May 21, 2005

Can anybody get me up to speed on the Star Wars thing?

I'm not kidding.

I kind of want to see Episode III, because the theme of how a man becomes evil (or lets the evil virtually obliterate the good) intrigues me. But I pretty much missed the Star Wars bus, and I don't want to blow...what's a movie cost now, nine buck?...if I'm just going to be confused.

I saw Star Wars, of course. In 1977. Once. I remember the main characters and the trash compactor scene.

I missed the Empire Strikes Back, and when I saw Return of the Jedi, I was chaperoning a kid's birthday party, so I spent a lot of the movie in line at the bathroom or helping a scared kid hide in the lobby. I remember those little Ewoks on scooter-like things, but I have absolutely no recollection of Darth Vader dying.

So, do I need to head to the video store and rent I and II before I see III? How about the original three? Is recognizing Boba Fett neccessary?

Posted by Nic at May 21, 2005 09:04 AM

Ok here goes, starwars.

Ep 1
Trade federation (being given orders by some hidden naughty man) blockade nabu (planet), 2 jedi (young obi wan and his mentor) take queen to senate to protest, on route end up at moss isley (not sure on spelling) meet kid (young anikin skywalker) win pod race, leave planet with skywalker, arrive senate, no help, back to nabu, fight trade federation, all the while being chased by dath maul (a sith, bad jedi) Big battle and punch up with said jedi, obi wans mentor dies, obi wan becomes mentor to skywalker.

Ep 2
hidden naughty man is actuly senitor now in charge, skywalker older shags queen of nabu, returns moss isley to free mother but she has died.
menwhile obi wan discovers large clone army (start of storm troopers), chase to a planet, kills boba fets father, hidden plot to overthrow gov, big jedi punch up on planet, nice fight scene with yoda Vs nasty jedi.

Ep 3 (basic outline as not seen yet)
Skywalker goes bad and becomes darth vader, senitor becomes emporer, queen of nabu has kid that will become luke (this bit is speculation but makes sense).

Origonal 3 are by far the best and worth seeing again for the hell of it, You dont need to see them to get the story as EP 1,2,3 are supposed to be prequles to the others. If any of the above makes no sense dont worry it wont make any sense when you see them :) but if your bored hire them.

Posted by: Jeremy at May 22, 2005 01:58 PM


I actually just bought (ordered) a used set of VHS tapes of the original trilogy, one that came out before the remastering and rearranging. Han still shots first. I'm really not sure what that means, but it seems important to Star Wars people.

Posted by: nic at May 23, 2005 08:20 AM

I'm in the same boat Nic. I've seen the original once, and a few bits and pieces of one other. That's it. Never quite understood the phenomenom.

Posted by: Ted at May 23, 2005 11:59 AM

The Han Shot First thing: there's a scene in the original movie that's involved, right after we're first introduced to Han Solo. He's leaving the bar, and runs into a bounty hunter, who will get paid for Han, dead or alive, preferably dead. The bounty hunter's got a blaster pointed, point blank, at Han. They sit back down, chat, the bounty hunter offers to forget he saw Han for a large enough bribe. Han doesn't have the money, is slowly preparing his blaster under the table. The bounty hunter says something like "I've been looking forward to this for a long time," Han counters "I bet you have," and shoots him. The Han goes to the barkeep, flips him a coin, and says "Sorry about the mess."

This scene establishes Han as a "does what he needs to do to save his own skin" guy.

With the release of the Special Edition, though, the scene was changed. In it, the bounty hunter fires, hits the wall to the side of Han's head, and only then does Han fire. Now, the bounty hunter was close enough that a blind quadraplegic couldn't have missed, and Han, knowing that this guy was going to kill him in the next few seconds, had a reason to fire.

So, yes, it's a small point, but it's a good example of Lucas' seeming mistakes/ overwhelming ego.

Posted by: owlish at May 25, 2005 06:43 PM
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