Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Raiders of the Lost Alligator Temple

Now the Imperial Empire is all but extinct. The Separatists have taken over the galaxy of Tri-Alvaron, and rule the planet Yokum.

At the Temple, the droids worship Duneeden, who does not take the form of an alligator but just a head. The droids practice human sacrifice--girl sacrifice, to be specific. Marian Ravenwood and Indiana Jones infiltrate the temple to stop them, while Ralphie Kokensparger and his brother Tim wait outside.

The rebels are still working the restore freedom to the Chubbees. They live in England, and speak English.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The New Story

Okay, I'm going to chronicle the saga of our hero, Jedi Knight and NASCAR driver Ralphie Kokensparger, as he and his brother Tim fight their way through some of the most hair-raising adventures you've ever heard.

Episode II --Ralphie and the Temple of Doom


This war is really heating up!

Although the Empire has been destroyed, the Separatists have taken over the planet Yokum in the galaxy of Tri-Alvaron. The Separatists have whale ships and shark ships.

Still, the Rebels are determined to restore peace to the Chubbies.

(Production Notes: The Chubbies are knights in medieval armor. The Separatists are blobs of goo encased in ovoid containers equipped with metal claws and eyes on stalks. The Thuggees are green-faced trolls.)

Tune in next time, when we hear Ralphie say, "If we don't get out of here, we are GOING to DIE!"

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Star Wars to live by

I have to post this here, because I don't know if I can put it anywhere else!
So we went to see "Star Wars--In Concert" last night. It was a lot of fun. People came dressed as Storm Troopers and Jedi; there were a couple of Boba Fetts and at least one Leia (unfortunately wearing glasses).
The actual production was delightful--a quick-cut montage of clips from the films, a live orchestra, laser lights and pyrotechnics made the whole thing definitely worthwhile. And Anthony Daniels, who narrated the piece, worked from memory, not a teleprompter, and put a ton of feeling into what has got to seem (by now) to be a pretty familiar tale. He's charming.
Light saber duels broke out throughout the auditorium during intermission.
The local press was on hand to do video clips of the audience members in their Star Wars regalia--here's a link
The cool part (to me) was where this one mother said they used Star Wars in their parenting. We do too!
"Is that how a Jedi would act?" we ask. Or, "A Jedi would eat his vegetables."
I even used Star Wars philosophy to explain the nature of God.
My son asked who God was, and I said that it was The Force (I was criticized for that, but we're talking about introducing spiritual concepts to a four-year-old).
I also explained that when a person dies, their body is buried and their spirit goes to Heaven, just like Obi-Wan's did. That also helped to explain the glowing presence of Sir Alec in Episodes 5 and 6.
Also, Episode 2 and 3 helped to explain how people come to make bad choices in life, and the consequences of those choices. Selfishness and fear can lead to the dark side.
So, even though the original trilogy is the best in terms of storytelling, Episodes 1 through 3 are good parenting material.
We've got a lot to be thankful to Star Wars for.