Fri Aug 15 08:46:38 PDT 2008
MORE Star Wars Movies?
Where on Earth can the series go from here?
My son did very well in school this year.... straight A's and perfect attendance.
We tend to reward this good behavior with a desired toy, or similar family-oriented activities.
Our school system has also decided to reward such good behavior with a 5 dollar gift card to the local theater.
These days, that will just about pay for one admission and some snack from the bar, if you choose the movie show time carefully.
This year, my son used his pass to go see a popular "Get Smart" movie and also saw a preview for an animated Star Wars film soon to be released.
That started the wheels turning, and before long, he was hauling out all the copies of the first six Star Wars movies to watch.
I know what you are thinking. "Uh, how can anyone want to see so much of Mr. Spock and Capt. Kirk?"
Well, you're wrong! This is the tale of Anicakan Skywalker and his son, Luke Skywalker, with Darth Vader, light sabers and the Force.
Each day this week, my son got himself up, and loaded one of the movies (in order), and settled down to watch.
As the rest of the family gets up, we moved to the living room and joined in watching the epic.
It is an amazing series. The morals, the parallels, and the message are very positive and family friendly.
Then, last night, the History Channel repeated a two hour documentary on the Myths behind Star Wars. This outstanding clip show not only showed the key scenes, but also drew terrific parallels between archetypes and heroes in Greek mythology. By the end of the show, you had a whole new appreciation for what George Lucas created and what Star Wars means.
The thing that surprises me is that there are yet additional stories to be told with the myriad of characters. The next animated film will be a combination of the short 5 minute cartoons that were produced a few years ago concerning the Clone Wars. It should be out in mid-August, and we can't wait to hear the voices of our old friends.
So, For a throw-away movie that debuted in 1977 and wow-ed the college kids, this Star Wars tale really has legs.
Even if you don't go see the new movie, you should make an effort to watch the History Channel documentary, "Star Wars: From Myth to Legend". It's time well spent!
PS: Did you hear about the new STAR TREK movie due out in 2010? It focuses on Capt Kirk and Spock in the Star Fleet academy.