Happy Star Wars Day! Today's that special day that everyone shares their favorite moments from the franchise (when are they not sharing those moments?) so here's mine. MPB's work takes him to comic cons regularly and sometimes, I tag along -- it's like a big nerd prom! -- hence, my photo op with those storm troopers and then some.
The way to (re)watch any Star Wars movie is to see it through the eyes of a real super geek as both of you stare transfixed at that Robot Chicken tv screen. Here's where it all started: "Go for papa Palpateen!"
I'm telling you, nothing's better than watching this stuff with someone who can explain all the minutae.
Before Robot Chicken came along, I seriously couldn't stand Jar Jar Binks. He's so many racist characters and stereotypes rolled into one. On the one hand, he's the Stepin Fetchit of the galaxy -- bumbling, clumsy, stupid, inarticulate. On the other hand, I can tell that from his propensity to scream at the very idea of trouble, he's also got quite a bit of Butterfly McQueen in him, too. And what's up with the effeminate sway of the hips, the Jamaican patois, the dreadlock hair/ear/whatever? I mean, seriously. What in the world was George Lucas thinking? Couldn't he have found a well-educated, intelligent, thinking black person to set him straight? God knows he's been dating one for years.
Well. Thanks to Robot Chicken, I can laugh at Jar Jar Binks now with (relative) abandon -- even if watching too much of him makes me feel like I just got slimed.
Here's a Geico commercial!
And here he is with Darth Vader...
...and here's a fan that really stuck their foot in that sparkly moment.