You DON’T ever forget.

I bought a used ten speed bike at the Salvation Army today. I rode a bike tonight for the first time since seventh grade.
Riding bikes is awesome.
Riding bikes uphill is less awesome.
Riding bikes is good exercise.
I am very out of shape.

I am such a dork

I, like many young men my age, have a special love for Star Wars that borders upon unhealthiness. And like so many others, I feel that Return of the Jedi totally crapped out on the promise of the first two films.  Ewoks aside, I think I finally understand what went wrong, and why Jedi needn’t have sucked. I don’t think Jedi was supposed to be the last film.

In fact, I think Jedi was supposed to have a completely different, and more depressing ending.  I am certain that Luke was initially intended to fall prey to the dark side. Leia would then be left to become the last Jedi and take the fight against her brother. Everything in The Empire Strikes Back suggests to me that this is the direction things were heading. If the scenes on Dagobah teach us anything, it is that Luke is a crappy fucking Jedi. He is given three tests and he fails each one of them. He fails in the cave, where he gives into his anger and is given a vision of himself following his father’s fate. He fails to have the patience to raise his X-Wing from the swamp. And he fails for the last time when he abandons his training so that he can walk into Vader’s trap on Cloud City.
During the course of his training, Luke learns not a single lesson about what it is to be a Jedi. Luke was destined to fail. And his sister had a destiny too, one she did not get to live up to.
The way thing’s played out in Return of The Jedi, the big reveal that Leia was Luke’s Sister and Vader’s Daughter was a big waste. It created zero impact upon the narrative. For her lineage to be relevant within the context of the story, Leia needed to pick up where her fallen brother left off. Jedi ended with Luke fighting for Vader’s redemption, and it falls flat because we have no compassion for Vader. He’s evil. But if the saga had ended with a fourth or fifth film where Leia was fighting to regain Luke’s soul, that would have been a heart-wrenching conclusion. Dramatically satisfying.
Jedi could have been as good as Star Wars and Empire. Sadly, whatever it was that happended to Lucas happened before he could give the series the ending it deserved.

Originally published at The Triangle. You can comment here or there.

I am such a dork

I, like many young men my age, have a special love for Star Wars that borders upon unhealthiness. And like so many others, I feel that Return of the Jedi totally crapped out on the promise of the first two films.
Ewoks aside, I think I finally understand what went wrong, and why Jedi needn’t have sucked. I don’t think Jedi was supposed to be the last film In fact, I think Jedi was supposed to have a completely different, and more depressing ending I am certain that Luke was initially intended to fall prey to the dark side. Leia would then be left to become the last Jedi and take the fight against her brother.
Everything in The Empire Strikes Back suggests that this is the direction things were heading. If the scenes on Dagobah teach us anything, it is that Luke is a crappy fucking Jedi. During Luke’s training he is given three tests and he fails each one of them. He fails in the cave, where he gives into his anger and is given a vision of himself following his father’s fate. He fails to have the patience to raise his X-Wing from the swamp. And he fails for the last time when he abandons his training so that he can walk into Vader’s trap on Cloud City.
During the course of his training, Luke learns not a single lesson about what it is to be a Jedi. Luke was destined to fail. And his sister had a destiny too, one she did not get to live up to.
The way thing’s played out in Return of The Jedi, the big reveal that Leia was Luke’s Sister and Vader’s Daughter was a big waste. It created zero impact upon the narrative. For her lineage to be relevant within the context of the story, Leia needed to pick up where her fallen brother left off.
Jedi ended with Luke fighting for Vader’s redemption, and it falls flat because we have no compassion for Vader. He’s evil. But if the saga had ended with a fourth or fifth film where Leia was fighting to regain Luke’s soul, that would have been a heart-wrenching conclusion. Dramatically satisfying.
Jedi could have been as good as Star Wars and Empire. Sadly, whatever it was that happended to Lucas happened before he could give the series the ending it deserved.

Reign

On the way home from work, I was plauged with one burning question: Why the hell is Eddie Vedder singing Love Reign O’er me? I like Pearl Jam, but I like The Who even better, and there is nothing new in this cover. It is one of the most unnecessary pieces of music I’ve ever heard.

It didn’t seem like there was an artistic reason for this song to exist, but then I fond out that this cover was recorded for the soundtrack of some movie I don’t give a dang about. Now it all makes sense. No, wait, it doesn’t.

Why does Hollywood love to put crappy covers into movies? I mean, sure, it creates synergy for cross-promoting cds, and I imagine it is cheaper to get the rights to crappy covers than the originals, and Hollywood just seems to feel comfortable when they are recreating things that have already been done well, but don’t the people in charge of these things understand that crappy covers annoy me?

Oh damn.

Tonight I broke up with my girlfriend. For the past four years she’s been my partner, my lover, and my best friend.

We had been growing distant for a while, and now we’re apart. I don’t love her in the same way I used to. We think we can still be friends. I hope we can still be friends.

I posted this with a no-Tessa filter.

I’m scared about what happens now.

I’m single.