The Last of the Lost Missions


Hubby and I just (as in, in the last 20 minutes) finished watching the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Netflix.
***SPOILERS AHEAD (but you probably assumed that already)***

Yes, I know the final season came out *gasp* more than a week ago, but we were pacing ourselves by watching one story arc at a time, in between finishing season 6 of Deep Space Nine, which I had somehow never seen (that’s another story). Anywho, tonight was the night for the final four episodes of Clone Wars. I. Have. No. Words. (But I’ll try to come up with some anyway).

As I posted on Twitter, “The Sith’s about to hit the fan!” The entire season was wonderful, but Yoda’s arc truly was a gem to finish out the series. I had goosebumps the entire time, and got a positive shiver down my back when Qui-Gon first spoke. The lightsaber fight scenes were incredible. There is another Skywalker. *Squee* Did anyone else want the Priestess to give Yoda a Heart Container after he defeated Dark Yoda/Yoda-Gollum? It was very Legend of Zelda-meets-Lord of the Rings!

And I swear, R2 is the best secret-keeper in the galaxy! He’s been everywhere (Even to the Sith homeworld! And to Dagobah! Dagobah, I say!), seen everything, and never tells a soul! Lily and James Potter should’ve hired him as their Secret Keeper, then Harry Potter would have turned out much differently! Finally, I’m so glad I always look at the voice talent during the credits; I want to go back and watch Darth Bane all over again just to see if I can pick out that it really is Mark Hamill (who is an amazing voice talent in his own right).

While the Clovis arc wasn’t the strongest (mostly because I had to Google who Clovis was because it had been so long since I’d seen his episodes), I really liked seeing the dark jealous side of Anakin come to fruition as it has been emerging for the last season or two (the music definitely didn’t hurt too). This show really helped bridge the gap between Episodes II and III with Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side. The only thing I wish was hinted at was the *ahem* first inklings of Luke and Leia, since Padme’s already pregnant by the time Episode III starts.

So now I’m sitting here decompressing and processing the end of the series. I don’t think I’ve had this visceral of a reaction since the last episodes of Battlestar Galactica and Babylon 5, and those were more of the bawling sort. This was dry-eyed and contemplative. Unlike in BSG and B5, we, as viewers, know what’s going to happen to the majority of these characters in their futures (Ahsoka! Captain Rex! Where are you?), which makes the ending of Clone Wars more interesting. I have a sudden urge to both reread the Dawn of the Jedi comic series and watch Episode III at the same time. Then I will start Clone Wars all over again.

May the Force be with us all.


Revenge of the Fifth

Happy (day after) Star Wars Day and Free Comic Book Day! Isn’t it wonderful when these events coincide? It was a gorgeous sunny day in Seattle (as it is today as well). I spent a lot of it in the car, where I tend to listen to audiobooks or the audio from movies. Yesterday, I of course listened to the film Star Wars. Here was my day: I woke up at 6:30 to take Hubby to work so I could have the car to go to Free Comic Book Day at the local Comic Stop, which is near Hubby’s work. I came home, toodled around, and went back up to meet him at the Comic Stop, as he took his lunch break at 11:30, where we browsed around and received lots of free goodies. Came back home and felt guilty for playing some Lego Star Wars while it was so gorgeous outside. Finally, it was back in the car to pick up Hubby from work at 4. All in all, I listened to (and quoted along with) A New Hope in its entirety during my travels. At least we enjoyed the sun while standing in line outside Comic Stop!

Free Comic Book Day…now with Free Lollipops!

Many websites have been posting their favorite Star Wars quotes. After a super-informal discussion, Hubby and I came up with our own list of top five Star Wars quotes (from any movie).
5) “Sister…so, you have a twin sister” Darth Vader
4) “But I was going to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!” Luke Skywalker
3) “The Force will be with you, always” Obi-Wan Kenobi
2) “My hands are dirty too, what are you afraid of” Han Solo
1) “There is another Sky…walk…er…” Yoda

5) “You were the Chosen One! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!” Obi-Wan Kenobi
4) “No, I am your father” Darth Vader
3) “Yoda. You seek Yoda” Yoda
2) Any R2-D2 bleep, bloop or whistle
1) “We got separated!” Luke Skywalker

My choice #5 goes back to my master’s thesis, where I guest curated a portion of the Icons of Science Fiction exhibit at Seattle’s EMP Museum. I talked about science fiction characters with a prophesied destiny, and titled the section “What if I were the Chosen One?” So, Obi-Wan’s quote worked perfectly, and has stuck with me.

#4 I feel is a given. It was the twist that carved the Star Wars saga into the hearts of nerds for all eternity. Nuff said.

Oh Yoda. Awesome, Yoda is. Whenever I think of quote #3, I want to say “Yoda. You speak Yoda” because I inevitably end up talking like Yoda after watching Star Wars. I mean, who doesn’t?

R2-D2 is my favorite character. He’s so cute and noble and funny, with a hint of sass. That’s saying a lot for a robot who only speaks in bloops and whistles. I need to work on my whistling skills to keep up with him!

Finally, quote #1. I just love this quote. Whenever I hear it, I imagine the subtext. Of course Luke and Leia got separated…at birth!

Hubby and I did agree on an honorable mention quote:
“I love you.” “I know.”
During the course of the day, we managed to have this conversation on Facebook:

In other news, Hubby and I finally finished the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. Wow! What an amazing finale (no spoilers, I promise). I don’t know how kids can watch this show–it’s so sad and violent at times! I admit to crying when characters die throughout the series. I loved how they wrapped up the Ahsoka arc. It would be wonderful if JJ Abrams could find a way to bring her back for Star Wars VII.