May 17, 2002


IRREGULAR, YODA'S GRAMMAR IS: But what he lacks in standard English sentence construction, he makes up for in ultra-cool photogenic Jedi mastery. The lightsaber battle in the new Star Wars, in which Yoda does Matrix-esque footwork, is the coolest yet. Ryan Vooris's blog is a good clearing house for SW geekdom, if that's what you're looking for. It strikes me that what Mark Hamill, Jake Lloyd, and Hayden Christiansen all have in common that they are the center of Star Wars movies, and are all the worst actors in their ensemble. I think Lucas casts a bad actor in the lead on purpose to maintain the signature flat, old-time serial style of acting that marks the series, even if he populates the rest of the ensembles with good to very good performers (Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Natalie Portman, Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Lee and Alec Guiness, for example), and strong voice performers (Frank Oz, James Earl Jones).

VodkaPundit Stephen Green points out that Roger Ebert liked The Phantom Menance better than Attack of the Clones, proving once again what an abject moron Ebert is.

Virginia Postrel's fears that this movie might change biotech politics for the worse are unfounded. The attacking clones are the good guys (even if they get taken over by the Dark Side in Episode III, it'll be a wash with public attitudes), and it turns out that one of the favorite characters in the saga, Boba Fett, is in fact a clone. (Boba Fett is so popular that his apparant inglorious death in Return of the Jedi is reversed in the subgenre literature; he escapes from that pit and goes on more adventures.) Criminalizing science won't be very popular if it prevents the birth of the universe's coolest bounty hunter.

The most interesting Star Wars punditry I've seen is Weekly Standard online editor Jonathan Last's neocon case for the Galactic Empire. Check it out.

Posted by John Tabin at May 17, 2002 04:54 PM