I’m a Trek guy myself, but I just found out about the “Star Wars Day” thing and I think it’s a real hoot. Star Wars has always been a problem for me–from plot points and set pieces clearly calculated to sell merchandise, to the whiniest hero in the history of movies, I liked the stories well enough but it never moved me, or moved my thoughts to deeper things.
Of course, things worked out for Luke better than they did for poor old Uncle Owen, although we have to look to supplementary materials to find out why:
Despite all the silliness, I’m kind of stoked about the new Star Wars movie–Abrahms has proven he has the chops and the appropriate reverence to revive an old series that has gone all to hell, and he’s no slouch with the marketing, either. I mean, did you see the cast photo released from the first read-through this week? Iconic is an understatement in this context–that photo has the look of something downright historical.