Star Wars 30 Day Challenge
Day 11 Favourite Battle - ESB: The Battle of Hoth
My mother isn’t a big fan of sci-fi films but even she changed her mind when she saw the AT-ATs marching in the distance. I’ve already talked about how much I loved the way Vader storms through the rebel base ahead of the snowtroopers, so I won’t go on about that again here. I just think there is a tremendous amount of tension in this scene, as we watch our heroes allude Vader once again. And it is also the first time we begin to see Luke’s true power.
Day 12. All-time Favourite scene
Day 13. Favourite quote
Day 14. A scene that makes you happy
Day 15. A scene that makes you sad/angry
Day 16. A photo of your SW related things
Day 17. Favourite TPM moment
Day 18. Favourite AOTC moment
Day 19. Favourite ROTS moment
Day 20. Favourite ANH moment
Day 21. Favourite ESB moment
Day 22. Favourite ROTJ moment
Day 23. Something you wished was different
Day 24. A character you dislike
Day 25. Favourite EU book
Day 26. Favourite Obi-Wan quote
Day 27. Favourite Yoda quote
Day 28. Favourite Vader quote
Day 29. Best personal SW memory
Day 30. Why you love Star Wars.
Day 1. All time favourite character - Darth Vader
Without any hesitation, Darth Vader is my favourite character. I remember the first time I saw Star Wars, I spent the next week terrified that he was around every corner, hiding in every shadow, behind every noise I heard at night. As my love affair with the Holy Trilogy deepened, I began to fear Vader less and begin to secretly admire him. I knew I could never tell anyone that, cos let’s face it, he’s on the wrong side, but as someone who was bullied and picked on a lot as a kid, the fantasy of having Vader’s power even if for just one day was a tantalising thought. I remember watching ESB and seeing Vader storm into the Rebel base on Hoth ahead of his troops, not hiding behind them, his cape billowing in the wind and thinking, he isn’t afraid of anything. He is invincible.
Day 2. Favourite Member of the Rebellion - Princess Leia Organa (Solo)
So being a gay, obviously I love strong female characters, but even as a kid I loved the idea of this feisty, intelligent woman running this ragtag team of rebels against the might of a galactic empire. Like Vader, Leia knew no fear. In ANH she stood up to both Tarkin and Vader on the Death Star, in ESB she organised the troops at the Battle of Hoth and then in ROTJ, she infiltrated Jabba’s palace to rescue her man. Then of course there is the final revelation that she is indeed the other hope, Luke’s twin sister and thus strong in the force like her brother and father before her. As a kid, my favourite action figure was Leia in her Endor fatigues, but I decided to give her a lightsabre as obviously that would be the next step on her path.
Day 3. Favourite Member of the Empire - The Royal Guardsmen
I have always had a thing for the Emperor’s Royal Guardsmen. I’m a sucker for anyone force sensitive and wearing a red cape.
Day 4. Favourite Jedi - Asoka Tano
What’s not to love about Asoka? Apprenticed to He Who Shall Bring Balance to the Force, we don’t know her fate yet, but the idea that she may meet her end at the hands of Anakin makes watching their relationship deepen and develop all the more exciting. And no one looks as bad ass as Asoka when she’s fighting Jar’Kai style…
Day 5. Favourite Droid - EV-9D9
So I guess it is becoming quite clear that I prefer badasses and when it comes to droids, although I will always love R2, I think EV was one of the most interesting droid characters. A twisted sister who almost destroyed Cloud City, my friends and I always used to joke about an S&M scene between 3P0 and her where she whipped him whilst screeching, You are a protocol droid are you not?
Day 6. Favourite Ship - The Executor
A ship fitting for the ultimate Sith Lord, the Executor was nineteen miles of pure beauty and destructive power. I actually shed a tear when it crashed into the second Death Star…
Day 7. Favourite Sith - Asajj Ventriss
As I have already picked Vader as my all time favourite character, the place of my favourite Sith belongs to my Night Sister, Ventriss. From the first time I saw her in the Clone Wars mini series, to her further expansion in the TV series, I have loved her witchy ways. Based on one of the failed designs for what eventually became Darth Maul, I still wish we had seen her in the Unholy Trilogy, even if she was doomed to die at the end of the first movie.
Day 8. Favourite Holy Trilogy Movie - The Empire Strikes Back
As Dante says in Clerks, Empire had the better ending. I mean, Luke gets his hand cut off, finds out Vader’s his father, Han gets frozen and taken away by Boba Fett. It ends on such a down note. I mean, that’s what life is, a series of down endings. All Jedi had was a bunch of Muppets.
Day 9. Favourite Unholy Trilogy Movie - Attack of the Clones
Based purely on the fact that I waited 20 years to see Yoda wield a lightsabre and discover exactly what the Clone Wars involved, I shall go with AOTC. Otherwise, I prefer to pretend all three of these movies do not exist.
Day 10. Favourite Star Wars photo - Carrie Fisher and her stunt double sunbathing
I love this photo because I remember reading that they both kept getting in trouble from the director and continuity guy for sunbathing as it would ruin the shoot if their tans didn’t match on film. And they did it anyway! Don’t be messing with the Fisher, she’s Hollywood royalty!