The day has finally arrived for my son and I to board that JetBlue jet and head on down to Orlando, Florida for Star Wars Celebration 5. We’ve been wanting to attend one of these for years, and it promises to fulfill a whole section of geek fanboy dreams that I’ve had since I was a kid. You see, my dad passed Star Wars on to me, and I in turn passed it on to my son Ethan. Just like Anakin passes the force to Luke (you see, there can me no limit to my geekiness this week).
Big names associated with the movies will be in attendance, among them (and at the top of my list) Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and George Lucas (creator of Star Wars). I’m not an autograph person, by any means, but meeting Luke Skywalker in person is pretty high on my list of fantasy things to do.
To prepare ourselves for this momentous trip, the lad and I have been watching the first season of The Clone Wars animated TV series from Cartoon Network. My son talked me into trying these out, and I have to admit they are the best things related to Star Wars to hit the screens since the credits rolled up on Return of the Jedi. Star Wars has never been so good, and this proves a point as far as I’m concerned. George, pal, it’s time to loosen up the reins on Star Wars. Not so that the quality of the film making or television becomes like diluted bantha poodoo. No. We don’t want that. But, for the fan’s sake, please hand this franchise over to some capable, younger hands and let them see what they can do with it. Supervise, produce, call some of the shots, if you need to. But let there be more Star Wars.
If something as cheeky and obviously made for children as The Clone Wars can be this good, just think what could be done with the era between Episodes III and IV. Anyway, if you haven’t seen The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network, and you’re a Star Wars fan, then I suggest you rectify that as soon as possible. They are about to start the third season this fall, and it promises to be great.
I’ll have a full report on Celebration V when I get back!