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.
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. ..
Can I say how much I love the way the script turned out when I customized my lighter? Every letter except the K looks pretty good. Love it.
TinyTot (5 yrs old) just told me his favorite part of his Star Wars: The Clone Wars book was a page with Dark Assassin Asajj Ventress on it because she wears a tubetop-esque garment and you can see cleavage - or as he said it ‘you can almost see her boobies’.
I don’t know whether to laugh, high five, or scold him.
To find those droids I was looking for before Lord Vader gets super angry with me.
when someone TRIES to reference a popular franchise but gets basic details wrong.
For example, on a post I saw earlier someone said that Boba Fett put Han Solo in carbonite*. Are you fucking kidding me? Yes Boba Fett TRANSPORTED Solo when he was frozen in carbonite, but Boba Fett did not PUT Han Solo in carbonite. It was Darth Vader that had Han Solo put in carbonite because he wanted to test the carbonite freezing chamber to see if you could freeze a human body for transport, because ultimately Vader wanted to freeze Luke for his journey to the Emperor. It’s the fucking basis of the final acts of The Empire Strikes Back; it’s basic knowledge if you’ve watched the fucking movie… *flips table*
*The post was an image of a Boba Fett Santa mash-up cosplay and someone captioned it with ‘You better not shout….you better not cry….you better not pout or you’ll be frozen in carbonite…’ Trust me, it is enough information to insinuate that Boba Fett is the one putting people in carbonite, because they are likening Santa giving coal to Boba Fett supposedly freezing people in carbonite…
Nothing bugs me more than when someone cosplays or dresses up in a badass outfit, but has incorrect props for said outfit be it wrong weaponry for that character, incorrect or missing items, etc… While I get that sometimes certain items may be a bit hard to find, don’t pass off your own ignorance as a solution to the problem. Don’t claim yourself a fan or claim that something is supposed to be themed a certain thing, then ignorantly utilize the wrong item, ESPECIALLY when you have super nerds helping you.
I see a lot of Stormtrooper Cosplay where they utilize the toy Clone Trooper Blaster sold in stores as their main weapon. I’m sorry but the DC-15S Blaster utilized by the Clone Troopers during the Clone Wars is NOT the same as an E-11 Blaster utilized by the Stormtroopers during the Galactic Civil War Era. While both do look similar and the props were built off of the same World War II era gun body, they are NOT the same. One of first most notable differences is the E-11 has a scope. It would be understandable if a version of the E-11 was never sold in stores but you can find them on Amazon or Ebay…
Also why does no one go the extra mile anymore? It is very easy to get ‘hammered metal’ spray paint and paint something. It takes a whole 15-20 minutes to prep and paint if you are doing it right. If you’re going to use a prop, make sure it looks good. Don’t embarrass yourself with a half-ass accessory.
Don’t get me wrong, I love cosplay and I love seeing cosplayers. The whole reason for this rant comes from a touring burlesque group who had a wicked awesome Star Wars segment in their show. Their costumes are absolutely excellent, featuring a ton of details on the corsets and other outfits. However, they don’t utilize the correct props. How can you spend that much time in creating the costume, making this gorgeous elaborate costume, but skimp out on the accessories. That bugs me. Why go 75% of the way only to quit there!? WHY? I mean yeah in that instance, people are just there to see a seductive act where girls dance and show naughty bits, but even still that bugs me. The whole misusing of weapons, especially with Star Wars costumes really bugs me. Like the Jedi cosplayers that use the wrong hilt for that character or the Stormtroopers that utilize the wrong weapons… I don’t know why but it bugs me. To me, it’s like having a Halo costume but using a Star Wars gun because ‘they’re both sci-fi like weapons’.
Yesterday’s calendar page was the Ewok Celebration from RotJ. It’s a fitting picture for a birthday, too bad i didn’t have an excellent celebration like that one.