Wednesday, December 16, 2015

help them you can

We are closing in on the long-awaited day upon which we will be blessed by a new Star Wars movie, one that has the potential to actually be good, so naturally there are people writing their "I've never seen Star Wars" think pieces, which is cool and fine, but they're all like . . . weirdly proud and defiant about it?  Like they purposely use incorrect names and terminology for things in order, I suppose, to more fully portray themselves as people who care so little about the Star Wars universe that they don't even know what stuff is called, even though the terms were long ago absorbed into the larger culture.  Remember that joke about how you can tell if someone doesn't own a TV--don't worry, they'll tell you?  That's what I'm talking about.  If you care more about telling me that you haven't seen Star Wars than I care about you not seeing it, you are the weirdo.  You are me in college taking a tremendous amount of pride in telling people that I hadn't seen Titanic.  Guess what, younger me?  NOBODY CARES.  Nobody thinks you're cooler than them because you didn't watch a popular movie.  Same to you, Star Wars non-believers.  You're not cool or edgy, you just didn't see some movies.  And spending any time being proud of yourself because of it is way embarrassing.


Marsha said...

Well said. And that said, I admit not to having seen any of the Star Wars movies (but I've never been proud; I just never got around to it because I don't see many movies). Now I can just save them all up and watch them and learn, learn, learn instead of trying to cover up my ignorance when a cultural reference is made.

Layne said...

The original trilogy is a lot of fun. A space romp! And now you'll know why people reference Hoth during blizzards.

tipsybaker said...

Did you like the new one? We finally saw it. I loved it. I was weepy. Epic battle of good and evil. Can't resist.
Did you tell me if you liked Serial S2 or not?

kacy faulconer said...

Exactly: If you don't care why do you care.

Layne said...

I loved it. The first time I saw it I was so amped that I just gobbled it up; the second time I saw it my excitement had subsided enough to allow my nostalgia and sentiment to come forward and I wept openly in the theater for most of the movie. And not to get too deep into feminist affirmation or anything, but the fact that my kids are growing up in a world in which Rey exists is a big deal to me. And Finn! That is also huge. It shouldn't be, but it is.

I am really digging Serial S2.