I took Friday off from work to get some errands accomplished. I was more successful than I expected and got more than half my Christmas shopping done. Pretty much the rest of my gift buying is going to be done online and is just a matter of placing the orders which I will do this week. BTW, I apparently have a rep at my apartment complex office. The manager told me that she informed the assistant manager that I get "a lot of packages" this time of year so expect to be seeing me often. :p
How anal am I getting this year? I have completely updated my address book and now know who I have to still shake down for an addresses. And for the folks I plan to buy gifts for I have a bag for each that I can drop the gifts into as I purchase/receive them.
On the downside, I still haven't started writing my cards. I'm not stressing yet and hope to get a lot of it accomplished over the upcoming long weekend.....along with Buffy watching since my DVDs *finally* arrived.
Tomorrow I hope to get my DT dailies recap posted. It dawned on me that while I had talked about the discs briefly before, I primarily just covered the balcomy scene.
A friend loaned me her hubby's Star Wars box set this past week. I bit the bullet and watched. For those of you who don't give a jawa'a ass about the films, I shall cut away for my thoughts AKA
A New Hope
One of the things that immediately struck me about this new, 'improved' version was the incredible calrity of sound. I heard sound effects and background noise I never had heard before.
OK, I'll admit this much the shootout between Greedo and Han isn't quite the travesty it was before. It's still utterly ridiculous that Lucas even felt it necessary to make the change in the first place (Han was preventing himself from being killed. I was 5 and I got that!). It's also ludicrous that Greedo would miss from two feet away, but at least having them shoot simultaneously makes more sense within Lucas' twisted revisions.
The Jabba footage still stinks.
They *finally* animated Vader's saber! It only took 27 years to fix that little goof. If you don't know what I'm talking about, after Vader 'kills' Obi-Wan and turns toward the closing blast doors his lightsaber was clear plastic. Now, it's red as in the rest of the scene.
The metal ceremony is beyond cheesy. I guess I never noticed before George made me look at everything with a hypercritical eye. And I can't fathom why Han would choose to participate in something like that. It seems out of character.
I realized I'm now looking at these old films in relation to the prequels. Damn you again George.
The Empire Strikes Back
He left the asteroid field sequence as it was! Woo Hoo!
I have to admit replacing the Emperor with his curent portrayer was seamless. But, I don't care for the new dialogue -
Emperor: We have a new enemy the young rebel who destroyed the Death Star. I have no doubt is the offspring of Anakin Skywalker.
Vader: How is that possible?
Emperor: Search your feelings Lord Vader, you will know it to be true.
Um, excuse me, didn't Vader already know Luke was his kid? Putting aside sensing the force in him, how about the fact that it was Vader who had the droids tracked to Uncle Owen's farm on Tatooine. And we now know Owen is Anakin's stepbrother. So, let me get this straight, after all these years Lucas needed to dumb down things not just for the people watching at home but for Vader himself. Whatever.
Am I hearing things or did they redub Boba Fett's dialogue?
Return of the Jedi
I have to say, since The Phantom Menace came out this film seems a lot better.....except for the music video interlude which should be burned, repeatedly.
Maybe this will be explained in Revenge of the Sith, but right now there are some major boo-boos in the mythology. Obi Wan states that he was amazed at how strong the force was with Anakin, that he took it upon himself to train him, and that he believed he could instruct him as well as Yoda. So, what, did some sort of Jedi dementia make him forget about Qui-Gon?
In SW, Vader was alone with Leia numerous times and never sensed she was his daughter, yet he knows (putting aside the Emperors drivel) that Luke is his son. Instead of screaming sexism I'll assume that since Luke was with Owen that clued him in to who he was.
How did Lando and Han become generals? Especially Lando who was overseeing a gas mine a few months before. The Alliance must have had one hell of a turnover in the upper ranks.
I heard that Lando was originally to die at the end of the film. Han's dialogue hints to this as he's looking at the Falcon - "I have a funny feeling, like I'm not going to see her again". I honestly could have cared less if Lando had died, but the Falcon? Nooooooooo!!!
C3PO and R2-D2 are really gay.
I now watch the films trying to fill in the blanks as to what we aren't seeing. Damn fanfic. :p
OK, as for my new rant, Hayden Christensen should NOT have replaced Sebastian Shaw in the final scene. It makes no sense. After all, we aren't seeing a digitally created younger Yoda or Ewan (though, that could come yet). And I swear, Hayden looks like he's smirking. Yes, I want to see a cocky Jedi Knight. >:(
Did anyone else see the promo for Alias during Desperate Housewives? Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Excited doesn't begin to cover it. I am left to wonder though if the party footage and the feeding of pizza to a certain fellow agent actually happend in the show or is just for the promo?