But I was thinking the other day. Do any of you have any great memories tied with the PT? I was there for all the excitement and the hype (and the painful let down) that the PT provided and I do have some wonderful memories associated with the films. Granted I don't much care for the movies, but I have been known to sit down and watch it if it is on (such as when my aunt watched Episode I over semester break). I don't like the movies, but it does bring up some great memories.
TPM - I was 14 years old and living in Japan. My 2 best friends and I were so psyched it was obsured. I was on a small American Base so the theater had one screen and we had to drive to the other base opposite the island to see it. I still have the Japanese Coke cans that had full color photos of the cast on them. I ate at Taco Bell so I could have the Anakin mug. All 3 of us bought the novel and each tried to get a different cover (I got obi-wan's). I had about 3 different posters and flipped out whenever I saw the "Duel of Fates" on MTV. I saw the movie twice in the theater and bought about 2 T-shirts when I was in Hawaii. I was so young and so hyped up, and even made a fan movie called "The Franchise Menace" where I played Obi-Wan and my other friends were Darth Maul and the Queen. We had some damn fine costumes.
Those were some good times. I may think the movie is lame, but it will always remind me when I knew how to have nerdy fan-girl fun.
AOTC - I was a senior in high school and quite fond of my then boyfriend. He was a sweet guy and it was my first real boyfriend I had ever had. Convienient the second Star Wars movie was a love story. It was the only film that didn't say the word "midichlorians" and once again, I was overseas and had to see the movie in a German theater. It was in English and it was the finest theater I have ever been in. Plush, clean, very "broadway" like. The germans do love their entertainment. Good times. And the Love Theme is still wonderful.
ROTS - this just came out, but I still have some great memories with it. I was just in my Junior year of college and taking summer classes to stay on top of things. It was the first time I had to take classes down town and boy was it hot. I can remember sitting in my film class for 3 hours in the afternoon watching old Bogart films thinking, "I think I'm gonna go see ROTS again when I'm done with class." I had the soundtrack in my car for who knows how long (John Williams is a music god). I can remember sitting at the bus stop waiting for my campus bus to come and bring me back home and thinking, "Sure that ROTS movie wasn't as good as I had hoped, but it had some cool qualities...aside from the NOOOOOO! part." It was summer, it was warm, I was in shorts and I had the soundtrack on my CD player while on the beach. The movie sucked, but the memories are great.
With these movies and I can see them and see myself growing up with them, even if I didn't have a choice. I can see myself from a little girl who had hope that these movies were going to be awesome and soaked up what I could, to a young girl experiancing romance for the first time, to eventually a studying film student sitting out in the sun thinking, "Well, I suppose it could have been worse. Not too shabby."
The films may have sucked, but their presence brings good memories to mind. How 'bout you?