Barrel House Annie – If It Don’t Fit (Don’t Force It)
Today’s Quote: “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. ” — Aldous Huxley
Yesterday evening, the grandchildren and I watched Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Mandy is right. It doesn’t make sense that Leia would have “known her real mother,” even for a short time, given that Padmé died only moments after she and Luke were born (Luke was born first). Come to think of it, Padmé never held either of them. She was only conscious long enough to name them. (By the way, is hyperspeed space travel that late in the third trimester really a good idea?)
At the end of Episode VI, at the Ewoks’ victory celebration when they show the images of Anakin, Yoda, and Obi-Wan, was it coincidental that the figure of Anakin bore a close resemblance to the young Anakin from Episode III? It struck me as odd that he wasn’t wearing black as he did in Episodes II & III, but wore the same style outfit as Obi-Wan. Maybe that’s the official Jedi dress uniform for formal occasions or something.
It would appear the Anakin may have fulfilled the prophecy after all. He did destroy the Sith. But did he bring balance to the Force? At the end, there was only one Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker. Yoda, as the last surviving Jedi Master and member of the Jedi Council, never did confer upon Luke the status of Master and only indicated that he would be a Jedi Knight once he faced Vader. Was Luke a Jedi Master by default, as a result of being the only surviving Jedi? I’m sure all of these questions are hotly debated across the InterWeb by the true Star Wars geeks.
In all those years on the dark side, did it ever occur to Darth Vader that if he had succeeded in turning Luke to the dark side, he may have been sealing his own fate? At the end of Episode I, Yoda said about the Sith, “Always two there are. No more, no less. A master and an apprentice.” Either Sidious or Vader would have had to die. Some of the dialogue hints that Sidious and Vader may have been plotting the other’s demise at the prospect of having Luke as their apprentice.
I also watched Goldmember last night. It wasn’t the best of the Austin Powers movies; I think the Austin Powers theme has run its course. Many of the main characters changed by the end of the movie, which for many of them, killed their appeal. Even the sexual double entendres and fart humor were kind of stale. Just the same, I laughed my ass off but I was probably just in the right frame of mind for it. For my money, the first Austin Powers movie was the best of the series.
I had started a flaming entry about how Wal-Mart sucks but after a while, it just wasn’t that important. However, I stand by my appraisal of Wal-Mart; it sucks.