Thoughts on Preparing for ‘The Force Awakens’

Thoughts on Preparing for ‘The Force Awakens’


Just a very quick entry on this Sunday Before Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens,T-minus four days until our first glimpse into a larger world…

I have diligently avoided most things Star Wars for weeks now, months even. I’ve viewed nothing beyond the first full-length trailer (several thousand times, but still…) and stopped clicking on any link that leads to the Dark Side. Or Light Side, for that matter. As I type, a commercial for the latest installment of our beloved saga just popped onto the TV screen in the other room, and I literally put my fingers in my ears and shouted, “LA LA LA LA LA LA LA…” until it was over. Immature, but effective.

I WILL be surprised and thrilled and enlightened at 7:30PM on Thursday, and you don’t need to see my identification…

In preparation for Thursday, I began to watch the saga in Machete Order. You know. Episode IV, V, flash back to Episodes II and III, then Return of the Jedi for the BIG FINALE! I assume that this is the remastered Episode VI we’re talking about, fireworks and Hayden Christensen. I won’t watch it any other way now, no offense to Sebastian Shaw. They say this machetes out Episode I, turning Anakin’s story into Luke’s, but…but…but..I LIKE Jar Jar, and Star Wars will always be Anakin’s story to me. Will it still be after Thursday? I wonder. Alas, with five kids, a husband, a cat, and Christmas, there’s just no way my movie viewing could happen before this blog entry was due. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I also have an issue with Yoda these days, ever since Jay Krebs made a comment to Jeff McGee on his podcast, Banta Banter. Is Yoda or is Yoda not the Jedi who said the words, “Do, or do not. There is no try?” Isn’t that an absolute? Don’t SITH deal in absolutes? Hold that thought, and I’ll try to discuss that next time, too.

For now, may The Force surround you and penetrate you and bring you joy as it awakens this Thursday. Enjoy this holiday season. Love to all from amidalooine, and remember…

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  1. Jay Krebs
    December 13, 2015 at 20:48 Reply

    First, I LOVE that you identified yourself as amidalooine. Ahhhh…..! A long time ago, in a Hyperspace far, far away….

    Thanks for the shout-out, too!!! You know how I’ve always felt about Yoda – I’m SO excited to read that future entry!

    The anticipation for TFA is just about grinding my nerves raw at this point. Like you, I’m avoiding all things spoiler, but you are by far the better Jedi than I!

    I went dark on twitter last week. I refuse to watch any news shows and behind-the-scene specials. I even stopped myself mid-sentence while reading one of the bevy of magazines available on the newsstands right now. Like you, I want to be TOTALLY and UTTERLY awed by every nanosecond of that experience.

    For the record, I like Jar Jar, as well. He gets waaaaaaaay too bad a beat-down as a character. As far as Machete order, I completely understand the philosophy behind it, and even support it to a point, but to me, there was a reason The Maker created that episode. Anakin.

    ‘Nuff said.

    …Thursday can’t get here fast enough. Punch it, Chewie!!

  2. Pam Bruchwalski
    January 11, 2016 at 19:55 Reply

    Not sure if you’ll even see this, Jay, but thank you for your reply last month. It was a joy and a privilege to see episode Vll with you and Erica last month, and I’m sure that the three of us will be watching it again soon.

    It was all worth it to stay the path and not spoil last month’s premiere with information overload, and the reason is part of what I’m thinking about as I write this month’s entry here. I’m in a whole new place.

    No matter where that place is, however; I will always be…amidalooine…

  3. The Force Awakens Changes Everything | Coffee With Kenobi
    January 13, 2016 at 08:02 Reply

    […] In my blog entry last month, four days before The Force Awakens was released, I asked if Star Wars would still be Anakin’s story. I assumed it would and couldn’t imagine anything different, really, but it isn’t. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m glad. It’s time to move on, and I didn’t even realize it. […]

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