(Sharon Palmer of Southern Cotton Photography took this magnificent picture, but the photoshop credit of Vader goes to Kerry Jordan – friend and fellow geek.)
My husband managed to get a set of tickets to ‘Force Awakens’ a couple of months ago. We are huge Star Wars fans – not on the ‘I’ll be dressing like Leia and he like Han’ level but more on the low key, slow vibrating excitement, we will buy tickets 2 months in advance level. You know just a couple of crazy closet nerds. 😉
My first memory of Star Wars was via HBO in 1983 while we were stationed at Fort Leavenworth Kansas while my father attended the Command & General Staff College. It was both an interesting and grueling 9 month tour for all of us, but that’s a whole other post. I remember lying on the floor watching the TV and hearing John William’s opening sequence score. Very impactful, very attention grabbing. Then as the credits rolled and I voraciously read them as they scrolled upwards. “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away . . .”
I was hooked right then and there.
What was this genre? Science Fiction? Sign me up!
Back then when a movie finally made it to HBO they played it almost back to back for a month, because of that I saw Star Wars a minimum of 97 times. (When I say I was hooked, I’m not playing!)
I knew (still know – LOL) almost every line by every character in ‘A New Hope’. (I know, I know my level of geekdom just skyrocketed for you, but hey remember – I’m NOT dressing up – that HAS to count for SOMETHING right?!) LOL.
I recorded the movie on my cassette tape player and on our VHS. I listened to it. I watched it. I bought the paperbacks. I read, listened, watched and dreamed of the day when we would be able to travel in outer space and meet these types of folks – well I wanted to meet everyone except Vader!
I crushed hard on both Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. Truth be told I had pictures of Harrison Ford hung all over my room.
My parents didn’t ‘get it’. My sister didn’t ‘get it’. None of my friends even ‘got it’. This was before the Internet so I really didn’t know just how many others out there were just like me.
Until H.S. in South Korea where I met a randy gang of cute boys that shared my love of all things Star Wars and whom allowed me, a lowly girl to hang out with them while they rode their BMX bikes and talked shit. (You know who you are, Arnat Vale, Ian Perkins, Chris Thome, Hill Mackay and Todd Patterson.)
Because we moved to Japan at the end of summer 1983, I didn’t get to see ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ until I got it on VHS. When you are stationed overseas especially back in the 80’s we were lucky and happy to get AFJN (Armed Forces Japan Network) which consisted mainly of The Today Show about 12 hours old, lots of Soap Operas and episodes of the most popular shows back in the states a couple of years back. So when it was time for ‘Jedi’ to come out, I wasn’t waiting for it to come to Camp Zama, I was headed out onto the Japanese economy and I was going to see THAT movie in a theater! It turned out I didn’t have to afterall as we took a summer vacation in the states the year it came out I got to see it in a theater not long after it came out and boy did I LOVE It! The action, the love triangle, the angst, the dysfunctional family – etc . . . It was ALL there.
By this time, I was a diehard fan of George Lucas and his genius – (this is much argued, but suffice it to say my teenaged brain was convinced he WAS a GENIUS.) So take your arguments elsewhere.
I collected Star Wars baseball cards, I had a painting of Yoda (still do, but I will sell it if anyone is interested) and I had every book ever written related to the series. (Again, still do – in hardback.) I had posters and CD’s, then DVD’s, games etc . . .
So having painted my super fan picture above, I can honestly tell you that I am vibrating with excitement for tonight. I did NOT have this excitement for any of the three previous episodes because they were crap from start to finish – only the action and basic storyline were worth anything.
But my anticipation for this new reboot is wicked HIGH because JJ Abrams is living the ultimate super fan dream – he, as a super fan himself is in control and since he did a kick ass job with Star Trek, I just know he will do the same with ‘Force Awakens’.
We are T-Minus 9.5 hours away from the opening credits. I can’t wait.
Here’s hoping you all have a fantastic weekend and manage to fit a small bit of suspended disbelief into your down time.
Lots of hugs,
Kat of Team Devine
This was our wedding cake – see we really are super fans!
And yes I entered our ceremony with the Imperial March.