"If they give you ruled paper, write the other way." -Juan Ramon Jiminez

Wednesday, May 18, 2005


In less than two hours, Star Wars comes out. I would be lying if I said I wasn't really excited about this; I kinda grew up on the films and the feeling of coolness never quite wore off. The special edition came out sometime during those years in middle school when I started to like some of the stuff I do now. I think the stuff that lasted from middle school is arguably the best, since it survived me growing up and changing however a kid is supposed to change, to still be cool enough for me to drool over four or five years later. I don't own one of those plastic toy lightsabers and swing it around in my house, but sometimes I imagine I do and swing whatever similarly shaped object on hand around while imitating the hum only a lightsaber makes. Hopefully this will stop after I see the movie. But wait, I have a real sword in my house not 10 feet to my left, aptly placed on top of my TV. I have a deadly weapon; what makes me any less cool then the Jedi? Well that's just what I like about Star Wars: the Jedi are not simply an army of lightsaber-totoing robe-wearing mystical force-using warriors. There is a whole code and mythology to what they do, a little like the samurai, but with more X-Wing-lifting than was even imagined possible in feudal Japan.

But now I have a question for those of you who are more Star Wars saavy than I am:
The Jedi are the good guys, and they act based on the light side of the Force, with reason. The Sith are the bad guys, and they act based on the light side of the Force, with passion. Is George Lucas arguing against George Orwell and whoever wrote Equilibrium? Is emotion bad in Star Wars? It would explain the bad acting (Zing!, Badump tss etc.). Maybe I haven't been watching carefully enough.

In any case, in response what I know all of you must be thinking, yes, it is cool to wear a hood in school and pretend you're a Jedi.

Not that I do that.


so yeah it was pretty awesome