As some of you may recall, I have struggled to create a PT-free environment in which to raise my children- AKA the next generation of OT fans- AKA our only hope.
It’s been a challenging… er… challenge. And I have several friends/“saga” friends who think I am doing a disservice to my kids. There’s also a sneaky cousin who likes to bring in contraband like “Commander Cody” and crap like that.
Here’s an interesting story from not too far back:
We were driving in the van somewhere with the wife and kids. And my 7 year old son randomly asks me:
ME : Yes?
SON: How did Darth Vader turn to the Dark Side?
I share a silent look with my wife.
ME : Well… nobody knows.
ME : So… what do you think?
SON: I don’t know. Maybe a bad guy came to him and said that he could have whatever he wanted if he joined the dark side…?
ME : Do bad guys usually tell the truth?
ME : Would you believe a bad guy if he came and told you that?
ME : What if it was someone you thouhgt was your friend?
SON: Oh, yeah! That would be really hard!
Anyways… this is the one that really made me feel like I wasn’t wasting my time.
It was the day after Christmas and I was hanging out at Gma and Gpa xhonzi’s. My younger brother was there, but had retreated upstairs to watch some TV without all of his nieces and nephews screaming in his ear. It didn’t really work because there were little kids upstairs too. So he started surfing channels and my 7 year old son wandered in. Attack of the Clones was on one of the channels and all my son saw was: STAR WARS: Episode II: Att… He got really excited (he got several SW toys for Christmas) and so my brother switched it on (he’s apparently not up to date on “the plan”) After about 30 seconds of it my son, that golden boy, says to my brother:
SON: Oh… is this the Clone Wars one?
SON: Oh… nevermind. I thought it was one of the good ones.
And then he walked off. My brother told me that this had happened and it really made my day. It was like… Christmas. I asked my son about it later and asked what exactly made him decide that the “Clone Wars one” wasn’t worth watching.
SON: You said they were dumb.
ME : … <slightly caught off guard>
SON: Aren’t they?
ME : Oh! Oh, yes. They are really dumb. They’re not worth watching. They bring the average way down.
And then the DSXII blows up.
IT'S MY TRILOGY, AND I WANT IT NOW!
"[George Lucas] rebooted the franchise in 1997 without telling anyone." -skyjedi2005
"Yeah, well, George says a lot of things..." a young 1997 xhonzi on RASSM
"They're my movies." -George Lucas. 19 people won oscars for their work on Star Wars (1977) and George Lucas wasn't one of them.
Rewrite the Prequels!