I couldn't let today go by without a post about Star Wars.
I love the Star Wars movies. All six of them. I don't have time to go into my favorite things about them and my (rather extended) opinion of the storytelling or the original trilogy versus the prequel trilogy... so I will just post some of my favorite quotes. Because you all know how much I love quotes.
Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Qui-Gon Jinn: That is the sound of a thousand terrible things headed this way.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: If and when they find us, they will crush us, grind us into tiny pieces and blast us into oblivion! (I love quoting this and imitating Obi-Wan's accent.)
Padmé: I will not defer. I've come before you to resolve this attack on our sovereignty now! I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee! If this body is not capable of action, I suggest new leadership is needed. I move for a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Valorum's leadership.
Mace Windu: There's no doubt. The mysterious warrior was a Sith.
Yoda: Always two, there are. No more, no less. A master... and an apprentice.
Mace Windu: But which one was destroyed? The master or the apprentice?
Qui-Gon Jinn: You almost got us killed! Are you brainless?
Jar-Jar Binks: I spake!
Qui-Gon Jinn: The ability to speak does not make you intelligent. Now get out of here.
Shmi Skywalker: You can't stop change any more than you can stop the suns from setting.
Qui-Gon Jinn: Obi-Wan, promise... Promise me you will train the boy.
Obi-Wan: Yes, master.
Qui-Gon Jinn: He is the chosen one. He will bring balance. Train him.
Queen Amidala: Your Honor.
Boss Nass: Whosa dis?
Queen Amidala: I am Queen Amidala. This is my decoy, my protection, my loyal bodyguard. I'm sorry for my deception but it was necessary to protect myself. Although we do not always agree, Your Honor, our two great societies have always lived in peace. The Trade Federation has destroyed all that we have worked so hard to build. If we do not act quickly, all will be lost forever. I ask you to help us... no, I beg you to help us.
Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Why do I get the feeling you're going to be the death of me?
Anakin Skywalker: Don't say that, master. You're the closest thing I have to a father.
Obi- Wan Kenobi: Then why don't you listen to me?
Skywalker: I am trying.
Obi-Wan: I have to admit that without the clones, it would have not been a victory.
Yoda: Victory? Victory you say? Master Obi-Wan, not victory. The shroud of the dark side has fallen. Begun the Clone War has.
Obi-Wan: If you spent as much time practicing your saber techniques as you did your wit, you'd rival Master Yoda as a swordsman.
Anakin: I thought I already did.
Obi-Wan: Only in your mind, my very young apprentice.
Yoda: Mmm. Lost a planet, Master Obi-Wan has. How embarrassing. How embarrassing.
Anakin: When I got to them we got into aggressive negotiations.
Padme: Aggressive negotiations? What's that?
Anakin: Ah, well, it's negotiations with a lightsaber.
Anakin: You call this a diplomatic solution?
Padme: No, I call it aggressive negotiations.
Obi-Wan: I was beginning to wonder if you'd got my message.
Anakin: I retransmitted it to Coruscant, just as you'd requested, Master. Then we decided to come and rescue you.
Obi-Wan: [looks at his handcuffed hands] Good job.
Padme: All mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults than we would like. It's the only way we grow.
Obi-Wan: And don't forget, she's a politician, and they're not to be trusted.
Yoda: Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Obi-Wan: You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them. You were to bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness.
Anakin Skywalker: I hate you!
Obi-Wan: You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you.
Yoda: Train yourself to let go... of everything you fear to lose.
Padmé: So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.
Padmé: Obi-Wan... there... is good in him. I know there is... still... [dies]
Anakin Skywalker: I sense Count Dooku.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: I sense a trap.
Anakin Skywalker: Next move?
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Spring the trap.
[deprived of his lightsaber, Obi-Wan kills General Grievous with the general's own blaster]
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Ugh! So uncivilized.
Darth Sidious: I have waited a long time for this moment, my little green friend. At last, the Jedi are no more.
Yoda: Not if anything to say about it I have!
Episode IV: A New Hope
Vader: Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've
constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to
the power of the Force.
Motti: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. [Vader walks toward Motti, then slowly raises his hand]
Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure
up the stolen data tapes or given you clairvoyance enough to find the
Rebels' hidden fort- [grasps his throat as if he is being choked]
Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.
Kenobi: Mos Eisley Spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.
Kenobi: In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.
Darth Vader: I have you now. [Suddenly, one of Vader's escorts is destroyed.] What?!!
Han Solo: Yeah-hoo! [The Millennium Falcon arrives on the scene.]
[Vader's ship is flung out into space]
Han Solo: You're all clear, kid. Now let's blow this thing and go home! [Luke shoots at the exhaust port and with the help of the Force, hits, blowing up the Death Star] Great shot, kid! That was one in a million!
Han Solo: He's the brains, sweetheart!
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Palpatine: We have a new enemy. The young Rebel who destroyed the Death Star. I have no doubt this boy is the offspring of Anakin Skywalker.
Vader: How is that possible?
Palpatine: Search your feelings, Lord Vader. You will know it to be true. He could destroy us.
Luke: Master, moving stones around is one thing, but this is... totally different!
Yoda: No! No different! Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.
Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.
Luke: I don't... I don't believe it!
Yoda: That is why you fail.
Yoda: Told you I did. Reckless is he. Now matters are worse.
Obi-Wan: That boy is our last hope.
Yoda: No. There is another.
Vader: If only you knew the power of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!
Vader: No, I am your father.
Luke: No. No! That's not true! That's impossible!
Vader: Search your feelings; you know it to be true!
Luke: NOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOOO!!!
Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi
Mon Mothma: But most important of all, we have learned that the Emperor himself is personally overseeing the final stages of the construction of his Death Star. Many Bothans died to bring us this information.
Yoda: When 900 years old, you reach, look as good, you will not, hmm?
Yoda: Remember, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware: Anger, fear, aggression - the dark side, are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. [Whispering now] Luke...Luke...do not... Do not underestimate the powers of the Emperor...or suffer your father's fate you will. Luke...[Luke leans in close]...when gone am I, the last of the Jedi, will you be. Luke...the Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned. Luke... ...There...is...another...Sk...Sky...walker...[Yoda dies]
Obi-Wan: Your father was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view.
Obi-Wan: Then the Emperor has already won. You were our only hope.
Luke: Yoda spoke of another.
Obi-Wan: The other he spoke of is your twin sister.
Luke: But I have no sister.
Obi-Wan: Mm. To protect you both from the Emperor, you were hidden from your father when you were born. The Emperor knew, as I did. If Anakin were to have any offspring, they would be a threat to him. That is the reason why your sister remains safely anonymous.
Luke: Leia! Leia's my sister!
Leia: Luke, don't talk that way! You have a power I don't understand and could never have.
Luke: You're wrong, Leia. You have that power too. In time you'll learn to use it as I have. The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it and... [looks directly at Leia] My sister has it. [waits for the words to sink in] Yes. It's you, Leia.
Leia: I know. Somehow, I've always known.
Luke: Then you know why I have to face him.
Anakin Skywalker: Luke, help me take this mask off.
Luke: But you'll die!
Anakin: Nothing can stop that now. Just for once, let me look on you with my own eyes. [Luke carefully removes Vader's mask to reveal Anakin's disfigured face underneath.] Now...go, my son. Leave me.
Luke: No, you're coming with me. I won't leave you here. I've got to save you!
Anakin: You already have, Luke. You were right. You were right about me... Tell your sister... you were right... [dies]
And, just because I sometimes like to bring up controversial issues....
I have to admit that I rolled my eyes when I heard Disney had
bought Star Wars. I also made my share of sarcastic comments. But, I
do plan on seeing Episode VII and will reserve my final opinion on Star Wars
coming under Disney's umbrella until after I've seen it.
In case any of you haven't seen it plastered all over the news... the casting for Episode VII was recently announced and Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will be returning as their original characters. Andy Serkis will also be starring. Having seen (and liked) his performance as Gollum in LOTR, I'm super curious to see what his role will be.
What do you all think of Disney buying Star Wars and making more movies? What do you think of bringing back the epic trio of Han, Leia and Luke?
Miss Melody Muffin