A long time ago in a galaxy pretty close by…
A small child, The Peeshwank, fell in love with the Star Wars universe. He started out with Episode IV (because I’m good at parenting like that) and made his way through the original trilogy. When he was 4, Episode III came out and I agreed to allow him to come to the midnight premiere with me. (He always did really well at the theater, so I knew he’d either fall asleep, or sit quietly in awe of the movie. He’s been a film junkie from a very young age.)
When I was ready to head out to the theater, I called for him to hurry up so we wouldn’t be late. He came out of his room in his Darth Vader costume. Of course. At the showing there were lots of Star Wars geeks in costume, but the best were the Stormtroopers who actually stopped what they were doing and stood at full attention as Darth P-Dog sauntered by them. He’s 12 now and still remembers this fondly.
Not long ago one of the geeky channels that our tv is typically tuned to was airing a Star Wars marathon. He hadn’t watched the new trilogy in awhile, so he sat down with his giant box of goldfish, prepared to be entertained for the day.
All was well until this happened…
That’s when the proverbial shit hit the fan.
“This kid is like the worst actor ever.”
“You know, George Lucas keeps remaking these, maybe he just needs to start over. I could be a better Anakin than this guy.”
“I can’t watch this anymore. Let me know when the other ones come on. P-dog, out.”
There were lots of other… er… comments that were yelled at the screen in answer to pretty much anything poor little Ani said. Maybe I’ll have to video him watching it sometime. If I can convince him to watch it again. But I almost doubt it after this conversation:
Me: “You know, you loved Episode I as a kid.”
P: “Well, I was a kid. I had crappy taste. Meesa thinks this is terrible now.”
Me: “You’re talking like Jar-Jar.”
P: “Oh, don’t even get me started on that idiot.”
I guess that settles that.
I do have to agree with him that he’d made a pretty excellent Anakin should George decide to remake it…
Sleepy little Anakin…