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Thursday, March 03, 2005

We've had some extra time at home recently because of Chris's recovery. At his request, we've been watching the Star Wars series in order. So far we've seen #1 ("The Phantom Menace"), #2 ("Attack of the Clones"), #4 (the first one from 1977 - "A New Hope"), and #5 ("The Empire Strikes Back"). Years ago I saw #4-6. And more recently we saw #1-2 when they came out. But I've never been much of a Star Wars aficionado . . . until now. I'm into it at the moment because my 6th grade son is into it! So today I continue with a few questions: You get to pick one warrior to go into battle with you. Do you pick Legolas or Aragorn . . . or Yoda? Does James Earl Jones have the best male speaking voice in the world? (Not counting Landon Saunders) Do the two new ones (#1-2) hold their own with the original trilogy (#4-6)? What's Saruman doing masquerading as Count Dooku? (Sorry, still prefer LOTR. Christopher Lee can't be Saruman AND Count Dooku!) Best "pet": R2D2, C3PO, or Wookie? Any real, true-blue, 10-on-a-scale-of-10 Star Wars fanatics out there? Wasn't it easier watching Luke and Leia kiss when you didn't know the rest of the story? How many Yoda sayings could you turn into a devotional talk? ("The dark side, hard to see it is.")


  • I think the originals were better "stories" and for their time, the effects were so "coo"

    I would take Yoda into battle and into my "sermon pool".

    But I have always wanted a pet "wookie" and yes James Earl Jones could read the book of Leviticus and make it sound great!!

    By Blogger DJG, at 3/03/2005 04:42:00 AM  

  • back when the original S.W. movies came out, I ALMOST thought they were new Revelation. on a scale of 1-10 I'm a 6 or so. Any trecker needs to see the "museum" in the Las Vegas Hilton. I usually even drink my coffee from the S.W. cup i got there.

    James Hallmark rates right up there on the great voices.

    back to yesterday's ?'s....Kingsland on the near end of lake LBJ (or is it Buchannan?) has several small cozy motels right on the water.

    By Blogger Sarah_RN, at 3/03/2005 04:59:00 AM  

  • If you are gathering a hall of fame for great voices, I nominate Keylife minister Steve Brown.

    By Blogger Wail, at 3/03/2005 05:31:00 AM  

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    By Blogger SG, at 3/03/2005 06:06:00 AM  

  • My husband is a HUGE Star Wars fan! HUGE! He read all the after books, there were at least a dozen. The first five years of our marriage our TV remote was the shape of a light saber and made szzzzshing noises. He has earned the nick name Obi-Rob-Quinobi. His softball team is called the Tuscan Raiders. He is are already Making big plans for when for Episode Three coming out in May... Yep the force is always with us.

    By Blogger SG, at 3/03/2005 06:11:00 AM  

  • SG - If I'd only known, I would have worked some Star Wars imagery into your wedding ceremony.

    By Blogger Mike, at 3/03/2005 06:21:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    I was seven when episode #4 came out and it literally changed my life, as it was the first movie that kept up with my imagination. I remember the first VCR my Mom bought (about the size of most Microwaves, now) and the first movie my brother and I recorded was episode #4. We must have watched it about 100 times that summer. Anyway, enough of my rambling. As far as the "pet" question goes, I will always go for R2D2, unless I need someone tall to intimidate others or fly the Millenium Falcon. As far as the new ones go, they still meet the expectation levels of the Seven year old in me, even though LOTR really meets the needs of the 34 year-old that I am.

    By Blogger Donald Philip Simpson, at 3/03/2005 06:30:00 AM  

  • James Earl Jones is good, but he's no Ricardo Montalban. Just think how much better "Star Wars" and "Lion King" would have been with a couple of references to "rich Corinthian leather"!

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 3/03/2005 06:31:00 AM  

  • As Donald's post has already suggested, I think that - as a cultural phenomenon - Star Wars was for much of Gen-X what Woodstock was for Boomers.

    Here's a scary thought: To this day, much of the way I think about and approach questions of professional ethics relate back to things that Yoda said in Empire. Its not that I've consciously developed a Star Wars ethic, its just that the idea of going into battle from a place of peace, rather than anger and aggression, had such a strong impression that it continues to stick with me.

    I've enjoyed all the movies, but the last thirty minutes or so of Empire is probably closer to my heart than anything else I've seen in the theater. I remember watching Empire for the first time. I was absolutely captivated as everything that I believed about the central characters, their history, and their fates, slowly unraveled.

    Here's a couple of other questions: would Star Wars have ever been Star Wars if Lucas (1) picked a more ordinary voice for Darth Vader OR (2) hired someone other than John Williams to write and conduct the film score?

    By Blogger Matt, at 3/03/2005 07:36:00 AM  

  • Episode 3 comes out this May!

    I'm a 10/10 Star Wars fan. I also have the 2 Made-For-TV-Movies starring the Wicket W. Warrick the Ewok on DVD and the 2 animated cartoons "Droids" and "Ewoks" that were released after the series aired on television years ago...they're on DVD now too, but I don't have that version yet.

    The Clone Wars that have aired on Cartoon Network recently will be released on DVD as well and I will own them too.

    Boy, all this Star Wars talk is making me thirsty...and I have used Yoda in a devotional talk before.

    By Blogger Big Mike Lewis, at 3/03/2005 08:07:00 AM  

  • I HAD A STAR WARS WEDDING!!! True story! My husband entered the church to Darth Vader's theme, I walked down the aisle to Princess Leia's theme and the recessional was the Ewok Celebration song. We won a contest in our local paper as our area's biggest Star Wars Geeks! We have every movie, every soundtrack, gobs of toys & even every Pepsi/Mountain Dew can that had every character on them - maybe 30-40 in all! And my favorite Yoda line is "Do or do not. There is no 'try'."

    By Blogger Beaner, at 3/03/2005 08:38:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    I can't imagine a more addicting show than "Lost".
    I always thought Conard Hayes had the best voice . . .
    Love the blog. Thanks for encouraging us out in Utah every day.

    By Blogger Randy, at 3/03/2005 08:38:00 AM  

  • Uh oh. I've been found out. I'm one of those 10-out-of-10 fanatics. I've been to the first showing of all 5 Star Wars movies and, at 40, will be there again in May. I even have the horrible "Christmas Special" (Leia sings!) on tape. Soooo...

    I'd still take Legolas over jumping-bean-Yoda.

    James Earl Jones has THE best voice. But Patrick Stewart is a close second.

    The two new ones don't even come close. I find myself shaking my head while watching them and muttering, "George, George, George..." (By the way, my 4-year-old calls #'s 4, 5, and 6 the NEW Star Wars. After all, they just came OUT (on DVD)!)

    LOTR is MUCH better than Episodes 1 and 2, so Saruman he shall be. I even think that LOTR compares with 4, 5, and 6.

    I'll take the Wookiee but I WON'T call him my pet.

    The kiss...ugh.

    I've never used Yoda in a devotional before, but I use the following line on my high school students all the time: "Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try."

    TWO more things: First, John Williams is a HUGE reason the films have been so successful. He's one of my heroes, I love his music, and I think it's so cool that he got his 43rd (!) Oscar nomination this year.

    And second...my wife and I DID walk out after our wedding to the Throne Room music. Scary, huh?

    (Avery's Uncle) Steve

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 3/03/2005 08:38:00 AM  

  • Beaner - I've done LOTS of weddings. Don't believe I've ever done one where the groom came in to the tune of Darth Vader.

    Randy - Maybe the only thing better than Conard Hayes' voice is Craig Jones doing Conard Hayes' voice. (Harding trivia)

    Marla W. - Where are you, amiga? I'm waiting for you to weigh in here. You're my official source of Star Wars knowledge!!

    By Blogger Mike, at 3/03/2005 10:25:00 AM  

  • I like LOTR better, but Star Wars is great. The rise, fall, and redemption of Anakin Skywalker (a.k.a. Darth Vader).

    One of the very best lines is at the end of Return of the Jedi. Anakin has come back from the Dark Side and Luke Skywalker is trying to get him off the Death Star before it explodes. Anakin says, "Just leave me." Luke says, "I'm going to save you!" And Anakin says, "You already have."


    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 3/03/2005 12:18:00 PM  

  • I'm still trying to figure out how Magneto (X-Men) got into the role of Gandalf, myself.

    A friend of mine is a BIG Star Wars fan; his license plate is "JDI NITE." He got married last summer, and while he didn't have a SW wedding theme, the minister (the bride's brother-in-law, I think) did bring it up a number of times. After the happy couple had recessed, the minister dismissed us with "God bless you, and may the Force be with you!"

    The groom, in his vows, declared the extent of his love for his new bride when he said that he knew that he was ready to marry her, "...when I realized that I love you more than Star Wars." Brought the place down with laughter.

    We're hoping they have twins, one boy, one girl, to be named.... nah, you can figure it out for yourself!

    By Blogger Tim Castle, at 3/03/2005 01:19:00 PM  

  • Mike -- here I am (I've been out all day)

    It's about time you watched ALL of them like that!! Thanks Chris!

    Yoda, of course!! (but Orlando Bloom . . . that's another story!!)

    I have to go with Landon (since he's my boss :-) -- also, James Erle Jones is the voice of DARTH VADER. Not a good guy . . . or IS he?

    Episode 2 holds up very well!! Now we're getting into the WHY he turns to the dark side. . .

    C3PO is my FAVORITE!!

    BTW -- there are WAY more than 12 books -- I should know! :-)

    Episode V is my favorite. I still remember waiting for 3 years to find out what happened to Han.

    Best Yoda line: "Great Warrior? Wars not make one great!!"

    John Williams IS Star Wars!! He BETTER get the Oscar next year!!

    If anyone wants more, just let me know. :-)


    By Blogger vtc3po, at 3/03/2005 02:11:00 PM  

  • Oops!! I didn't notice that Aragorn was an option. Oh my!! :-)

    By Blogger vtc3po, at 3/03/2005 02:13:00 PM  

  • Star Wars is the single greatest movies series ever, and so is Lord of the Rings.

    I was so relieved to know that Darth Vader was Luke's father and not mine.

    R2D2 and Yoda are played by the same actor.

    May the Force be with you, my Precious.

    Jedi is an offical religion in Australia.

    In real life, there are no Ents.

    By Blogger Fajita, at 3/03/2005 02:51:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    I have two 10/10 fanatics, a Star Wars room in our house (not CP's bedroom), two sets of SW sheets, a collection of SW toys and legos, and two SW machines (a 90's pinball and an 80's video). Paul was in the first showing of Episode One in LA at Mann's Chinese Theatre. CP is begging to be at the midnite showing in May. I must admit, Paul is a little jealous of the SW Wedding.

    May the force be with you,

    By Blogger Robyn, at 3/03/2005 04:18:00 PM  

  • I can still remember watching the SW movies and then leaving the theater and thinking the world looked different. I felt totally changed by the experience as a kid. We would talk about the movies all the time. Just sit around and rap about the characters, the ships, the weapons. Wow. Favorite Yoda saying is when Luke is leaving early he yells out "Look you to your training, save you it can!" Sage wisdom. LOTR was very good but SW landed in my life and left a dent.

    By Blogger 6crocketts, at 3/03/2005 05:20:00 PM  

  • Mike: Sorry to post off-topic here, but I can't find your e-mail address. I've started a new C of C blog aggregator at


    I'd love to have you onboard--nothing you have to do but say yes. Please let me know (by e-mail or posting here) if you'd like to be included. Peace.

    By Blogger Milton Stanley, at 3/03/2005 05:21:00 PM  

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    By Blogger MichaelPolutta, at 3/03/2005 06:31:00 PM  

  • Yoda rocks! Two of his lines have stuck with me since the first viewing.

    1. The "Do or do not. There is no try." line referenced earlier.

    2. "Help you I can. But first we must eat!"

    I always thought Yoda sounded like Grover would when he was older. (Not that Grover will EVER get older!) Yes, they were voiced by the same person...

    Unbelievable that John Williams doesn't have a closet full of Oscars!

    By Blogger MichaelPolutta, at 3/03/2005 06:35:00 PM  

  • No contest! I'd take Aragorn - honor, bravery, and gut instincts. Legolas' looks would only distract me and I wouldn't have time to take care of Yoda's translator.

    James Earl Jones is the best, but my dad is a close second.

    Pet? C3PO...he cleans up after himself!

    I'm in youth ministry, I can turn anything into a devotional talk. :)

    LOTR wins hands down in my book, but I loved it when I was watching Toy Story 2 with my kids and Buzz Lightyear is about to be pushed off the elevator by the evil Zurg. Buzz says, "You killed my father!" and Zurg says, "No Buzz, I am your father!" Buzz cries out "NOOOOOOOO....." as he falls. I laughed so hard I almost wet myself.

    I want to know if beaner wore the Leia hair at her wedding.

    By Blogger Niki, at 3/03/2005 09:21:00 PM  

  • mike (and chris) yall are goof balls.
    1.i still pick legolas because he could blind a civilization with his white hair!!!

    2.um...sure? i dont know who that is.

    3.i havent seen all of the star wars stuf in alllooong time, but it seems like it sould.

    4.i dont know...

    5.all of them-then make one big family :)

    6.not a big fanatic of star wars..i used to like star treck alot though (but not anymore...)

    7.hahaha... i gues..

    8.it really depends on who is in the devotional talk. im sure most of them could be though.

    oh yeah, do you have an email adress or something? just curious. my dad has a question.

    By Blogger katy taylor, at 3/04/2005 07:25:00 AM  

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