Star WarsWatched the documentary The People vs. George Lucas last week. Pretty decent doc. Inspired me to buy these beauties for $5 on Ebay.
Trucked through A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back last night after a busy day of finding an apartment; planning on hitting Return of the Jedi today.
A point made in the documentary rang true for me as I was rewatching the pre-Special Edition movies. People say, "George Lucas ruined my childhood" in regard to the prequels, Indy 4, and the constant fucking with the OT. But you know what? Whatever. Yeah, that stuff's all shit (except Revenge of the Sith.... shitty dialogue aside, I really liked that movie), but so what? That doesn't take away from me enjoyment of these VHS tapes at all. Nothing Hayden Christensen did undermines how totally badass Darth Vader was during ESB. Why? Because I can ignore it. I can watch the pre-SE OT and love it just as much as when I was a kid. Just like I don't let the Matrix sequels or Pirates of the Caribbean sequels take away from me enjoyment of the first films, I'm not going to let Lucas's own problems with his movies change how much I do enjoy them.
To give something or someone the power to "ruin my childhood" simply means that I can't decide for myself what to watch and enjoy. So George Lucas, do what you want. Fuck away at your old films. It doesn't matter to me in the end, because those VHS tapes (and the digitizing of them that is about to happen) are all I need.
Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of DemonsSo, I realize this is totally stupid, but I don't care. I've started working on something I call "Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Demons." I came up with the idea while in a teacher training yesterday, and I posted images of some sketches I did based on the idea.
Last night and today I wrote out the first draft of my plot outline. It's not well written (because it's not meant to be; it's just an outline), so I'm not sharing it, but here's the general synopsis:
In his experiments with electricity, Benjamin Franklin inadvertently allows a powerful demon to enter our world and possess his body. He goes into hiding and begins building an army to invade the capital and eventually the world. When Thomas Jefferson dies in 1826, he is chosen by a mysterious force (known in my outline as simply, "The Voice") to hunt down Demon Franklin and destroy him.
However, Franklin has brought his top lieutenant to possess Andrew Jackson, who is elected in 1828. Demon Jackson uses his power to create a base of operations for the demon army. However, Jefferson arrives and trashes the place, finally destroying the demon in Jackson, freeing the president's soul. However, he is ambushed by Franklin and banished to the demon dimension.
With his army destroyed and his powers dwindling in our dimension, Franklin uses the last of his energy to summon a top demon scientist and his next highest ranking lieutenant to assist him in building a device to merge the demon dimension with ours. The demons take the bodies of John H. Duncan (designer of Grant's Tomb, which is used to disguise the building of the dimension merging device) and Thomas Edison.
Meanwhile, Nikola Tesla creates a device that allows Jefferson to return to our world. Tesla and Jefferson team up to stage an assault on Grant's Tomb. The final battle takes place with Tesla battling Demon Edison and Jefferson battling Demon Franklin. Demon Duncan, however, activates the device, and must be stopped. Jefferson uses Tesla teleforce weapon to finish off the demon and destroy the machine. Edison and Duncan go about their lives, freed from the demons' powers, and Jefferson and Franklin pass to the afterlife.
Like I said, I know it's silly. My more detailed summary has other ridiculous details and is more developed than this, but that's the basics so far. It may be retarded, but it's been fun to work on so far. I'm thinking about somehow involving the Civil War as an explanation for why Franklin took so long to develop the device after losing Jackson, but I don't know, yet.
And that, my friends, is what the state of South Carolina has been paying me to do the last two days. Huzzah for public education, eh?