Sunday, March 13, 2011

May the Meme Be with You

Found a Star Wars 30-Day Challenge going around on Tumblr, so I once again decided to do it as a meme on Blogger.

1. All-time favorite character in Star Wars
2. Favorite member of the Rebellion

They're both the same character: Artoo Detoo. (And I have to say, I prefer it spelled out as opposed to the alphanumeric R2-D2. I don't know why the preference is there, but it struck me more as a kid, and it's stayed that way ever since.)

3. Favorite member of the Empire

Darth Vader, though my love for Peter Cushing puts Grand Moff Tarkin at a close second. (I really dug what they just did on Clone Wars with Captain Tarkin and Anakin Skywalker meeting for the first time. The little hint of the Imperial March when they shook hands gave me a chill. I love that show.)

4. Favorite Jedi

Qui-Gon Jinn.

5. Favorite Droid

Artoo, but I love almost all droids on principle.

6. Favorite type of ship, or specific ship

The Millennium Falcon, of course. The X-Wing is pretty sweet, too; it was always one of my favorite toys as a kid (I never had the Falcon). I have a LEGO X-Wing, too.

7. Favorite planet

Frankly, I'm not a huge fan of any of the one-landscape-and-weather-system-only planets of the Star Wars universe. I mean, they fit the story, but there's not a single world where I can point and go "Hey, that's neat." I guess, if you go outside the movies, Arbra, where the Hoojibs live, is kind of nice and foresty.

8. Favorite movie in the original trilogy

The Empire Strikes Back.

9. Favorite movie in the prequel trilogy

Revenge of the Sith.

10. Favorite photo that’s related to Star Wars

This girl just makes every convention better. There's a whole Flickr page devoted to her somewhere out there.

11. Favorite battle

The three-tiered battle in Return of the Jedi, with Han leading the rebels on Endor, Lando leading the strike on the second Death Star, and Luke and Vader battling it out before the Emperor.

12. All time favorite scene in any of the movies

Luke Skywalker stops short of surrendering his humanity. In fact, I think this is one of the great scenes of the original trilogy that's given an extra layer by the prequels, since you see that Luke is not making his father's mistake and not giving in to slaughter and anger. Where Anakin let himself go and couldn't control himself, Luke turns away. And then coupled with Vader's reclamation of his humanity, which of course he has to die to achieve.

13. Favorite quote

"I love you." "I know."

14. A scene that makes you happy

Gosh, anything to do with Artoo and/or Chewbacca, I think.

15. A scene that makes you sad/angry

For me, it comes down to Obi-Wan's pained "You were my brother, Anakin." There's so much going on here. The perversion of Anakin's political loyalties through fear and manipulation. His descent into mass murder. Obi-Wan's sense of betrayal and, I've always thought, his sense of failure in training Anakin. I find it very powerful, and it only deepens as The Clone Wars goes on and the relationship between these two is deepened.

I think this is a major part of what the prequels are about: the fall of the Jedi, brought about in large part by their own arrogance, their own high-handedness, and their own sense of institution. Historically, we see a lot of institutions fall because it becomes self-perpetuating to the point where it will do anything--even lie and kill--to protect itself, and becomes so assured of its own importance that it can't change until it's too late. It's my personal theory that a lot of people don't like the prequels because they don't want it to be about what it is, which is the failure of the Jedi.

16. Photo of your Star Wars related things (books, action figures, posters, shirts, etc.)

I goddamn love me the LEGO video games.

17. Your favorite moment in The Phantom Menace


18. Your favorite moment in Attack of the Clones

Because I'm a squeeing fanboy, the moment my favorite actor, Christopher Lee, appears onscreen.

19. Your favorite moment in Revenge of the Sith

Lowering the mask. When Becca and I sat and watched the entire saga in one day, the moment the Vader mask was fitted on, there was a long, slow, rumbling peal of thunder from outside. It was awesome.

20. Your favorite moment in A New Hope

Isn't this everyone's?

21. Your favorite moment in Empire Strikes Back

Everything about this scene--the acting, the dialogue, the editing, the score... this is a perfect movie scene.

22. Your favorite moment in Return of the Jedi

See number 12.

23. Something you wished was different in the series

You know, I've played this game before, and it's pointless. It's all there, all the way George Lucas wanted it, and it all works for me.

24. A character you didn’t like in the series

Not in the film series proper, but as Star Wars characters go, I really don't have much interest in Asajj Ventress as a character. Also, I hate Chewbacca's kid, Lumpy.

He's like a feral animal that was badly domesticated and is about to snap at any moment.

25. Your favorite book/series from the Expanded Universe

I'm not big into the Expanded Universe (I don't count The Clone Wars, since it's official). My favorite thing in the Expanded Universe is either Hoojibs (if the Marvel comics actually count) or the Dark Horse miniseries Star Wars Underworld: The Yavin Vassilika, because it was hilarious.

26. Your favorite Obi-Wan Kenobi quote

"It is our decisions that shape our destinies." (Revenge of the Sith)

27. Your favorite Yoda quote

"For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us... and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this... crude matter!" (The Empire Strikes Back)

28. Your favorite Darth Vader quote

"The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am." (Return of the Jedi)

29. Best Star Wars related story/incident you’ve had

I really enjoyed writing these: From Father to Son, Etc. and My Star Wars Biography. They helped me really cement and solidify where I stand now in the self-destructive world of Star Wars fandom. (Turns out: completely apart from it, which is a very comfortable place to be.)

30. Why you love Star Wars

It's all in those two essays, I think. But the simple version is that I love the characters, and the fact that they inhabit a fictional world that has room for everything you could want. That's why I think fans are silly to whine about humor, because the Star Wars Universe has evolved to be something that can be populated by whatever you want it to be. You can make it as dark or as light as you want. Don't like The Clone Wars? Fine. Stick with your Rogue Squadron novels instead. Enjoy it for what you like about it. I always do.

1 comment:

Kal said...

That was really fun and interesting to read. I especially liked the way you mentioned that it's pointless to bitch and moan about what we don't like about the series. It's there the way Lucas wanted it to be and we should be thankful we got any of it at all. I embrace it all and just accept it and love it. I have such a great singular life memory of 'New Hope' that it forever changed me as a person and influenced many of my choices in entertainment. I am so grateful for that. I was born at the perfect time to enjoy this series. I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't get it. Yesterday I watched 'Clone Wars' and 34 years after first seeing 'Star Wars' I still got a tingle from that Tarkan/Anakin handshake. THAT is special.