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Dragon Dungeon has become a Dragon Mansion thanks to all of you followers! There is an extension of Dragon Dungeon called the Dragon Gallery which post twenty four dragons a day!
P.S: *Dony holds up the 2k followers sign* Dragon Dungeon has 2k+ followers! Because of this… I declare 15 post a day so guess what that means…! MORE DRAGONS. (In addition to the other floor!)
So last week, after finishing reading Choices of One, it seemed like a pretty good time for a re-watch of Empire Strikes Back.
Being my long time favourite Star Wars film (unoriginal, I know) I’ve watched this more recently, but even so not for a year or so. And of course it was as wonderful as ever, because leaving aside the story and characterisation, it is such a beautifully shot film, both stunning and exhilarating.
When you re-watch something for the zillionth time, I find that particular things tend to jump out and get struck in my brain. The first is (and perhaps influenced by recent reading) that poor Luke spends so little time with the rest of the ‘gang’, and indeed doesn’t for the rest of the trilogy. The big three re together so very little, which is a pity because they are so awesome and fun together, but it serves wonderfully to show Luke’s loniliness in his destiny, which makes his risk of falling to the dark side so much more convincing in Jedi. It also makes you realise why giving him a foil in Mara Jade in the Thrawn trilogy books was such a good idea, becuase whilst it works fine on screen, Luke wandering around on his own the whole time might have been a bit boring on the page. (Also, Luke is an inherently likable character who really doesn’t feel like he should spend his days being alone. One thing I really hope for the sequel trilogy is that Luke has been allowed to have at least a little happiness somewhere in the last 30 odd years!)
The other thing that really struck me was that moment (pictured above) when Leia and Chewie totally lose it with Lando for betraying Han. She has such total, focused, unreasonable rage in those moments, and they come so close to killing him. Leia is fantastic throughout Empire - given that the destruction of her homeworld is never verbally mentioned again in the films, Carrie Fisher did a great job of putting across a moody, troubled Leia, even as she’s being romanced and is snarking wittily at Han. Having lost everything she unexpectedly finds love - and then has that ripped away from her too. And she looses it. And in that moment, you can maybe see why Kenobi and Yoda decided to teach Luke, not Leia, because in that moment, considering all she’s been through, I can really believe that if she’d ended up in the Emperor’s throne room, she would totally have gone over to the dark side…
Now that could have been and interesting story.
Walt Disney Animation Studios | 1937 - 2014
After seeing this post, I decided to make this. The “Experimental” era is usually referred to as Post-Renaissance. I imagine the Revival is going to continue through this decade. 2015 and beyond films listed are: (left to right) Zootopia, Giants, and Moana.
If you want to read more about each era and how they got their names, click here.
I should explain…
This is one of those vivid childhood memories that made such an impression I remember it so well even thirty years later.
I’m about six or seven years old, I suppose, on a scorching hot day at the house of friends of my older brother’s. They’re playing with Star Wars toys in the dust in the back yard, and for once I’m being allowed to join in for lack of other entertainment for me.
I pick up a particular toy – a rough looking bounty hunter type with a helmet and a big staff. I pull at the helmet, it comes off, and to my little girl surprise, underneath are feminine features. I ask one of the boys who it is, and they tell me it is Princess Leia, dressed as Boushh the bounty hunter.
A girl dressed as a boy? Doing boy things?! My young little mind is blown.
And after that when we saw Return of the Jedi on TV, I was always utterly fascinated by that scene – the Princess, not being rescued, but being the rescuer (even if, OK, it did go wrong). The girl doing everything a boy can do.
How much of an impact that little toy made on me really says something – that thirty years later I still remember it vividly. That already at that young age societies ‘norms’ for female behaviour were so ingrained in me that her existence was a shock. That somehow that simple toy, those short scenes in a film, gave me permission to be the tom boy I always was, to look at the world and think ‘I can do anything a boy can.’ A simple but powerful message I’ve carried with me the rest of my life.*
And this is why decent, meaningful female characters in films matter. Why we need Princess Leia, Mara Jade, Padme Amidala, Jaina Solo, Winter, Mirax and all the others. This is why we need Princess Leia dolls in Disney stores (and not just Slave Leia!) and far, far more than that. It’s important because yes, a silly little thing like a toy can spark possibilities in a child’s mind that can change their world for ever.**
*although as I grew up, I of course discovered that it’s not ‘I can do anything a boy can’ but that ‘I should be able to do anything a boy can, but there are a hell of a lot of social barriers in the way’.
**and that’s why we also need more people of colour, both male and female in our franchise and in our toy shops.