Q: Which program does a Jedi use to open PDF files?
A: Adobe Wan Kenobi
Q: Which website did Chewbacca get arrested for creating?
Ok. I’ll stop. But I just heard those jokes tonight and I’m so amused at all the “Star Wars” talk.
I didn’t say “hype.” I’m enjoying the enthusiasm.
People have been lining up for days, not to buy tickets, those have been purchased in the $100 million in U.S. presales, but to guarantee “the best” seats at the theater of their choice. It may seem a little overblown, but I enjoy watching other people have so much fun!
The countdown to opening night has been heavily anticipated in our home, as well.
I was the designated babysitter tonight while mom and dad joined other diehards at the 7:00PM showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
It shouldn’t be a surprise that a man with a Storm Trooper in his family room would purchase tickets two months ago guaranteeing a spot in the first local showing.
Anthony saw “Star Wars” in its first 1977 release following his Kindergarten graduation. He’s been like that little kid for weeks now, humming “The Imperial March” (Darth Vader’s Theme) and counting down the days. For the past week or so he and Aimee have re-watched and reviewed all six previous episodes.
I never saw the prequel trilogy and it has been the full 38 years since Jay and I joined friends in Hollywood to see “Star Wars,” followed a few years later by “The Empire Strikes Back,” and by the time we got to “Return of the Jedi,” in 1983, our children were old enough to join us.
Our son was about six years old when he saw “Empire,” and he was hooked. He loved the movie, but it was probably the massive ad campaign and Kenner toy company’s production line of action figures that fueled the passion.
Up in our attic we’ve stored his Millennium Falcon, a set of Star Wars bed sheets, a stuffed Ewok, various transport and ground vehicles, along with who knows what is in those boxes. He had all the figures at one time, and his small original collection would have some value if they were still in good condition.
But he really played with his toys and I have wonderful memories of my “little boy” completely caught up in the fantasy of the characters. I still remember trying not to over-react when I walked in to find several of his storm troopers melted to the ceiling light. He’d hung them precariously as they performed some elaborate scene from the Galactic Empire.
I have to admit that I can recall only the barest outline of the Star Wars movies. I am fairly certain that if it weren’t for an interest in seeing the original cast I wouldn’t be planning to see it, but I do get a little thrill when I hear the music and nostalgia certainly kicks in when I think of seeing Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill reprising their roles.
And I can’t be at all critical of the millions of fans who really eat this up!
People in glass houses and all that…
I watched all 121 episodes of LOST. For six seasons that was my “galaxy far, far away.”
So how about you? Do you plan to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
Aimee and Anthony gave an enthusiastic report when they came home. I overheard something about a plan to see it again.