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Sunday, November 21, 2004

Keeping Tabs on Darth Vader

I got to go to the movies today. I saw Les incroyables, which is really quite a fine movie for old geezers who know who Edith Head was and don’t think twice about why it should logically follow that the power of invisibility should be coupled with the power to project force fields.

The movie was preceded by a trailer for Star Wars Part 3 or Part 6, depending on how you want to look at it. It made me want to summarize once again – for those who haven’t been keeping track – the muddled ethnicity of Annakin Skywalker:

He was born a snotty little American slave kid on the desert planet of Tattooine. Later, after undergoing Jedi training and growing to adulthood, he transformed into a snotty, sullen, pouty Canadian with minimal screen presence. In the coming film, it is to be assumed, we’ll see the dramatic process by which the donning of body armour transmogrifies him into a black man who actually has screen presence, but isn’t called upon to use it and instead somehow possesses the body of oversized cockney weightlifter. Later, when he dies, he is reduced to a pasty old Englishman with asthma.

Okay, now we’re all up to speed for when the thing comes out next May.


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