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May the Fourth be with you


How do I love thee, Star Wars? Let me count the ways ….

  1. Yoda’s syntax.
  2. Han Solo (always).
  3. Chewy can put androids back together again with furry paws.
  4. Leia takes no crap from anyone, least of all Calrissian.
  5. They replaced the face of the original dead Anakin in Return of the Jedi with the teen heartthrob one. I do like narrative consistency, even if he looked like a puppy.
  6. Rogue One doesn’t have a happy ending: it has to be that way (narrative consistency).
  7. It’s very easy to forget the awfulness of Attack of the Clones.
  8. The multi-Jedi fight scene in Revenge of the Sith.
  9. Saruman is a Sith Lord: it makes sense.
  10. Peter Cushing’s cheekbones.
  11. Kylo Ren’s petulant tantrums.
  12. The epic scale and grandeur of the starship graveyard scenes in The Force Awakens.
  13. Bond is a Storm Trooper: that also makes sense.
  14. The elegant impracticality of long flowing white crepe robes in greasy, dirty, snag-cornered metal spaceships.
  15. The sheer joy of Admiral Ackbar’s enthusiasm. I also want his floating chair.
  16. I was in love with Denis Lawson for years. Wedge!
  17. Alec Guinness Shakespeares everyone in A New Hope off the screen.
  18. The names: they’re all lovably bonkers, and make no sense linguistically.
  19. Every single speeder and spaceship chase.
  20. Favourite Jedi: old Obi-Wan (I cannot take Ewan and his plait seriously).
  21. Favourite evil villain destined for death: Jabba the Hutt.
  22. Favourite planetary setting: Hoth, because the characters have to work with the environment, they can’t ignore it.
  23. Favourite return: Mon Mothma (different actresses, but I never noticed).
  24. Favourite new face: Diego Luna (but see 6, alas).
  25. Most missed: Carrie Fisher.

Kate saw The Empire Strikes Back three times a day for most of the summer of 1983, as a cinema usherette, and loved every one of its continuity bloopers. She does more sf reviewing on, and in Foundation, the magazine of the British Scence Fiction Association.





About Kate

Writer, reviewer, literary historian and publisher at Also a Bath Quaker.

6 comments on “May the Fourth be with you

  1. Pingback: Now Posting on Vulpes Libris: May the Fourth be with you – Kate Macdonald

  2. Noel Bushnell
    May 4, 2017

    What a most surprising middlebrow academic you are. May the fourth be with you always!

  3. Jackie
    May 4, 2017

    What? No mention of R2D2? (He’s my favorite.)

  4. noelleg44
    May 4, 2017

    Most loathed character: Jar Jar Binks!

  5. Kate
    May 5, 2017

    Jacks: Honestly, I prefer Threepio.

    Noelle: I have expunged every memory of that abomination, too far away now even to be loathed.

  6. rmstapley
    May 6, 2017

    Peter Cushing’s cheekbones – YES!

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