The George Takei ‘Star Wars’ Prank
Oh my…(It’s April Fools’ Day, isn’t it?)
That was my second thought yesterday morning as I browsed my Facebook feed to see this:
My first thought was, “Jedi George! That’s going to be awesome!” Then it occurred to me. “Today is April Fools’ Day. Dang it.” I didn’t think Takei was going to play an enormous role in the new movie, but just knowing that he’d be in there, even in the background, made me happy.
Because honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about the…what do we even call them? Postels? (As opposed to prequels.) The new New “Star Wars,” I guess. I’m one of those people who didn’t loathe the old…new “Star Wars” movies. (The prequels. Episodes I-III. Whatever.) Sure, they weren’t great, and yes, I did see them as a kid, so I probably couldn’t tell how wooden the acting was, or how much Jar Jar Binks and Watto resembled racial caricatures. But the pod races! The arena scene! Count Dooku (whose name never fails to make me snicker, despite Sir Christopher Lee playing DEATH and Saruman)! I enjoyed all these things about the prequels, despite their flaws in story-telling.
Now we have who-knows-how-many more new new “Star Wars” movies to look forward to/be apprehensive about. It’s not like J. J. Abrams is a rookie or anything, having had a hand in “Alias,” “Cloverfield,” “Lost,” Super 8,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” “Fringe,” and the new “Star Trek,” just to name a few. The guy knows what he’s doing.
It’s just that we, as fans, get antsy when somebody tinkers with something we love. Sure, even if somebody makes a terrible movie about a beloved franchise, that doesn’t mean we can’t get a cool new movie/reboot afterwards. But just knowing that a certain cinematic abomination exists is painful for anyone who cared about the original.
But let us put our trust in Mr. Abrams. He’s done good things before; Disney is no doubt sinking so much money into this franchise that Jack Sparrow would wet himself just hearing the number; and Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher have all been revealed as playing some role in the new movie. I don’t want to say that “Star Wars: Episode VII” is too big to fail, but it kinda is.
So, while I’m sad that George Takei won’t be in the new “Star Wars” movie (though with his following on Facebook, The Star Alliance might be able to pull a “getting Betty White on SNL“), I’m still excited about the new movies. And I bet George Takei is too.