I’ve got a bad feeling about this

A few years, Thing 1, our 10-year-old began asking me about Star Wars. She didn’t know much about it except what she’d heard at school, and what she heard at school was mostly about the prequels.

Sweetie and I … OK, Sweetie doesn’t really care.

I — pretty much by myself — have worked hard to make sure our children grow up in a Jar Jar-free home.

When our daughter just a baby, I decided that, when the time was right, I’d let her watch the original Star Wars, then The Empire Strikes Back and finally Return of the Jedi, and then, and only then, would I expose her to The Phantom Menace and the other prequels, because, no matter what George Lucas says, that’s the natural order of things.

I worried sometimes that I’d waited too late to talk to her about Star Wars, so I was relieved when we were watching Empire — this was a couple years ago — and Vader says, “Luke, I am your father,” Thing 1 sat bolt upright and said, “Whoa!”

Despite everything she’d heard on the playground, despite the scene in Toy Story 2 where Zurg tells Buzz Lightyear that he’s Buzz’s father, she didn’t know. The moment still surprised her.

I had done my job.

Our youngest, Thing 2, the 4-year-old, has begun asking questions about Star Wars.

I think he’s still too young to watch the movies,I think they might be too scary, but I don’t want him to hear about this stuff on the playground. I want him to hear it from me. I don’t want him to grow up thinking Jar Jar Binks is funny or that Greedo shot first. I want him to know the truth.

I think that’s why this new public service announcement hit so close to home:


23 thoughts on “I’ve got a bad feeling about this

  1. Loved this post, Todd…reposted to Facebook for my geeky friends, e-mailing to others not on Facebook!

    Jim is a big Star Wars fan…I’ve never seen a complete movie…go figure!


    1. Thanks, Wendy! You should watch the original movie (which has since been renamed Episode IV: A New Hope) and then watch The Empire Strikes Back, but it’s OK to skip the rest of the movies. It’s all downhill from Empire.

  2. Word.

    Last year, Star Wars broke out like a rash in H’s preschool classroom. Suddenly, he was sitting at the dinner table, talking about General Grevious. I was all “What? No.”

    That’s when I summoned YouTube and introduced him to selected scenes from Episode one, with a quick, “If we’re going to do this, we’re going to do this right.”

      1. It’s OK. If you liked the first movie (where Luke gets the droids and rescues Princess Leia), go ahead and watch the second one (the one with Yoda). I think it’s at least as good as the first and maybe even better. Then, no matter how much you like Empire, walk away. Jedi and the prequels are like the last Indiana Jones movie — so bad they’ll make you wonder why you liked the others in the first place.

  3. Glad to hear you think that about the first three. The “prequels” came out just as my son was getting interested in Star Wars…those movies made me question the first three.

    1. Have you ever tried to watch the Star Wars Holiday Special? If you haven’t, it’s easy enough to Google. It’s awful. It’s just unwatchable. I tried watching it alone once after my wife and kids went to bed, and I was embarrassed. It was bad. We’re talking Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls bad.

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