Well, it took until he was 14 years old, but, I introduced 3B to the fantastic world of Star Wars this evening. Football was over for the day and there’s no school for the knucklehead tomorrow, so, no worries about time. You’re asking, um, just now? You know that’s been out since 1977, right? He’s 14, he should have already seen it. Yeah, you’re right, he should have. But, he didn’t want to. He actually told me, several years back, that he didn’t like it and didn’t want to watch it.
Something happened in the last several months, though. He and I have very little time together that we have started using our time together to watch things. We can’t really afford to go out and do much and with football season, Sundays have been quite full. That being the case, watching, catching up or getting to stuff have been the order of things. He was anti-Harry Potter and one day he decided he wanted to start those and we ended up going through the whole series in about 4 days (our days together, that is). He loved it.
We watched The Force Awakens when it came out on Blu Ray and he was into it. I thought perhaps that he had seen the older ones but afterward he told me he hadn’t. I wish I had known, I would have waited for it. But, that was already done by then.
I contemplated with myself about the direction with the Star Wars canon I was going to take. Let’s clarify that for a second. I am one of the few people that I know that actually enjoyed the prequel trilogy, Episodes I-III. I have no problem with Jar Jar Binks or Hayden Christensen. I, by no means, feel that the films are flawless, that they’re better than the original trilogy or even that they’re great. I just feel a fair job was done with the storytelling aspect. There are plenty of plot holes and all that, yes, but I feel the point is I wasn’t bored and I was entertained. So, back to the contemplation: do we start at the very beginning and watch them chronologically, or do we watch them in release order?
With the aspect of the “big reveal” that happens in Episode V being a big, big factor, and watching from Episode I would erase the surprise (I don’t know if he knows about it or not) and give a lot away, I decided to start at Episode IV: A New Hope or as we called it as kids, Star Wars. I tried not to guide him as we were watching and with the exception of a few personal thoughts about things, I let him fend for himself. When I asked 3B his opinion, he said that he thought it was very good. He was wanting to watch “the next one” and we would have watched it, had it not been late and The BCPF has to work tomorrow. As I said, though, 3B is off school tomorrow and if The BCPF goes to work (she may work from home), we’ll watch The Empire Strikes Back. I can’t wait to see him watch “the reveal.” I’ll let you know how it goes.
Until tomorrow, may the Force be with you…
“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” – Title Card of Star Wars (1977)