Eclipse Craze / Obi-Wan Movie

Good morning/afternoon/evening!(covering all bases here, just in case)

So the eclipse will be coming to many areas next Monday, and people are getting very excited. Everywhere people are making massive preparations. Schools are buying hundreds of special glasses for the kids (and in some cases, canceling school even after buying all the glasses), people have made massive travel plans, parties are being held, and people are generally going a little nuts.

I don’t get it.

I think one of the first things I ever wanted to be in life when I was a small child was an astronaut. I wanted so badly to leave Earth’s bounds, to venture into the stars, to see the world as few had ever before seen it, and to see new things. I was obsessed with movies like Star Wars, The Last Starfighter, and even Space Camp. I talked my parents into buying me a telescope (which I never could get to work correctly) because I wanted to see the stars. I have watched countless documentaries and read so many articles about space, our solar system, and the universe. I felt almost a physical pain when Pluto was demoted to a minor planet. I still love all this.

So why can’t I get too excited over an eclipse? I want to. I see all these people so excited, and I want to feel that anticipation and joy, but I don’t quite feel it. I almost have a meh feeling about it. I mean it’ll be cool to witness, I suppose, but I’m not going out of my way. It doesn’t seem all that magical to me. I don’t know, but I wish I was excited by it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to get as excited by it as some are getting. People are flying halfway around the world for this thing. People are paying a thousand dollars for a hotel room that they could have rented one day sooner for $100. Rental car prices are through the roof, and airline prices are ridiculous. It’s going to be big money for all those companies, and they are raking it in with a smile. Not quite sure why anyone is willing to dump several months pay just to take their family to see an eclipse, but whatever. Their money, not mine. I guess people have to have their vacations, and that’s basically what this is for them, so maybe it’s a good thing. I just wish the companies weren’t taking such advantage of people by raising prices so much. I know, I know, supply and demand. Free market principles and all that. Still…

So have you heard they have announced a new Obi-Wan movie? This is going to be cool. Much cooler than the eclipse. Obi-Wan is one of my favorite Star Wars characters, and I’m glad to see that he’s getting his own movie. They haven’t announced who will play Obi-Wan, but I am hopeful it’ll be Ewan McGregor.

There was something special about the McGregor version of the character. Alec Guinness was amazing in the role, but the Ewan McGregor version was a little more fun and snarky. I like that in a character. Of course much of the difference between how they were portrayed could go down as character age, but I still liked the McGregor version slightly better in some ways.

I feel like a traitor saying that.

I am kind of torn on how they should go with the story line. If they go to a very early Obi-Wan they’d have to recast, which might be okay if they did a good job. It could be a disaster if they cast the wrong person, though. A story about a young Obi-Wan would be entertaining in a lot of ways, because they could give more background on the character and show how he grew to be a great Jedi.

But an older Obi-Wan, somewhere between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, would be interesting as well. However, if you make it something that takes place between those two then you’d have a very strict story line to mesh with, because it has to fit in with Obi-Wan coming to Tatooine to watch out for Luke. Though there are some stories that could be told about Obi-Wan either leaving Tatooine briefly and having duels with Sith or the likes, or the Sith coming to find him or Luke and Obi-Wan getting involved that way.

It would actually be easier to make the early life version, I think. I don’t know, I’m anxious to see what they do.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend!