Over the past few weeks we’ve started watching the original Star Wars trilogy with the girls. Of course we started there. There’s no way we’d let their first impressions of Star Wars be of JarJar Binks.
Each movie needed at least two attempts. The first time there were too many questions and Ashlin fell asleep. The second viewing of A New Hope went much better.
This past Sunday we tried The Empire Strikes Back. This screening went much, much better although there were still a bunch of questions, and Teagan was a bit confused by Leia’s hair change (though she remembered the buns) and she couldn’t remember Han from minute to minute.
A couple of the questions from Teagan were:
- Can we live in a snow fort too?
- Why did they change Leia’s hair
- What’s the aminal-friend (wookie) doing to the ship?
- Did the ice monster hurt Luke?
- Why did they cut the aminal open? (Tauntaun)
- Can I have a light saber?
- What is a swamp slug?
- How do worms live in space?
- Why is Yoda so short?
- What’s a bounty hunter?
- Is [that boy] Han dead?
- What is suspended animation?
- Will they get him out?
- Why is Luke sad if he found his father?
She went to talk to Stu (who had to get some work one) before she went to bed. Initially, she didn’t like the dark side, but thanks to Stu, thinks it may be better because they have cookies. Well, she’s not sure…
Ashlin was pretty good, she had her own questions along the same lines as above. But she was very excited to see her SW Advent Calendar figurines in the movie, more so than she was during A New Hope. (We really only saw the Jawa and their sand crawler, the storm trooper and the imperial destroyer in that movie.). Eventually her questions petered out as she fell asleep right after Luke got to Dagobah. She and I watched what she missed Monday after she got home from school.
Both girls found lots of joy in telling me that my phone was ringing.. I have had the Imperial March as my ringtone for the past five years, at least. My girls think they are the funniest people in the room!
I still need to share Ashlin’s questions/brain dump, because well:
We had to discuss the exogorth again, and how worms could live in space. She wants to have Yoda’s soup for dinner and IG-88 is her favorite bounty hunter. Bossk is a bit scary, and she likes how Darth Vader snores. She cried over C3-PO being torn apart, Han being frozen and Luke losing his hand. She cried because Luke was crying.
My favorite parting thought of hers was “Maybe Darth isn’t nice because he misses Luke. Everyone needs to be with who they love.”
PS. Teagan calls him Dark Vader.