As I deal with crippling baseball-related depression, I offer up some random stories and thoughts from the week… plus a cute fluffy animal.
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Now that we’ve established that Boba Fett is not worthy of anyone’s devotion or admiration, let’s talk about someone who is. C-3PO doesn’t get a lot of love from Star Wars fans. (These are probably the same fans who think Boba Fett is awesome.) This is a shame, because he’s an awesome character, and because I feel akin to him in many ways. Yeah, he talks a little too much, and he’s the butt of everyone’s jokes, but C-3PO brings a lot to the series, and he offers a different way of looking at heroes. Allow me to elaborate.
- He’s hilarious. Oh come on, don’t lie. You love the old-married-couple bantering of C-3PO and R2. They add some levity to the series without being stupid and pointless like Jar Jar Binks. We wouldn’t even know that R2 is sarcastic and awesome without 3PO there to translate for us. The droids are some of the best comic relief in the series.
- He’s you. He’s me. He’s the guy who just wants to go home and be safe. Episode IV begins by putting us with the droids, particularly with 3PO, who’s confused and trying to figure out what’s going on, just like we viewers are. The truth is that most of us aren’t quite as brave as Han or as noble as Luke. C-3Po reacts the way we would probably react if we suddenly were thrown into the middle of a galactic war. We’d fret and worry and bitch about how dangerous this all is. And we don’t even know six million forms of communication. Continue reading
Look, I get it: Han shot first. In George Lucas’ stupid quest to make changes to his films years after people fell in the love, this one is particularly stupid. It’s not about advances in technology and special effects, like many of his changes were, it was about reshaping a character to be a little less “edge-y.”
Yes, it’s dumb. But I can’t pretend like it really changes my view of the movie that much, and I’m definitely not pissed off to the point that I desperately need a “Han shot first” T-shirt or bumper sticker.
You know what really pisses me off?
Yeah, that’s right. I said it. I’ll say it again. BOBA FETT IS OVERRATED. I mean, seriously. Putting aside the prequels, he has like, five lines. And I think that’s actually an overstatement. What? What is it? Why is he such a big deal? Is it the shiny helment? Yeah, it’s okay. Not cool enough to make me think he’s one of the greatest movie characters of ALL TIME, Empire magazine. (And don’t even get me started on the fact that he’s ranked above Princess Leia. Actually, that whole list is so masculinely-skewed, it’s not even funny. It’s downright insulting.) Is it because bounty hunters are cool? Is that enough to deserve legions of devoted fans? Yeah, I know he was clever enough to track Han and the Falcon, but let’s just put things in perspective. He’s hired by Vader, he finds Han, he hangs with Jabba for a while, and then he dies. The end. Explain to me how this is enough to make people think he’s such an amazing character. He’s pretty cool for a really minor character, maybe, but where does all the adoration come from? I don’t even understand it. Bounty hunters aren’t that cool. Especially bounty hunters who have, like, no personality, no motivation, and very few lines, none of which are particularly cool. Also, his name is BOBA. That’s like the least-badass name ever. Give me Darth Vader or Princess Leia anyday over Boba freaking Fett.
I enjoy Return of the Jedi, I respect the Empire Strikes Back, but I love A New Hope. It is my very favorite of the Star Wars films and a movie that I can watch a million times without getting sick of it.
I’ll be upfront about one reason I love it so much. When I was younger, it was the only Star Wars movie we owned, so it was the one I saw the most, and it felt the most familiar and comfortable of the movies to me.
But there are so many other reasons I love it best.
Fact: Star Wars is freaking awesome.
Fact: Though the prequels were 70% sucky, they can never un-awesome the original trilogy.
Fact: Star Wars isn’t just for nerds.
Maybe I’m the wrong person to make that claim since I am one of the nerdiest people I know, but I’m going to claim it anyway. Star Wars is not just sci-fi. It’s not just a series of action movies with sometimes questionable special effects. Star Wars (and let’s just agree here that when I say “Star Wars,” I’m referring to the original trilogy) is full of the most tried and tested story elements of all time–it’s practically modern mythology. You’ve got the young farm boy, who’s trying to prove himself and discover his destiny; the princess, who’s been updated from damsel in distress to ass-kicking politician; the pirate, who finds redemption and something to fight for; the mentor(s), who have to die so that their mentee can prove himself; and the villain, who’s both terrifying and ultimately tragic. Star Wars takes the stories that have survived for generations and puts them in a setting that’s new and exciting. Hope, redemption, coming of age, love, death, hate…Star Wars has it ALL (and Ewoks, too!).
Keeping all this mind, that this is a story about archetypes and redemptive journeys, I’m going to make an argument that’s probably not very popular among my fellow Star Wars devotees: Return of the Jedi is actually amazing and a totally fitting end to the trilogy, minus some weird things that maybe aren’t so awesome.