That’s right everyone, it’s time for another episode of Know Your Nerds!
Today we’re going to talk about another unique breed of nerd. This nerd is very passionate about their chosen medium, as most are. However, unlike other nerds this particular breed of nerd has garnered more attention than most. Not only because of the classic movies, but also because of very popular MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) and other video games. Despite all this, little is known about the true Star Wars nerd, they are often times reclusive creatures prone to sudden outbursts when someone misquotes a movie, or makes and incorrect technology reference.
Today we have a very special treat, I happen to know an admitted, and very dedicated Star Wars Nerd! He is my best friend David, and he has graciously decided to humor me, and answer a few questions about one of his favorite subjects. Which considering we met in high school as he was trying to read a Star Wars book and I constantly talking to him. The fact that he is willing to talk about the subject with me again is a miracle in itself.
Without further ado, the Q&A with David, the Star Wars Nerd!
John: As a fan of Star Wars, or Star Wars nerd if you will, when did you first see them?
David: My first memory is unclear. I grew up with a copy of the original release on VHS, and a copy of Return of the Jedi on Beta max. So I first saw it before I could remember seeing the film. I am surprised the film hasn’t worn out considering how many times I have watched it.
John: Which movie did you see first?
David: A New Hope, or Star Wars as it really should be called. The film that started the saga.
John: What was going through your mind during your first time watching?
David: Well the same thing that always runs through my mind as I watch it. How awesome the story is….and how much I really would like to live in that verse….I am a Fanboy…clearly.
John: Obviously it left an impression on you, what about the movies do you like so much?
David: I would say the wonder and excitement of a galaxy full of life. The Star Wars Universe contains everything you could want from a story. It contains the Frontier (Outer Rim Territory’s), the Advanced Metropolis of advanced cultures (Most obvious example is Coruscant, but many, many other examples exist in Star Wars, Correlia, Commas, before it was destroyed) and it has all you would expect, crime syndicates, penal colonies and people just trying to live out their lives as best they can.
And of course the Jedi. Every Fanboy at one time or another has tried to use the force. The most common attempt is to move the remote from the coffee table to your hand.
John: I have to ask, original trilogy or prequels, or do you like them both and why?
David: Original Trilogy (OT) the others…those are the movies that shall not be named. The new movies are a prime example of Lucas raping the Star Wars trilogy for his own profit. They were made for an audience of children with no regard for the fans that have kept the Star Wars saga alive for 20 years since Jedi was released. And Lucas did for the new movies as he has done since, which is completely ignore the Star Wars Novels, or Expanded Universe (EU). The EU, which every novel written was approved by Lucas, continued the story where Jedi left off and have filled in much of the back story before Star Wars began and further novels since the new movies were released have filled in character stories that have taken place between those movies. You of course will find none of this in Lucas’s official Star Wars releases.
David(still): It has been taken as a slap in the face to all the fans of Star Wars…the original fans that is. And Lucas has tried to remove the Original releases of the OT. He has even said this in press releases. Lucas wants to make the DVD/Blue-ray releases the new primary versions and destroy the originals….I best stop here before I really begin to rant.
John: Favorite Movie?
David: Star Wars hands down. I can quote the entire movie verbatim. Empire is a very close second, followed by Jedi. I know that is in release order but that has no bearing on my choice.
John: Least Favorite?
David: Of the OT? I don’t have a least favorite. But the Prequels…all them; Especially the first one and second ones.
John: So who is your favorite character?
David: That is a toss up. Between Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. I’ve heard the arguments that Luke is “pansy” in the first movie. I have always found that argument to be unfounded. I think those who argue that point just don’t like the character. I would like to add one of my favorite villains, would be Grand Moff Tarkin and Admiral Piett. Don’t get me wrong Vader is still awesome but, I liked their characters arrogance, as odd as that sounds, they were the epitome of the Empires mentality The Empires belief that they were superior to all things in the galaxy. Great characters to watch. Another good character is the Stormtrooper that hits his head on the door entering the control room for bay 327 on the Death Star (Tarkin) in Star Wars. Makes me chuckle every time.
John: Least favorite character?
John: If you had to pick one scene out of all the movies that epitomizes Star Wars to you which one would it be and why?
David: There are so many I could pick for this. But I will say the scene in Return of the Jedi where Luke refuses to kill his father. Looks at his fathers what is left of Vader’s artificial hand, looks and his own and throws his lightsaber away. He tells the emperor “Never, I’ll never turn to the dark side. You’ve failed your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me. The Emperor gets a look of utter disgust on his face and says “So be it, Jedi.” After all the effort that the fans learned about in the OT. How the Emperor tried to wipe out the Jedi, all that effort to destroy the knowledge of the Jedi, to wipe out that force of good. At the time when he thought his victory would be complete. Instead a Jedi stands before him. A Jedi to uphold the light side of the force and stand for Peace and Justice. I could go on far more on this scene and others but for the sake of space I think I should end it there.