Wednesday, May 22, 2013
New blog! The March of the Twelve Backs!
I decided to start a "Star Wars" blog, filled with memories of my childhood and what it was like to be a seven year old kid when "Star Wars" hit the big screen in 1977. I decided to do this because if I didn't separate the "Star Wars" memories from the rest of the things I wanted to talk about then the "Star Wars" memories would rapidly drown this "Angst and Speed" blog.
The years from December 1976 to December 1979 will always be golden for me ... a special time of magic and wonder. The new blog is called "The March of the Twelve Backs" and the title is taken from the name of the card stock that the original twelve Kenner Star Wars action figures (released after the movie) used back then. There were a hell of a lot of Star Wars products back then, speculation, talk ... Star Wars affected people around the world like a cultural supernova. I'm a huge fan of the original 1977 Star Wars movie ... the first release ... before George Lucas re-released it and stuck the tagline of "Episode IV: A New Hope" into the prelude scrawl across the stars.
For me, there was only one "Star Wars" and that was the original, 1977, unedited release. Everything after that pretty much blew sweaty Bantha genitalia.
There was a very palpable magic in "Star Wars" ... Lucas was hailed as a visionary but as the decades would prove he was much less a visionary as he was a revisonary ... often with terrible results. Lucas said that when he made "Star Wars" he set about to "Give a fairytale to a generation that didn't have any fairytales." Of course, my generation had fairytales. What Lucas meant was that he was going to give a fairytale to a generation that had no fairytales because they didn't believe in classic, traditional fairytales. Lucas set about to turn "Star Wars" into the biggest, whine-fest of a liberal fairytale that the world had seen. What started out as a simple tale of good versus evil with good triumphing over evil must have really messed up Lucas' mind and laid his spirit low ... all the talk of how evil Darth Vader was threw Lucas into overdrive to correct that perception.
How is "Star Wars" a liberal fairytale?
It's the story of Darth Vader, aka Anakin Skywalker, and how it just wasn't his fault that he turned out to be evil. In a liberal mindset there really isn't any such thing as good and evil, there's just different shades of gray. No one is evil, no one is responsible for what they do or did, they're all victims of bad childhoods, not getting a pony for their 8th birthday, growing up in a single parent family, playing violent video games ... to a liberal anyone who does something bad is never at fault ... instead, it's their circumstances which are to blame. Liberals are the kind of people who, when one person shoots another person then the person who used the gun and pulled the trigger isn't to blame ... no, they are just the victim of all the bad things that happened to them in life. Oh, and it's the gun's fault for shooting the other person. Liberals love to blame inanimate objects and give them animate traits and since liberals really can't punish a handgun they instead try to punish the company that made the handgun ... rather than punish the person who actually pulled the trigger and shot the other individual.
I've come to realize that most liberals are simply suffering from advanced mental retardation. You cannot be a liberal unless you are severely mentally retarded because what they use for logic makes no real sense at all and defies everything else that we know is sound and true.
Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker is a perfect example of liberal logic.
Anakin was from a single parent home and over the six different movies we come to find out that Darth Vader, once considered cinema's reigning black armor clad prince of evil, was not so much a tremendous villain as he was just a tremendous fuck up. After he is thrust into greatness at Naboo he consistently fails to live up to expectations after that. In the second and third episodes he is refused what he wants, he breaks the rules of those who have taken him in and ultimately his greed and desires destroy everything around him. He was supposed to bring balance to the Force, according to a prophecy, but instead he destroys the Jedi order ... almost. In Episode IV he is tasked with retrieving the stolen plans to the Death Star and he fails in that ... it's only when the plans come blundering back his way does he get a chance to redeem himself. Further charged with protecting the Death Star from starfighter assault, he fails in that task. In Episode V, Vader is tasked with finding the rebels and when he eventually does they escape leaving him, literally, empty handed at the end of the movie. Oh, he caused the rebels grief in Episode V but he really didn't do any permanent damage. In Episode VI, he is charged with protecting the Emperor and the new Death Star. In the end, he wusses out, attones for his sins, and, well, the rebels win (with the help of some teddy bears with sharp sticks). "Star Wars" (1977) is an amazing film. Taken as a whole, the story given to us in Episodes I to VI leaves a lot to be desired and ultimately disappoints in a huge way.
So why did Darth Vader go from being the epitome of evil to being the posterchild for liberal pantywads? We can thank Lucas for that because unsatisfied with a simple tale of good versus evil, Lucas instead had to give us five more movies to explain why Vader really wasn't evil ... he was just misunderstood ... and each of those five movies took the "Star Wars" name and franchise and ruined it more and more with each new movie until by the end of the entire six part story the original magic that was "Star Wars" was pretty much dead and buried for all time.
The original 1977 "Star Wars" movie is the best.
My new blog, "The March of the Twelve Backs" will be about the magic and awe that George Lucas brought into the world in May of 1977 ... the first and last time that he did so. The blog will be about memories of a time when magic was real and that magic was everywhere. If you were a kid way back then and you were lucky enough to see "Star Wars" in the theater back in 1977 then you know what I'm talking about and I think you'll enjoy this new blog.