Archive for May, 2007

30 Years Ago In A Drive-In That No Longer Exists…

May 25, 2007

starwarslogo1.jpgHas it been thirty years already? I guess it has. Three decades ago today Star Wars was released and it changed the world — including the world of one nine-year old boy who first saw the menacing Imperial Star Destyroyer fly overhead in pursuit of a Rebel Blockade Runner on a large drive-in screen in Fountain Valley, CA. Now that scene was quite impressive against the night sky.

I was hooked from the very first commanding notes of John Williams‘ score. There was no denying it — this was a movie made for a kid just like me. I’m nerdy enough to get caught up in quoting the films when someone else starts. The only thing that I play on my Sony PSP is Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy.

Sure, over the last thirty years I might not always be super keen on where the jugernaut sci-fi franchise has been led… The prequels, eh. The novels post Timothy Zahn and early Kevin Anderson efforts, also eh. I can appreciate the “special edition” versions of the original trilogy to a certain degree — to me Han will always shoot first.

My freshman year in high school I was one of those geeks waiting in line over night to see Return of the Jedi on opening day at the “Big Newport.”

I’ve owned and lost more Star Wars action figures than I can remember. Yeah, I had the Early Bird Certificate Package for when the figures were first released. Currently I still collect various Artoo-Detoo figures.

I dig Boba Fett. That’s obvious by the license plate on my truck.

I’m bummed that I won’t be able to attend the Star Wars Celebration happening in Los Angeles this weekend. Just to much going on.

Someday I might even get around to having my girlfriend watch Star Wars — all six and in order. She’s never seen any of them — yet I still love her.

The Sun Rises Again For Studio 60

May 23, 2007

studio60returns524.jpgSo… Apparently there is something to make me come out of my blogging hybernation and type up a new post — the return of Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. Well, it’s returning to television for at six weeks anyways. Word was already out that the show did not survive the cancellation chopping block awhile ago, but I remained hopeful that I’d at least get to see a few more shows that were already in the can. And last night I saw the promotion spot (while watching the season finale of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — another quality program) that Studio 60 was in fact returning — for six episodes to be run during ER‘s usual Thursday night 10:00 PM slot.

Six additional episodes of Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip is better than nothing at all.