A New Way to Look at Star Wars

I just saw the best HI I’ve ever seen. (For you non-speech people, that stands for “humerous interpretation”.)

The One Man Star Wars Trilogy.

A guy named Charles Ross acts out all three original Star Wars movies in about an hour. He’s alone on the stage with a black jumpsuit, and emulates all the characters, music, sound effects. The only thing he has to help him out is lights (including a nice starry effect when the Death Stars blow up). His Chewbacca roars were good and R2-D2 whistles were amazingly close to authentic.

Of course, being only sixty minutes means a lot had to be cut and sped up. He made up for that by inserting random bits of comedy, and getting good timing on comedic pauses and expressions. I’m not going to try to go over the whole thing, but I went in thinking it wasn’t going to be worth it and it really was. It’s been a while since I got to do anything totally carefree and funny (except Berkeley S&D) like this…it’s probably good for me.

Excerpts:

ANH
General Dodonna: Good luck, and may the Force be with you.
*Pause*
Dodonna: And note that in the entire Star Wars saga, I am the only character who pronounces Princess Leia’s name as “Leea”

ESB
Darth Vader: *breathing, chokes someone*
*Pause*
Vader: *breathing, chokes someone*
*Pause*
Vader: The Rebels are there!
Admiral Ozzel: But Lord Vader, there are many uninhabited planets.
Vader: *breathing, chokes Ozzel* Captain Piett?
Piett: Yes, Lord Vader?
Vader: You are now in command. Do not fail me, Admiral Piett.
Piett: Yes, Lord Vader. *hands running down his inside thighs, representing…well, you know…*

ESB
Luke (hanging off Cloud City): Ben! Leia!
Leia: Luke!
Luke: Father!
Vader: Son!
Luke: Ben! Why didn’t you tell me?
Obi-Wan: I forgot.

RotJ
Admiral Ackbar: It’s a trap!
*Pause*
Ackbar: It’s a trap!
*Pause*
Ackbar: It’s a trap!
*Pause, light change*
Emperor Palpatine: As you can see, my young apprentice, your friends are doomed, because
Ackbar: *lights change* It’s a trap!

Addenda: On the way up we saw a sign that said “Is your dog bulimic? Signs: 1. Throwing up, 2. Eating grass.” It was accompanied by some creative illustrations. Then outside of the theatre we saw members of the Fighting 501st, a worldwide group of Star Wars cosplayers. They really do have great, realistic costumes. My brother wants to join when he’s eighteen.

Unrelated: I once got Pokémon Sapphire online (used) and it seemed to work fine. I lent it to Kevin for months before he gave it back, but just a few days ago he tried to link it with someone else’s game. The Sapphire game was erased and the other guy told me it was probably bootleg, since it was grey instead of blue. Up until now I thought it was just a different edition (other games have this sometimes too). But I looked at the back of the cartridge, and it says NIntondo.

Guess it’s bootleg.

Finally, a mildly related comic. (Note: Ubuntu is a distribution of Linux.)

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