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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Star Wars References

Since I can't get my site updated yet I'll make a few little additions here at the blog and add them later to the site.

* The Force. I read this morning that a parish (somewhere in the UK) had started services with talk about good and evil, making an effort to resist the Darkside of the Force and what it means to have God as a Force in ones life.It seems that Vicars across an increasingly secular UK have taken a cue from the interest of their flocks' children. In this case they had been discussing Star Wars in catechism classes preceeding the services, by several weeks.

* Indiana Jones Adventure (Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye - Disneyland ride) While riding the adventure this go around (this past Sunday) I noticed something I'd not recalled last time I rode the adventure.As Indy hangs on to a rope suspended from the ceiling of the "cave" you can see the huge round boulder behind him and it's rumbling. He says, "I got a baaaad feeling about this"

*Troy sent a big list of musical additions to me a couple of days ago:
Adam Selzer - It Used To Be A Cantina
B.A. Dandelion - Star Wars And Me
Brad Montague - Chewbacca
Carla Ulbrich - The Force Is The Force
Cooper Stimson - Darth Vader Dear
Double You Dee Forty - Star Wars 2
Ethan Lipton - Jedi Mind Trick
Great Luke Ski - Both Sides Of Star Wars NowGreat Luke Ski - Grease WarsGreat Luke Ski - Just Say No To Midichlorians
Hedrock Valley Beats - Imperial March
Herbert Midgley - I'm A Nerd (Star Wars Version)Hexnut - Just The Facts
High Adventure - Farm Boy
Jared Boehm - My Star Wars Will Go On
Justin Wales - Back In '77 (This is a cover of the song by Center Divide)
King - She's Into Star Wars
K.R.O. - Rocking The House In A Boba Fett Mask
LeoZ - Ballad Of Star Wars Nerd
Mary Beth Magallanes - Han Solo's Song
Michael Pickett - Wannabe Jedi
Nuclear Family (Sweden) - Jedi Mind Trick
Rob Balder - Sympathy For George Lucas
Rob 'Iceman' Izenberg - Attack Of The Clones

Rob Stangroom - The Jedi Song
Robert Lund (Spaff Dot Com) - I Got Crabs From Darth Vader
Russell Bither-Terry - Sith Lov'n'
Shoegazi - R2-D2
Sifl & Olly - Star Wars Tribute

Stacek The Wise - Star Wars Elements
Steven Cavanagh - Forbidden Love
Sulkin & Jessup (from The Late Late Show) - Because We Love Him
Tony Fabris - Fifty Ways To Change The Movie

Tripod - Star Wars
UFO Phil - Dear George Lucas
Warpigs - Luke's Dream
Wild 95.5 Morning Show - Star Wars Geeks Tribute
Worm Quartet - R2-D2 (This is a cover of the song by Shoegazi)
Y98FM Kevin The Intern - Did It All For The Wookiee

* Empire (mini series) 2005 - Star Wars similarities. Octavius (Cabrera) is told, "Your path is dark and dangerous, young Caesar." Tyrannus (Cake) and Octavius are like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker..both offer training in swordplay and survival, then there's Cicero (Byrne) who's like Yoda...except not green and a bit taller.

We had a terrific weekend - a good family reunion (first time in California) and Disneyland (a cousin works there).
I saw no less than 75 people in Star Wars t-shirts of one sort or another, one guy holding a small, plastic X-Wing (not sure if he got it at the Star Trader in Tomorrowland or brought it from outside the park), and two persons behind me (separate people) talking about Star Wars...once at Indiana Jones the other at It's a Small World. :D
I bought a small wrist band (the colored rubber/plastic ones that some people are wearing these days) from the Star Trader, it said "REBEL" on it. I handed it to the clerk, she looked at it and said, "thank you for not choosing the Darkside" She must've watched me mull it over for those ever so brief couple of moments...LOL
Disney sells what looks like a lightsaber but it's gold and has a rainbow or yellowish green "blade" that telescopes out. Saw kids all over with those. My son kept noticing as well spotting the "**Zshoo Zshoo's" at quite a distance. (**that's the sound they make ;))

Comic Con's looking to be a good visit this year. Plenty of Star Wars to fill a day and a lot of other great stuff too. Certainly can't wait to go. :D See you there!!



Nerf-Herders Anonymous said...

General Tarfful - The Kachirho Daily Journal
date Posted: Jul 07, 2005 8:32 PM
First of all, I love your references site. I have a couple of comments, though:

1) Regarding the Episode I Seven Samurai reverse reference, Mace Windu says "We're keepers of the peace, not soldiers," in Episode II, not I.

2) In the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex, which has too many Star Wars connections to go into here, Oedipus at one point says "I killed him. I killed them all." "Him" being his father, and "them all" being his entourage. Sounds a lot like "I killed them. I killed them all," no? And besides, Anakin and Oedipus are overall very similar tragic heroes.

Nerf-Herders Anonymous said...

3) In The Incredibles, the mom is flying that nifty plane and those pesky missiles comes after her and over the radio she identifies herself as "India Golf Niner Niner." IG-99?

4) During the Red Sox/Yankees playoff series last year, Fox aired a little Star Wars-style short.

And in the same vein...

5) During the presentation of the World Series rings to the Red Sox players earlier this year at Fenway Park, Star Wars themes played for several of the players.

And for more sports stuff...

6) I've heard Star Wars music played at football games in Harvard Stadium. I could probably come up with some more things with time, but that's all I could think of off the top of my head.

Keep up the good work!

Nerf-Herders Anonymous said...

Life, the Star Wars Universe and Everything

date Posted: Jul 09, 2005 11:48 AM
Sorry for the delay in reply. Thank you so much GT! For your kind words and your contributions!!

1) Ooops, placed it in the wrong spot.

2) Oedipus. Shows how poor my memory has become...or how long it's been since I read the Oedipus Cycle.

3) I noticed this too, but I couldn't find an IG-99 related to SW in particular and I read that it is a reference to Brad Bird's Iron Giant which was released in 1999...IG99. I'll probably add it anyway with a note.

4,5,6) cool.
This was the first year I can remember (after '77 that is) that music from Star Wars was NOT played at a 4th of July fireworks. This year they played the theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

I'll have them up later today!