Quickies: Surnames, Sweet Potatoes, and Star Wars

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  1. December 16, 2015 at 2:04 pm —


    Speaking of Star Wars, since Christmas is coming up, have yourself a Merry Star Wars Christmas!

  2. December 16, 2015 at 6:27 pm —

    Oh, it’s simple. The Jedi are a group of theocratic warrior-sages who advise a republic whose administrative divisions are ruled by an elected monarchy. See? That makes perfect sense.

    • December 16, 2015 at 8:54 pm —

      This is the reason I’ve never been a fan.

      Over complex fantasy plots bore me, and with Star Wars you have a large cast of largely unlikable characters to boot.

      No thanks.

  3. December 17, 2015 at 4:27 am —

    Any critique of Star Wars that draws on the prequels is invalid. Those movies never happened.

    • December 17, 2015 at 9:14 am —


      Sorry but as far as Disney and Lucas Arts are concerned, they did happen. They’re still officially cannon. No matter how much you dislike them, it won’t change that.

      Besides were they really that bad? The way they portrayed the “galactic republic” aside, I actually thought they were pretty good stories. Even that didn’t bother me too much at the time.

      • December 17, 2015 at 1:28 pm —

        No, they were really that bad and the biggest problem was the story. People think they have trouble following it but they’re following it correctly – it just doesn’t make sense.

        Those movies are a lot like those old Sierra Adventure games. They make a lot more sense in retrospect but that’s because you know what eventually happens.

        Remember when the Jedis landed on Naboo? What if JarJar Binks hadn’t been waiting around in that forest? What was their Plan A? Were they going to walk across an entire planet expecting to get there on foot before the people in vehicles? And even if they had, what would they have done? Warned them of the approaching army? Why? Their best defense is to summon help from someone else, and that would have been a lot easier if they hadn’t just stranded themselves on the planet without a spaceship.

        In retrospect they had to be there to smuggle Amidala out, but neither the characters nor the audience knew that until it happened.

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