Monday, June 6, 2011

A Few Things About Star Wars

I was floored when WonderWife™ presented me with tickets to Star Wars in Concert. It was one of the things that under normal circumstances she would mock relentlessly (and often does). But there we were on our first date night in months sitting under the sky at the Hollywood Bowl, waiting for an orchestra to play sections from the movies accompanied by clips on a giant screen. Geek paradise for me, but not so much for her. Yet she was happy to give me a night like this, which is why I love her so much.

As the sun was setting and the show about to commence, sounds began to play through the loudspeakers. They were the iconic sound effects from the films—lightsabers, tie fighters, Chewbacca…

“What was that sound?” WonderWife™ asked me. “Was it a Wookie? An Ewalker? Are those the guys with the long green ears?

My wife knows nothing about Star Wars. Early on in our relationship I screened it for her and we still debate if she made it through the whole thing (she claims she did not). Maybe it was the pre-show cocktails, but I found her utter cluelessness about Star Wars adorable. She was truly adrift in a pop culture sea without any sense of direction. At one point she pointed out, “all of the kids and their light swords.”

So naturally I started to quiz her about Star Wars. “What ship does Han Solo fly?” I asked.

“Um, I don’t know...the Star Wars Express?”

I couldn’t contain my laughter.


“Your son has been asking to see Star Wars,” WonderWife™ told me.

Normally this is a phrase that geeky parents like myself anxiously wait to hear. But knowing the Bean like I do, I strongly question if he’s ready for Star Wars. He’s got a bit of anxiety when it comes to the movies. I thought back to a fateful ride on Star Tours at Disneyland two years ago where he less than enjoyed the experience—to put it mildly. I was afraid that one ride alone might have put him off Star Wars for a few extra years.

Knowing that I only have once chance to have Star Wars make a good impression, I decided to press him for details as to his sudden interest.

“Mom has told me you’ve been asking about Star Wars,” I said to the Bean one night while tucking him in.

“Yeah, I want to see it.”


“I don’t know.”

“Have your friends seen it?”

He paused for a moment. “Well…one day at school when Tony’s mom picked him up, she told him when he got home he could watch Star Wars. And that’s when I wanted to see it.”

So there it is.

I really want to show the Bean Star Wars (I bought the original versions of the trilogy on DVD when he was in utero to get ready). But I don’t think that peer pressure is the right reason. I’m afraid I’m going to have to wait a little bit longer.


FilmFather said...

Kudos to you for putting off the Bean's first introduction to Star Wars and not rushing into it. Since my older boy Dash (now 8) was an infant, I was probably guessing when I could sit him down and show it to him. And as you know from my Tweet back in April, I waited until this spring -- I felt there were parts of Star Wars he wouldn't be ready for at a younger age. (As you may also have seen via my Tweets, I used Dash's sick day last Friday to show him Empire and Jedi as he recuperated on the couch.)

Also, I declare from this day on that I will only recognize Han Solo's spaceship by its proper name, The Star Wars Express.

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Geeky Daddy said...

You are admirable to putting of the Star Wars intro to little Bean a bit. If it is peer pressure. Then you do not want to make this an experience of "I am doing this because it is the cool thing."

Trooper Thorn said...

Wasn't the concert just 2 hours of music from the cantina scene?

Vancetastic said...

Methinks WonderWife is playing dumb. (You know I love you, WW.) Everyone knows that Han Solo's ship is called the Century Eagle.

SciFi Dad said...

My daughter has similar anxieties, so I chose to show her excerpts (like C3PO and R2D2 wandering in Tatooine before the Jawas) so she can feel like she's seen parts. It also helps stem the tide of requests.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

FF...Once you start calling it the Star Wars Express, you won't stop.

Geeky Daddy...Yeah, there will be plenty of time for that when he's a teenager.

Trooper...Not quite. But there was plenty of prequel stuff, so just as annoying.

Vance...You make a compelling case.

SciFi...I've been thinking about doing just that.

James (SeattleDad) said...

Mrs. LIAYF wants to wait until Luka is 7 or 8. My response: 'But that's another 3 or 4 years!!

Vancetastic said...


Just curious -- since we're on this topic, did you name your child by mashing Luke and Leia's names together?

Daddy Geek Boy said...

James...Sayeth the wise sage Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part.

Vance...Really? ;)

Vancetastic said...

Really. Sorry, I know how my quirky observations befuddle you. :P