Star Wars: Not Worth Losing Sleep Over

Squeezed May 18, 2005

My friends are excited about Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. They’ve been talking about it the past few weeks. In fact, they’re all gathering together at Dole Cannery to catch the 12:01 a.m. May 19 show, just a few short hours from now.

I’m being anti-social. I’m not joining them.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Star Wars. It just hasn’t been a very important part of my formative years. I never saw the originals when they came out when I was a wee one, and somehow escaped seeing them in the age of readily available videotapes. In fact, the first time I saw the first Star Wars (i.e. “A New Hope”) was in 1997…when George Lucas re-released the original trilogy in theatres on the twentieth anniversary to lay the groundwork for the current prequel trilogy. I was 24.

I saw the other two films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, within a few months afterward, when they were re-released. Only then did I have the necessary background to understand the next two films.

I think it was probably for the best that I saw them for the first time as an adult. Had I seen them as a kid, I think it probably would have gone over my head. I guess I was never really into science fiction, as a kid, teen, or adult.

Anyway, back to Revenge of the Sith. Some of my friends work a swing shift anyway, so they don’t have to wake up early. Others are taking tomorrow off. Still others are going to work on their normal schedules and plan to fight fatigue.

Not me. Besides, I’ve got tons of work to do, and I’ve already taken a few hours off for various sundry dental appointments. Which reminds me that I still have one more appointment that I need to ask off for. I refuse to contribute to the $627 million of lost productivity that the U.S. economy will probably suffer as a result.

(When Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones came out, I actually did go to the midnight showing. But it came out in May 2002, and I was between jobs then, collecting unemployment. Going to work the next day wasn’t an issue.)

I do plan to see Revenge of the Sith, though. I’ll probably block off some time on Saturday afternoon, after a morning church function, and catch a matinee showing of it. At least that fits my body clock better.

So, no spoilers, please. I’m just going to have to avoid talking about the movie ’til then.

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