You know what you haven't read enough about lately? Star Wars! In fact, that's probably what brought you here today. "Steve's written about what Star Trek and Doctor Who mean to him," you're probably thinking. "He's examined his fondness for James Bond and Columbo and Westerns. Surely he's got something to say about the new Star Wars flick. I've only read 77 The Force Awakens articles today. I may as well hit www.stevehockensmith.com and make it 78...."
Well, I'm not going to let you down. The media's got a nice, big bandwagon rolling, and I'm hopping aboard and holding on tight!
So. Star Wars.
I love it.
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What? You want more than that? O.K., if you insist.
I love it.
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Huh? You still want more? Geez, what do you expect -- Star Wars and Peace? Ba da bing.
To be honest, I can't work up much enthusiasm for writing about Star Wars, even though (as stated above) I (mostly) love it. I've always felt that way. When I was growing up in that galaxy far, far away known as the 1980s, being a Star Trek fan automatically made you a social leper (or "social victim of the phage" in later Trek parlance). And Doctor Who was that weird, cheap-ass British thing the PBS station knew it could run at 10 p.m. on Saturday night because the most loyal viewers certainly wouldn't be out on dates or anything.
But the original Star Wars trilogy? Everybody loved that. There was nothing interesting to say about why I (mostly) loved it, because my reasons were the same as everyone else's: the fun characters, the rousing action, the awesome music, the dazzling special effects, and Return of the Jedi's adorable Ewoks and rib-tickling muppets and witty Tarzan-impersonating Wookiee. (Clue phone: Some items on this list have been put there ironically. I did say I only mostly loved the original trilogy, remember?)
In short, back in the day it felt like Trek and Who needed advocates and defenders, but Wars didn't. By the time Star Wars did need defenders, I didn't want to defend it. (Yes, I am a living cliché: The Gen X Nerd Who Thinks the Prequels Blow.)
Now the Force is with Star Wars again, and it's the sci-fi goliath that drives everyone gaga. I'll soon be seeing The Force Awakens, and from what I've read I'm expecting to (mostly) love it.
And I still don't have anything more insightful to say about it than Bill Murray circa 1978.