Where Were You When You Realized the Star Wars Prequels Sucked

The George Lucas Directs LOTR post today had a few people talking about their first impressions when they saw the there’snotevenanadjectivetodescribehowbaditwas Star Wars prequels.

McGee says:

I still remember my excitement and anticipation for Episode I. I was in….9th grade? I can’t even remember. I was in high school, I know that. My friends and I went to the first local showing at midnight (we were probably the only geeks there NOT dressed up as characters), and it began dawning on me about a third of the way through….this movie was terrible. The writing was bad. The story was bad. The dialogue was laughable. The acting was wooden. The special effects were great….in number, but not necessarily quality.

I was furious by the end, absolutely furious. Of course my one friend thought it was awesome, but he was (and likely still is) an imbecile with no taste in film. I, on the other hand, have very particular tastes, and I could see immediately that George Lucas had lost whatever magic he’d once had.

TDavis says:

I recall going to the midnight premiere of Episode One with several of my pals and leaving the theater, not furious, but greatly confused and sad. The thing that really put me over the top into anger is when someone asked Lucas about a particularly odd scene (The rising and falling energy walls during the final duel.)
Interviewer: “What the heck were those things going up and down during the fight scene?”
Lucas: “Oh, we’ll explain them when we do the extended version.”
Excuse me?
I just laid out good money to see Episode One.
Can I use my ticket stub to see Episode 1.2?
I’ve detested Lucas ever since.

I remember going to see Episode One the day before it was released. My friend was a projectionist and we watched it after the theater had closed so there was no crowd to gauge. I remember the music to the 20th Century Fox sign beginning which to me always brings back memories to the original movie. (Seriously, there’s no bigger disappointment when a movie from Fox uses that music for a movie that isn’t Star Wars). The opening crawl with it’s bit about trade embargos seemed a bit too much like intergalactic cspan for me but we’re in the beginning of a new trilogy. It’s forgiveable. Then, Jar Jar made his first appearance….

I went home that night in a state of denial. I think deep down I knew what I had just seen was crap but it didn’t make sense. I mean, Lucas had twenty years to hone the material. Didn’t he say that he had written the entire backstory back while developing episode iv? Twenty years of thinking about the prequels and the best he could do for the climax of Act 2 was the Tatoonian equivalent of Nascar??? No, no, it couldn’t be. I must have had some bad butter in the popcorn or something. It must be my fault. I must not have understood the complex trade relations between the people of Naboo and the, the, whatever the other people were. You know, the ones that they gave the asian accents to.

I didn’t sleep well that night. I tossed and turned and mulled over the steamping pile of bantha shit I just watched and it suddenly came to me. That movie sucked!

And you?

Inside the Googleplex

Another post about working at Google.

Rumor has it, a dude who had just joined Google had not been able to find a flat, so he lived at Google HQ for a month. He lived a lot better than Tom Hanks in The Terminal. Meals are provided, couches everywhere, there are showers in the bathrooms, a gym and a swimming machine. There are even pianos in music rooms you could use. Better than the facilities at home! The dude didn’t leave Google HQ for a month straight.

Art Teacher Loses Job After Kids See Nude Sculpture

I checked, it isn’t the John Ashcroft Memorial Elementary School.

FRISCO, Texas — An award-winning Texas art teacher who was reprimanded after one of her fifth-grade students saw a nude sculpture during a trip to a museum has lost her job.

The school board in Frisco has voted not to renew Sydney McGee’s contract after 28 years. She has been on administrative leave.

The teacher took her students on an approved field trip to a Dallas museum, and now some parents are upset.

The Fisher Elementary School art teacher came under fire last April when she took 89 fifth-graders on a field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art. Parents raised concerns over the field trip after their children reported seeing a nude sculpture at the art museum.

The parents had signed permission slips allowing their children to take part in the field trip.

McGee’s lawyer said the principal at Fisher Elementary School admonished her after a parent complained that a student had seen nude art.

Iraqi Death Toll Exceeds 600,000

Bush in 2002:

Some worry that a change of leadership in Iraq could create instability and make the situation worse. The situation could hardly get worse, for world security and for the people of Iraq. The lives of Iraqi citizens would improve dramatically if Saddam Hussein were no longer in power, just as the lives of Afghanistan’s citizens improved after the Taliban. The dictator of Iraq is a student of Stalin, using murder as a tool of terror and control, within his own cabinet, within his own army, and even within his own family.

The Wall Street Journal today:

WASHINGTON — A new study asserts that roughly 600,000 Iraqis have died from violence since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, a figure many times higher than any previous estimate.

The study, to be published Saturday in the British medical journal the Lancet, was conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health by sending teams of Iraqi doctors across Iraq from May through July. The findings are sure to draw fire from skeptics and could color the debate over the war ahead of congressional elections next month.

Rushdie Declares ‘Veils Suck’

Somebody is jonesing for another fatwah against him:

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, held to mark the opening of a new joint exhibition with sculptor Amish Kapoor, he backed Mr Straw to the hilt.

“Speaking as somebody with three sisters and a very largely female Muslim family, there’s not a single woman I know in my family or in their friends who would have accepted wearing the veil.

“I think the battle against the veil has been a long and continuing battle against the limitation of women, so in that sense I’m completely on [Straw’s] side.

“He was expressing an important opinion, which is that veils suck, which they do. I think the veil is a way of taking power away from women.”

Mr Straw triggered anger last week when he revealed he asked Muslim women visiting his constituency surgery to remove their veils.

He said that seeing someone’s face made it easier to communicate and felt the garment was a barrier to integration and good community relations.

The publication of the Satanic Verses in 1989 triggered not just the fatwah from Iran but also riots in Pakistan, India and Turkey among Muslims who felt he had insulted the prophet.