I’m a Star wars geek from the first movie back in 1977. I saw it seven nights at the $1.50 movie theater in town. I scheduled my driving road test for the same day Return of the Jedi came out so I could take the road test in the morning and go to the movie in the afternoon.
I’ve been watching Star Wars movies all day today, but I still feel just so blah. I know it’s the effects of the quarantine. Usually I have fun with this day. I watched some of the new Lego Star Wars series and my 4 year old granddaughter was watching it with me.
Today I had to cancel the third piece of travel I had scheduled for this year. The first was a cruise I should have been on last week. The second was a trip to the U.K. the end of this month. Today I cancelled a Baltic cruise for September I had planned with friends for over a year. Our pay-in-full date was coming up, and I didn’t think the cruise would happen. Truth is, I think the entire summer cruise season for Europe isn’t going to happen. I’m not willing to tie up more money with the cruise lines at this point. I have five cruise-next certificates with Norwegian sitting out there now, plus another credit for them cancelling the cruise last week. We’re going to apply what we can to a cruise next January for my 55th birthday. Maybe that will actually happen.
That has me bummed as I binged on the Star Wars movies. It’s fun to nitpick on these now. No matter how much George Lucas says he had the stories planned to some extent when the first movie was filmed, I don’t believe him. There are way too many inconsistencies and contradictions. At some point I’ll review all of the movies, but right now I want to talk about one thing. If we’re to believe Lucas’ statement that he had a certain amount of the story in mind from the beginning – such as Vader being Luke’s father – then we have to wonder….
Why the hell is his name Luke SKYWALKER?
At the end of Revenge of the Sith, we are given to believe that Padme Amidala dies of a broken heart or something. I have a friend who believes that in order to live and transform into Darth Vader, Anakin drew life-energy from her and that’s what killed her. Either way, she gives birth to twins. Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi make the decision to separate them and send them off to live away from Vader. Fine, Leia goes to live with Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan and his wife and takes their last name – perfect. Luke, however, is sent to live with his father’s step-brother on Tatooine. Obi-Wan decides to live nearby to keep an eye on the boy. If you were trying to make sure you weren’t drawing attention to the child, wouldn’t you have changed his last name to something other than Skywalker? It’s like a neon sign saying “come get me Dad!” Why not take the Uncle’s last name of Lars? Why not make up some other name?
For that, and many other reasons, I’m certain Lucas was just making it up as he went along. I don’t believe he had a real backstory to his characters from the beginning at all.
May the 4th be with you ~~~ stay well