So much has happened.
I deliberately took the weekend off from blogging and from e-mail, too. I needed to focus myself again. Besides, the weather was gorgeous, and I always feel guilty inside at a computer when itï¿½s sunny outside. (Soon, soon I will find a battery for my laptop, and I will be free, as free as a bird to walk across the street to the park and sit out there to write!)
Yesterday I finally saw Episode Two. After a stream of previews, the Fox fanfare began without a ï¿½Main Featureï¿½ graphic, and the hair on my arms started to prickle. The Lucasfilm graphic rippled across the screen, and we got those famous blue words in a silent darkness, and I squirmed back into my seat, bracing myself.
That first crashing chord and those big yellow words catch you off guard even when you know theyï¿½re coming. Next to me, Rob jumped, then began to laugh, his way to release tension. I, on the other hand, cried. Itï¿½s stupid, I know, but I always get tears rolling down my cheeks as I grin like an idiot when I experience it in a theatre. Itï¿½s so huge, so moving.
Anyway, what a film! This should have been Episode One. Toss in a bit more exposition about how they found Anakin and left his mother behind, a bit about how the Gungans are the other indigenous dominant species of Naboo, and there you have it. Surely that stilted kind of exposition wouldnï¿½t be noticeable among the rest of the stilted dialogue happening. Egad, but it was horrid! The comic one-liners were welcome ï¿½ as MLG said, itï¿½s almost as if Lucas remembered that humour was successful in the first trilogy ï¿½ but overall, the dialogue was horrid. (Apparently Harrison Ford turned to Lucas in frustration somewhere in the first trilogy and said, ï¿½You know, George, you can write this shit, but you canï¿½t say it.ï¿½) Every time Padme cut Anakin off, I expected him to say, ï¿½Yes, your Senator-ness.ï¿½ It didnï¿½t happen, but there were plenty of other decent one-liners. Just no sustained dialogue of any quality whatsoever.
I enjoyed seeing more of the Jedi collegium, and more of the Order as well. The scenes of the film were almost dizzyingly short at times, which was odd. However, the new ships were glorious, the costumes were brilliant, and not only did I get one decent lightsaber battle, I got a whole arena full of Jedi. Talk about wish fulfillment!
If I had been Padme, though, at the first moment of Anakin staring at her, saying, ï¿½Iï¿½ve thought about you day and night since we met ten years ago,ï¿½ I would have stepped back and said, ï¿½You know, Ani, you may have been assigned to me as my Jedi protector, but you can just wait out here, and my personal guard will accompany me everywhere, because youï¿½re unhinged and creepy and probably not all there.ï¿½
Had I also been a member of the Jedi Order, I would have called him into the office and said, ï¿½Hey, Ani, youï¿½re talented in the Force sensitivity department, and youï¿½re a terrific pilot and good with machines. There are plenty of rewarding careers out there in the galaxy. I just donï¿½t think the Jedi Order is cut out for you.ï¿½
My personal theory is that the Order is becoming as complacent as the Senate, which is why both of them end up destroyed, and why the Order doesnï¿½t figure out the danger from Anakin even while they listen to his complaints and witness his willful ways.
All in all, a terrifically enjoyable film, and so far, my second favourite Star Wars film, right after Empire.
Saturday night was Ceri & Scottï¿½s Superhero Party! After a day of frustration and tragedy involving my sweet little sewing machine, which I will not get into because Iï¿½ll probably just get mad again, I almost didnï¿½t go because my costume wasnï¿½t finished. However, I rallied at the eleventh hour, finished the essential bits by hand, and went anyway. Iï¿½m glad I did, because I had a terrific time, and also won best costume, which wasn’t my intention but a nice surprise! I take costume creation very seriously; itï¿½s a bit of a flaw, actually, because Iï¿½m a perfectionist and if itï¿½s just tossed together or doesnï¿½t look right Iï¿½d be embarrassed to be seen in it. This costume, on the other hand, while it didnï¿½t have all the details Iï¿½d wanted to add, was spectacular. Go here to check out Alex Rossï¿½ version of me. Well, of Promethea, actually, but on Saturday night I was Promethea, according to what people were telling me. (There were comics scattered everywhere, and the new Promethea trade was among them, so everyone had a turn checking the visual reference.) Eventually I will have a picture of my own to put up so you can all be impressed.
Friday night we played Star Wars, where we got out of the embarrassing situation weï¿½d been in and managed to deny the bad guy the artifact heï¿½d been looking for, but not before a malevolent presence used it ï¿½ and him ï¿½ for its own ends. Uh-oh. In the next session a new storyline will begin as our mission parameters change (our cover as independent mercenaries was blown when we came down pretty hard against the local warlord in a botched sting ï¿½ oops), so weï¿½re all looking forward to whatï¿½s going to happen next. We usually game on weekend afternoons, but Friday nights appear to work quite well, so maybe we’ll game a little more regularly now. A little more Star Wars is always a pleasure to work into the schedule!
What else? Oh yes, I have a new bicycle! We need to remove the rust on the fenders and the chain, readjust the brakes, and replace the front wheel (which is a bit bent, alas), but for 25$, it was a bargain! Itï¿½s one of those lovely five-speed touring bikes which look like theyï¿½re right out of the 1920s, and itï¿½s foxy-red, too, on top of it all. I love it. And with some time off coming up this summer, Iï¿½m looking forward to bicycling around the neighbourhood, maybe going down to the Lachine canal which is being re-opened to pleasure craft this summer. I could take my laptop, work on some stories. Or maybe just enjoy the sun. (Assuming we get sun.)
It was a busy weekend indeed. Iï¿½m a lot more relaxed now that I know Iï¿½ve got time off this summer. I just hope I donï¿½t cram it with things I think I should do. I intend to focus on writing. I donï¿½t know whether Iï¿½ll rewrite my novel, or expand some short stories, or work on the introductory Wicca text I have a pile of notes for, but write I shall!