Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Star Wars Moments

So, medical I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with the nerd news lately, but it was just recently announced that J.J. Abrams will be directing the 7th installment of the ever-growing Star Wars franchise.
And while I’m still unsure about how I feel about a 7th installment, I feel slightly better now that I know a reputable and mostly trusting director is at the helm. I’m more concerned on who is going to write the thing, because the story is what worries me the most. The cinematography of the prequel movies was great (although at some points, they should have eased up on the green screen…) but the stories are what made them so bad. So I hope that whomever they get to write the screenplay will impress me as much as J.J. Abrams as director.
Moving on though, because they just recently announced that there was a director, I thought a good Tuesday Top Ten would be remembering some of my favorite Star Wars moments. Enjoy!
Top Ten Star Wars Moments
10. “I have a bad feeling about this” 
One of the best moments from any Star Wars film is when a character says that line “I have a bad feeling about this”. Its an iconic quote from the movies, one that I’ve always loved and always get a kick out of hearing. I love hearing Indiana Jones say it on the ride in Disneyland and I loved when Rex on the old Star Tours ride said it and C3PO says it in the current version. Its been in several TV shows and video games. Every once in awhile it sneaks up on your, in other movies, paying homage to one of the most popular franchises of all time. Its a comfort thing, a line that always appears and is one line you’ll never forget.
 
9. The opening scene of a New Hope
 
Now, I wasn’t even alive when the first Star Wars hit the movie theaters so I can only imagine what this scene was like for people seeing it back then. But I can remember as a kid, watching this movie for the first time and being pretty impressed by the opening scene. There is something seriously badass about watching the Star Destroyer loom over you as it passes across the screen. Its HUGE and IMPRESSIVE and it gives you the chills. I can’t wait until A New Hope hits the theaters again because I need to experience this scene on the big screen.
8. “Impressive. Most impressive.” 
Okay, for those of you who may not know what I’m talking about, this is the part where Darth Vader and Luke are battling it out in Empire Strikes Back. Luke jumps out of the machine that’ll turn him to carbonite and avoids being captured. Darth Vader says “Impressive.” The part that I love about this, and its mostly because of my boyfriend, but after that, Luke shimmies up, maybe a foot and Vader goes “Most impressive.” I don’t know if Darth is talking about jumping or what, but the way it is portrayed is that Vader is mildly impressed with Luke jumping a good 10 feet, and VERY impressed by his ability to shimmy a foot or two. Its not even a part that would normally get much attention but every time I watch it, my boyfriend cracks up, so I look forward to this part.
 
7. Darth Vader defeating Emperor Palpatine 
While I think its a *little* bit cheesy that this scary, intimidating villain turns out to be a softie in disguise, I do like that he is the one who defeats the Emperor and ends the power of the Sith (I mean, until you read books and you realize that this is NEVER going to happen…). To be quite honest, Vader is the one who kind of started the madness in the first place so it seemed only fitting that he would be the one to end it. And it WAS kind of cool to watch Vader, Anakin Skywalker, defend his son. Even though I had spent the entire trilogy wanting Luke to beat the Emperor, it worked that Vader did it, out of love for Luke’s mother. And hey, the Emperor was defeated! Yay! That’s a HUGE moment on its own!
 
6. “Aren’t you a little short to be a storm trooper” 
 
Oh, Princess Leia, your sarcasm is just way too much to handle sometimes. She is captured, by the EVIL Darth Vader and has totally watched them BLOW up her entire home planet. It would be more than normal if she was falling apart, or even showing the tiniest bit of stress. Anybody would. But she’s not just anybody, she’s Princess Leia. Obviously a Stormtrooper coming into her cell is NOT a good thing and yet she immediately has a sarcastic remark ready for him. Its hilarious and it sums up Princess Leia pretty damn well.
5. Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader light saber fight  
 
All the non-believers hate this first lightsaber fight because they’ve seen the super special effects fight that have taken place in the prequel movies. And those are great and all but there is nothing like the first fight that takes place in the Star Wars movies. No one had seen a weapon like lightsabers before; it was like a classic sword fight but, like, 1000 times better. It’s also kind of scary too right…I mean, you could seriously chop off your fingers accidentally and that would be a HUGE problem. Think about it, Alec Guinness was not exactly a young man when he filmed Star Wars and he makes that fight look so super badass. I love it.
4. “Don’t get cocky kid” 
I want to marry Harrison Ford…preferably the way he looks as Han Solo…or Indiana Jones. But mostly as Han Solo. I think that was one of the first times as a kid that I was like WHOA, that guy is hot…or as much as you could think someone is hot when you’re five. I just love this particular part in the movie because it just makes me laugh. You meet Luke Skywalker before Han Solo and you love him totally right off the bat, the innocent, full of heart farm boy. And he’s in his first “battle” and he’s like a little kid that’s accomplished something “I got him!” and seasoned adult, Han Solo, just kind of rolled his eyes and says “Don’t get cocky, kid” and its just hilarious.
 
3. Luke, I am your Father
Come on, how could this NOT be in the top ten of bet Star Wars moments ever! It was a lot different for me, when I first watched it because I already knew that Darth Vader was Luke’s father. But I can only imagine what kind of crazy, insane revelation this was in 1980. Star Wars had grown into a MEGA phenomenon and everyone had been DYING for this movie (it had been three years) and a bomp dropper like this is amazing. And Luke’s reaction is awesome. I think the best part about this too is how little people knew about this too. I mean, not even Mark Hamill knew this news, not even David Prowse (who actually played Darth), knew this. It was all filmed with a different script, a different secret revealed. Fantastic.
 
2. Luke blowing up the Death Star 
 
Little farm boy Luke Skywalker, who literally found out that he’s of Jedi blood and about the rebellion and all that, climbs into an X-Wing fighter and takes down the DEATH STAR! The most badass space station capable of destroying an entire planet, and little Luke takes it down, and without using his scope! He just FEELS the force and blows that ship UP. It is one of the most epic moments in Star Wars history. True, they start rebuilding the Death Star and Lando and Wedge have to go blow it up again in Return of the Jedi but the epicness of Luke destroying the Death Star in a New Hope is just unparalleled. It shows Luke’s capabilities and his right to be a Jedi Knight. Its a pivotal moment for him, a moment where he changes from farm boy to warrior.
1. Han Solo and Princess Leia-I Love You
 I know. So cheesy. Incredibly cheesy. Well, I am a girl and I am a nerd so it only makes sense that this moment would be the best moment for me. I mean, come on, Princess Leia and Han Solo are one of the most badass fictional couples ever. (I made a list once, check it out here). So when Leia finally blurts out “I love you”, I was cheering…and Han Solo, like the sexy badass that he is, just says “I know”. I KNOW. So awesome. So fantastically awesome. Han Solo can’t say “I love you too”, he’s too badass for that, so he says “I know” and its sexy and romantic and fitting and awesome. I dreamed for YEARS about saying I love you to a guy and having him say I know like that. (Side note: my boyfriend totally did this. He’s a keeper). Totally the best moment of the entire Star Wars saga.
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What about you guys huh? What are some of your favorite Star Wars moments? How do you feel about J.J. Abrams directing Episode 7? As always, let me know in the comments!

Disney and Lucasfilms: Good or Bad?

Now if you paid even the slightest bit of attention to your Facebook feed or your Twitter feed yesterday, online you probably would’ve noticed a little bit of news in the nerd and film world.

Disney, stuff probably one of the biggest companies in the world, order has made the move to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a transaction estimated at over 4 billion dollars.

George Lucas is ready to hand the reins over, saying that he knows he won’t be around forever and that he has built this up to where he wants it and now its time to put it in the hands of someone he trusts, namely Kathleen Kennedy, formerly the co-chairman of Lucasfilms and soon to be President of Lucasfilm, working under the Disney company.

This means that Disney will have control over anything to do with Star Wars, past or present.

I love Star Wars.

I wanted to be Princess Leia when I was growing up. I still kind of do.

I have the Rebel Alliance symbol tattooed on the back of my neck.

This is crazy, huge news for me.

The cherry on top of the cake of crazy news is that there is to be an episode 7, slated for release in the year 2015.

OHMYROWLING.

I seriously don’t know whether to be excited or upset about this.
So let’s talk about this for a moment.

The Good:

The good is this: Disney has already made some integrations with the Star Wars franchise (and the Indiana Jones franchise) to begin with. They have the uberly popular rides at Disneyland with Star Tours and the Indiana Jones ride. They have integrated them into their other parks around the world. They sell really cool Star Wars merchandise and I get a kick out of the crossover Disney-Star Wars merch. Come on, Minnie Mouse as Princess Leia? Pretty cool.

Disney acquired Pixar many years ago and look, that place is rocking it. The only movie I’ll leave out is Cars 2 (ugh) but they have given me some of my absolute favorite movies like Up and Wall.E and all three Toy Story films. Obviously a Disney buy-out didn’t ruin this company, though I don’t know how that could be possible whenever John Lasseter is involved.

Disney also acquired Marvel a few years back. I was prettttty wary about that one too. I just wasn’t sure how two iconic franchises/companies could suddenly come together. Obviously this hasn’t hurt Marvel at all, at least in my opinion. Since then, they’ve released Ironman 2, Captain America, Thor and the extremely awesome and popular Avengers movie. There is an Ironman 3 coming out soon, and sequels for Captain America and Thor in the works and the talk of a sequel for the Avengers. I have enjoyed all of these movies and they’ve all done extremely well.

Let’s face it, George has lost his touch a bit. The original trilogy is amazing, the first movie is my favorite movie of all time (No, my favorite movie of all time is not Harry Potter. My favorite books of all time are Harry Potter). They are fantastic and a true epic. He nailed it so well. He has the unlikely hero and the old wise man and the princess and the scoundrel and the evil figure and the battle versus good and evil. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher rock those movies. But come on, those prequels were just…horrible. Little Anakin annoys the heck out of me. Jar Jar Binks annoys the hell out of me. Come to think of it, Adult Anakin annoys me too. I never thought Star Wars could be butchered so badly but there you go.

So many somebody does need to take the reins from George Lucas. Maybe he needs to go home and bathe in his money and leave Star Wars (oh god, and Indiana Jones, lets not even get into that horrible Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie) alone. Just leave it alone, George. Maybe in the hands of Disney and Kathleen Kennedy, we can have a revamp of the Star Wars franchise that is actually GOOD. Don’t misunderstand me, I said revamp, not reboot. If they ever reboot the original trilogy, there will be some hell to pay and definitely some suicides in the nerd world. But maybe this episode 7 won’t be so bad with George out of the captain’s seat. They’d have to cast all new actors; let’s face it, Carrie, Harrison and Mark are way too old to play their characters ever again.

The Bad:

I tend to like things to end as they should end. I like the original trilogy. They introduce a story, there’s conflict, there’s a resolution, there’s an ending. Now, don’t get me wrong. I do like the idea of Han and Leia marrying and have little twin Jedis, and Leia being trained as a Jedi. Don’t get me wrong. That’s awesome. If they would’ve thought of doing that when the actors were still young enough to play the characters, sure, maybe. But when a story is great, leave it alone please.

I don’t want any Harry Potter sequels. Those seven books are amazing and perfect the way they are. Leave them alone.

I hated that the Mortal Instruments went past City of Glass, especially since I loathed City of Fallen Angels. If it weren’t for the fact that City of Lost Souls was pretty decent, I would’ve never felt excitement for the last and sixth book. But the first three were perfect.

So I don’t like the idea of an episode 7. Maybe it’ll be good. Maybe. But it worries me. I just feel like, what if I get my Star Wars nerdy fangirlness alllll excited and I count down the days til the release and wait in line for the midnight premiere and what if it sucks? What if after all the waiting it disappoints me like the prequels did? I just don’t know if I can handle that!

What if they reboot the original Star Wars? I mean, I don’t think they’d do it any time soon but what if they did? OH HEAVENS NO! That would be the biggest sort of blasphemy possible. I mean, its bad enough that George went back and changed stuff and its so hard to find the original versions anymore. But it could happen, couldn’t it?

I also don’t want to see Star Wars get Disney-ized, with the twinkles and the sparkles. I love Disney, don’t get me wrong. I practically live at Disneyland. However, Disney stays Disney. One of the reasons  that the first two Harry Potter movies aren’t my favorites are because of how sparkly and twinkly and Disney they feel. Ugh. Star Wars is Star Wars and kids love Star Wars the way it is so just leave it alone.

I’m nervous about Indiana Jones. So far in all the things I’ve read, no one has mentioned Indiana Jones. I don’t know what the deal with that is, maybe because Steven Spielberg is involved and whatnot and its in a deal with Paramount Studios. It most likely doesn’t factor into this deal at all, actually, I’m sure it doesn’t so we’ll see.

Right now, I’m super mixed feelings about all of this. I feel like it has the chances to be both good or bad. Sometimes things need to be left alone; they were great and they can stay great. Sometimes you can take something great and make even better. I guess the only thing that we can do now is wait to see what happens.

What do you think of this guys? Do you like that George is handing the reins over? Do you like/dislike the idea of an Episode 7? As always, let me know in the comments.

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