Sunday, September 20, 2015

"In this same universe, at a time which now seems far, far away..." Walmart gets Star Wars wrong

"You see, there were these knights called Jedi.  All they needed to be Jedi was to dedicate themselves to protecting the Republic and undergo serious training at the hands of Jedi Masters.  Those Jedi Masters had a habit of insisting that the potential trainee was 'too old to begin the training' no matter how old they were, but were also proven wrong on every occassion...

"This for example allowed a simple farmboy with a lust for adventure and a yearning to find purpose in his life to become a Jedi very late in life (in his early-20s) after meeting a self-exiled Jedi Master in the desert, rescuing a princess, and completing that training with the help of another self-exiled Jedi Master, finally confronting his dark side in a climax featuring a battle with his fallen father.  In the meantime two Death Stars are destroyed, friendships are forged, and the Empire is brought down by the forces of Good."

"Afterwards, there are three horrible films you need not ever watch, and are by no means recommended unless you want what I just taught you to be totally and horribly retconned.  For example, you'd learn that determination and pluck and devotion have nothing to do with becoming a Jedi after all-- it really just depends on how many 'Miticlorions" you have in your blood.  If you don't have enough, sorry- doesn't matter how pure and big your heart is, or how sincere your determination is, you are out of the club because you don't have the right blood type.   You would also learn that in the age before the original Star Wars films technology was BETTER than it would be later, people moved and acted in a bizarre wooden manner, Jedi didn't do anything more strenuous than sitting around in semicircles pondering their own awesomeness until it was way too late to do anything else, children were called 'younglings' and R2D2 could fly (never mind that that skill would have come in handy several times during the first three movies.)"

"And never forget this important lesson, my child:  R2D2 and C3P0 do not have an 'origin story,' because machines don't need origin stories, Han Solo fired first (just as you can see on my original VHS tape, don't watch the DVD version because it's non-canonical,) and there is no such thing as a Jar Jar Binks."


  1. Actually, the idea that the Force was described as equally accessible to all was never presented in the Original Trilogy. It wasn't even left to interpretation. In A New Hope, Luke is described as particularly strong in the Force, showing that there were varying degrees of Force ability. The fact that such strength is biological, or at least hereditary in nature, is shown in Return of the Jedi when Luke says that "The Force is strong in [his] family." In interviews given well before the Prequel Trilogy was being seriously formed, George Lucas gave midichlorians as one of many of his ideas on the nature of the Force.

    1. that's seriously the saddest comment I've ever published to my site. Congratulations.

    2. I agree that it would have been better if the Force was what you described. It just never has been.

      Also, I heard they finally released the original cut of the OT on DVD. Lucas didn't want to, but Disney saw a market.

    3. Obi-Wan gives a fairly detailed description of the Force to Luke in the original Star Wars, and never once mentions little creatures living in the blood as a requirement for admittance. "Runs in the family" doesn't mean "passed down through the blood." Jedi are KNIGHTS- the idea that "worthiness" could be determined through a quick blood test...please.