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Fanus rabidicus - #3 in a Star Wars series [Dec. 13th, 2015|06:28 pm]
I have been watching a weekly video show on YouTube called Jedi Council. It's definitely for serious Star Wars geeks. Every week they discuss Star Wars for at least an hour, often 90 minutes.

I love it.

Anyway, a couple weeks ago they reported that J.J. Abrams had confirmed that the movie was officially finished, officially "in the can." And my reaction at the news reminded me of another reaction I had. A long time ago, in a state far, far away....

Back in the days of VHS tapes (I told you it was a long time ago), the Holy Trilogy was released for the first time in letterbox format. After watching bad aspect ratio for years, we were all excited to see the rest of the movie. And a few days before the release I realized that I should probably actually preorder it as the demand was exceeding supply.

I stopped by SunCoast Video and asked to reserve a copy. The nice young clerk took my money. As we were finishing the transaction, I chuckled and said, "This being Alaska, it'll probably won't be here on the release date anyway."

"Oh no," he said, cheerful. "We already have them all in the back."

And the look I saw next on his face told me what the look was on my face. His eyes went wide, and he actually took a step back into a defensive position.

Yes, I looked like I was about to leap over the counter and assault him to get the movie. I was a little embarrassed and tried to reassure him, but he was nervous until I left the store.

And that's how I felt when they announced it was in the can. Like I should jump into my car, run to the nearest theater, and hold them hostage until they showed me the movie. Oh, I recovered. but the fan rabidity was there.

It was definitely there.

[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2015-12-13 11:36 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2015-12-14 03:43 am (UTC)
ok. i'll tell my star wars story:

mark hamill was a navy brat. his dad was stationed in yokosuka, japan for part of his high school days. the year that star wars came out, we were in our second year in japan, and they dug out his high school photos to put in the year book...and he came on a publicity tour.

my yearbook came THE DAY AFTER he was there (he was signing his photo in the yearbook).

so here we were, all piling into the teen club where the actor was going to speak to us...and the chairs were filled. my brother and i (among others) got to sit on the floor at the very front. i remember that mark hamill did NOT wear underwear under the shorts he was wearing that day. *G*

star wars did not appear in the base theater for another year. we got to see corvette summer before star wars. we DID go see star wars off base, with the japanese subtitling running down the side of the film.

it's a good memory. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-12-14 03:06 pm (UTC)
[Eyes widen at the imagery you've presented of Hamill sans underwear]

[Heartbeat speeds more than a little]

Oh, my....
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2015-12-14 05:48 pm (UTC)
I was 14, "oh my" was definitely what I was thinking, too!! *giggling*
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[User Picture]From: dr_phil_physics
2015-12-14 05:59 pm (UTC)
Of course these days, in the can means the hard drives are loaded, ready to be shipped overnight to the theatres...

Dr. Phil
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From: anonymousalex
2015-12-14 07:14 pm (UTC)
Your enthusiasm is quite contagious.

I'm a fan from way back, too. But the prequel trilogy . . . it hurt me, a lot. George Lucas is the only person who could have blunted my enthusiasm for Star Wars, and he did it, over and over until I couldn't take it again.

Don't get me wrong, I want to like the new movies. I want that very, very much. But the trust is just gone, and with it the excitement. My plan is to wait for the inevitable reaction-backlash-response cycle to die down to something of a consensus before even considering seeing this film.

But you, you've sparked a little ember of the kid who lost track of how many times he walked to the theater to see that movie again. I hope our hopes are well-placed.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-12-15 03:53 am (UTC)
I have faith that we will at least have a lot of fun.
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From: anonymousalex
2015-12-15 05:48 am (UTC)
Wow, that raises so many thoughts and questions. Because fun is exactly what I wasn't having, but is that because the movies were that much worse or because I'm that much older? I think it's (mainly) the former, because I still have fun watching the old movies, but is that just force of habit and I wouldn't but for the childhood experience permanently welded to the film?

Am I the measure of the movie, or is the movie the measure of me?

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