Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"Apparently Jango Fett had really terrible eyesight." (The Star Wars Blogathon)

I have a series of posts on here that I call Stupid Questions, a misnomer I suppose because they're anything but, and yesterday PT's comment so fittingly fitted that category that I told him on Twitter (where you should follow me and follow him) that it deserves to be highlighted, and so I am highlighting it:

I also wanted to point out a couple of things that occurred to me when I watched "Star Wars" (aka A New Hope) the other night.

I don't really like watching the Special Edition. First the whole "Greedo shooting first" thing is so lame. I don't care what Lucas says about it, there is no freaking way Greedo was shooting first. I mean look at the forensics here: Greedo is sitting like 2 feet away from Han and he MISSES? And it's not like Han ducked either. So it just looks so stupid. (Also do all Rodians wear the same thing because after Greedo dies you can see at least two more who look exactly the same running around.) That part with Jabba is also so lame because of where Han walks right over Jabba's tail which wasn't there when Harrison Ford acted the scene out. It's really corny because of the cartoonish way Jabba's eyes bug out and the way Han just walks right over this big bad gangster's tail without saying anything or breaking in what he was saying. I mean it's nice they wanted to fill us in on Han and Jabba there but if you can't do the scene so it doesn't look stupid then don't do it at all. The scene with Luke and Biggs was the only added scene that was OK, though I kind of wondered if Biggs was a little too old to be friends with Luke.

Also, why the hell does it take the Stormtroopers so long to figure out where everyone went when Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie jumped into the garbage disposal? I mean hello, you saw them dive into the wall and there's this giant hole in the wall. Duh. Why didn't the Stormtroopers just go down there and kill them? Or roll a couple of freaking thermal detonators down there. Yeesh. Of course like Greedo they couldn't hit a dewback (or whatever those giant lizards were called) from two feet away. Apparently Jango Fett had really terrible eyesight.

And whenever I watch that it's so funny how "cover me" means flying behind someone to get shot down. It's funny too when they shout, "I can't hold them off!" Well gee, probably because you aren't doing anything! There's this little maneuver called a loop, maybe try that.
PT: Nailed it.

People are always making videos where they mashup similar sequences from movies.  I couldn't find "Cover me!" so I went with this:

Question 89:

What is the Huttese insult C-3PO finds rude in The Empire Strikes Back?

  Today's rules:

1.  The question's worth 3,000 points if you're in the lead at the time you answer it; it's worth an extra 3,000 points for each place you lag behind the leader (so number 2 gets 8,000 points)
2.  Mention Andrew Leon's class' book on your blog, get 1,000 points (leave me a link.)
3.  Commenter number 5, you get 10,000 points from any other person who leaves a comment today... but you can't also be commenter number two. (Yep. You read that right.)

 And here are the standings for the Big Four still in the running. Andrew's correct answer yesterday earned him points equal to 1/2 the total of the next commenter, who was Michael Offutt.  I awarded PT 2,000 points for the comment. Michael was also commenter 3, so he gets to steal 5,000 points but hasn't told me who he's stealing from.

Andrew Leon: 81,411 1/4. (Andrew's the author of the great YA book, The House On The Corner. Click here to go to his blog.)

 P.T. Dilloway: 32,121. Author Patrick Dilloway blogs here, and wrote the excellent book Where You Belong, available here.)

Rusty Webb: 4,022, Blogger at The Blutonian Death Egg, author of the great novella A Dead God's Wrath.

Michael Offutt, 2,3021/2, author of  the great sci-fi book Slipstream, which you can read about on Goodreads)

Cool pictures.  Nonsensical titles:


PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

E chu ta is another Huttese expletive. It first appears in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back; although its meaning is not defined, C-3PO exclaims, "How rude!" upon hearing it. It appears to be a particularly insulting and vulgar expression, and is commonly used in Star Wars: Legacy.

Lara Schiffbauer said...

You hit on some of the most irritating things about A New Hope. I still enjoy watching it, but I think Empire Strikes Back is my favorite. Unfortunately, my boys don't want to see it as much. They're stuck on A New Hope and Return of the Jedi.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I thought he says, "Eat Chuta" and then threepio replies, "how rude".

Matthew MacNish said...

I always consider myself knowledgeable about Star Wars until I make the mistake of dropping by here.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

Ah ha, I'm #5 and not #2! But no one else has 10000 points.

Andrew Leon said...

Actually, I think "cover me" makes perfect sense in its terminology. The person behind is, literally, covering the other person. Blocking them from view so that the lead flier is not shot down. No, it's not the spot you want to be in, but it's the job. You can't do loops and stuff to engage the incoming fighters because, at that point, you are no longer providing cover.

This is what made the Red Tails such an excellent squadron during WWII. They provided actual cover to the bombers they were flying for instead of allowing themselves to get drawn off by engaging the German fighters.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

Ha ha, now I take 10,000 from Andrew Leon. So that's plus 18,000 for me, eh?

Andrew Leon said...

Well, except that Briane mis-stated something 3000 + 3000 = 6000, not 8000. Or, maybe, he meant 5000 instead of 3000?

At any rate, I'm not overly concerned with the points.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

Anyway, when there were Luke, Biggs, and Wedge in the trench, one could have "covered" and one could have tried to engage the fighters.

Or really at the beginning when the Y-wings made their run and later the second group of X-wings Luke's group should have been flying actual cover to keep Vader and the TIEs from them.

But also, why were there so few TIEs? (I mean besides budgetary constraints.) In the Rebellion video game a Death Star gets like 36 TIE squadrons and they're counterattacking with what, six fighters?

Andrew Leon said...

There were supposed to be many many TIEs in the battle. That's why so many of the rebellion fighters were destroyed. More than 6 are shown in the movie.

Rusty Webb said...

Wookies. I know - its lame. I just don't have anything to add right now. Well, I always thought the special editions lessened A New Hope severely. I hope they update the updated fx soon.

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