Pardon me… I have something in my eye. No, I’m not crying. Well not much anyway. I am just so happy right now 😉 Check out the original article over at Gizmodo: Scientists discover a way to make real life lightsabers Yeah, sure, I realize that we are light years away from having those “elegant weapons from a more civilized age” but this is still pretty exciting!
There comes a time (or twenty) in every geek’s life when he has to pack up everything he owns and relocate. Now is that time for me and my Wife. A new chapter begins and we have a few bigger changes to adjust too. It is at times like this when I wish I was more of a Jedi, or more accurately a minimalist. A few cloths, a data pad, some tools and that is about it. Alas I am a geek, and while I no longer tote around a huge collection of toys and comics, I have just enough to overwhelm. We will be moving to a temporary transition point while the bulk of our household will be waiting for us.
A new job, new digs and new life. There are quite a few new things going on. I am unsure as to how these things will affect my posting or some of the other things I come to enjoy over the years.
I’ve got a bad feeling about this…
So here is the thing… Star Wars was cast with a load of, what were essentially, unknown actors. Sure They did other things before Star Wars but Harrison, Mark and Carrie were still fresh faces. Along with those three newcomers there were two strong anchors, Sir Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing. These last two actors gave the film some “gravitas”. This is a winning formula. It even served the franchise well in the prequel films, albeit to a much larger scale.
This brings me to my sadness. All of these reports/rumors about large name actors being placed in main character roles is really depressing. I realise that since George sold off the Galaxy, Far… Far Away, that the corporate monster that is Disney (no longer the heart filled warm and fuzzy machine that Walt built) now wants to capitalise on every part of the Star Wars universe and make as much as they possibly can out of the future films. I don’t have any issues with making money. I do have issues with assembly line garbage being trotted out to the mass market consumer. Just because there is a pretty face selling the shiny content in a stunning package doesn’t always mean that is it worth the price.
I am a geek, I understand other geeks. I also get that some of these big named actors are geeks too. If that is the case then my tone changes. If they want to be in a Star Wars film then I can more than understand that since I would too. If it is just another job and they are being attached to the film to boost the money potential with their “star power” then we have a problem.
I could be totally wrong. This could be the way to go forward and bring Star Wars to even more people. Honestly, though, if you have not “gotten” Star Wars yet then you never will. There is a concept here that works on several levels and it has never faltered. Disney Studios needs to recognize this and allow it to be as organic as it was meant to be. You don’t need big names in anything but supporting roles. Star Wars is about the little unknown, unremarkable, individual who becomes more than he/she, or anybody else, believed he/she could be (bad or good).