepio, quips that it wouldn’t be proper to impersonate a deity. The expression on Luke’s face during this conversation is one of utter amusement as he listens to Threepio get back at Han for all of the grief he’s given him…
Sometimes I feel like Threepio is a vastly underrated character.
Yesterday, we decided to build a snow man. Halfway through building it, I decided on making a snow sculpture instead, so we made a Darth Vader. He was all but completed, only missing his head/face, when we became tired and decided to ‘cheat by using the mask. There are a ton of other details (fingers, shoulder yolk, boots, cape, etc…) that really cannot be seen by the picture. I assure you, they are there though.
My new life goal is to have a set of Han Solo’s Winter Clothing that is worn while he is out doing patrols on his Tauntaun on Hoth.
I picked up this sweet tent at Target today for $6 in the clearance section. It’s a really cool tent so I can look past the fact that it has scenes from Episode II on it. Pretty neat. I think this will be my meditation, reading, mellow tent… totally. ..