May the Fourth be with you
How do I love thee, Star Wars? Let me count the ways ….
- Yoda’s syntax.
- Han Solo (always).
- Chewy can put androids back together again with furry paws.
- Leia takes no crap from anyone, least of all Calrissian.
- 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.
- Rogue One doesn’t have a happy ending: it has to be that way (narrative consistency).
- It’s very easy to forget the awfulness of Attack of the Clones.
- The multi-Jedi fight scene in Revenge of the Sith.
- Saruman is a Sith Lord: it makes sense.
- Peter Cushing’s cheekbones.
- Kylo Ren’s petulant tantrums.
- The epic scale and grandeur of the starship graveyard scenes in The Force Awakens.
- Bond is a Storm Trooper: that also makes sense.
- The elegant impracticality of long flowing white crepe robes in greasy, dirty, snag-cornered metal spaceships.
- The sheer joy of Admiral Ackbar’s enthusiasm. I also want his floating chair.
- I was in love with Denis Lawson for years. Wedge!
- Alec Guinness Shakespeares everyone in A New Hope off the screen.
- The names: they’re all lovably bonkers, and make no sense linguistically.
- Every single speeder and spaceship chase.
- Favourite Jedi: old Obi-Wan (I cannot take Ewan and his plait seriously).
- Favourite evil villain destined for death: Jabba the Hutt.
- Favourite planetary setting: Hoth, because the characters have to work with the environment, they can’t ignore it.
- Favourite return: Mon Mothma (different actresses, but I never noticed).
- Favourite new face: Diego Luna (but see 6, alas).
- 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 katemacdonald.net, and in Foundation, the magazine of the British Scence Fiction Association.