Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Current Obsession



Hope I've spelt that right, I wouldn't want to give you the impression that I'm hooked on dried grapes. Lord no! (Not unless they're covered in milk chocolate and enjoyed after a heavy session on the old bong that is...) but I digress!

Those of you who've known me for a while may be aware that every so often I get into something obsessively. This usually results in me indulging huge wads of cash and hours of my free time at whatever has caught my whim, in terms of persuing and fuelling that moments fad. These have included the music and memoribilia of Michael Jackson, the Resident Evil franchise, the Dreamcast, the Saturn and videogaming in general...


However, my latest obsession, which has been brewing for about a year now, is based long ago in a galaxy far away... Why would a 43 year old man start to get heavily into Star Wars in 2010? There's no reason other than that when I was ill and off for six months, I decided to watch all six films as they were intended to run in the George Lucas chronology. That means starting with Episode One: The Phantom Menace and finishing on Episode Six: The Return Of The Jedi.


Now that might seem logical to everyone, but UK TV channel ITV, recently showed them in the chronological order that they were made, which is Four, Five, Six, One, Two, Three. This IMHO is absurd, but whatever...


When you watch the movies back to back in sequence, the story is quite enthralling. It definitely is a case of the sum being more than its parts, and I found my interest in the Star Wars universe was kick started afresh. I began to watch episodes of the Clone Wars and after first finding it's cartoon stylings unpalatable, I soon became hugely hooked on the programme. I now enjoy it as much as the films and yearn for other eras from the films timeline to be explored in a similar animated fashion.



But of course, when you're obsessed and adicted as I am at this time, you'll find that watching isn't enough... now I need Star Wars comics, Star Wars novels, Star Wars art, Star Wars memoribilia and of course... Star Wars games! Which leads me nicely onto my next subject!

7 comments:

gnome said...

Well, I might currently be in my Alien phase, but I'll admit this Dali-esque spoof of Star Wars is simply amazing.

Emma's Daddy said...

I think the original films were great. The re-releases (Special Editions) were completely unnecessary and the prequels very nearly ruined the whole franchise. Not that Georgy would care.
If you haven't seen it already watch this review of the Phantom Menace. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxKtZmQgxrI&feature=player_embedded

(I still really like the originals!)

gnome said...

One of the best, funniest and most disturbing reviews ever! This guy is simply demented and hilarious. Oh, and couldn't agree more with your appraisal of the films dear Father.

fatherkrishna said...

I too love the Dali-esque ones Gnome, but then I loved Dali despite his fascist/pervy leanings!

Emma's Daddy! I had no idea you were a Star Wars puritan! I think this is the first time I can remember our opinions being at such polar opposites!

I think one of the reaons I love the prequel films is that I took my sons to the cinema to see them and we all went a bit nuts for them...

LOL at the link! I love that guy's voice too!

Glad we stand united on this one Gnome!

Junlee said...

I thought Phantom Menace bordered on terrible, hugely because the kid who played young Anakin was awwwwful! Attack of the Clones was aiiiight but had some pretty bad dialog, and Revenge of the Sith was easily the best of the prequels.

Despite the stupid idea of the Ewoks (really, the Empire was defeated by teddy bears?!), the original trilogy is fantastic. The Empire Strikes Back never gets old.

gnome said...

@ Father: Well the fascist leanings are indeed infuriating, but the pervy ones deeply sympathized with :p

fatherkrishna said...

Junlee dear heart! Good to see you here! Would love to know your opinion on the Clone Wars! Have you ever dipped in?

Gnome! LOL! :)