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Note: this post is part of today's Spirit of America challenge. To find out what's going on and what you missed already and how to join in, please start here and scroll up. All the questions are in one happy place. 50k all the way! 47. What is your favorite scene in a Star Wars movie and why? The very first minute of the very first movie. You're sitting in the movie theater, the scrolling intro just gets done and suddenly the tip of a ship appears on the screen. It's an Imperial Star Destroyer and it is massive. It's chasing a Rebel ship, which it partly disintegrates, but not before the destoyer does a slow crawl onto the screen, revealing its enormity frame by frame. You know then and there that you are watching the coolest movie ever. 48. Say you are Princess Leia, pre-Return of the Jedi. Would you have gone for Luke or Han? If I'm Princess Leia, I'm thinking; which guy is going to help me save the universe, beat the crap out of some stormtroopers, kick Vader's ass, destroy the Death Star and be a good fuck? Sure as hell ain't that whiny bitch Luke. Wahwahawah But I was going into Toshi Station to pick up some power converters... ... wahwahwah. 49. Who do you think would do a worse job on Star Wars III: Lucas himself or Michael Moore? Tough choice. Both of them would PC the hell out of it and Lucas already did enough PCing with the whole Greedo/Han thing. Actually, I don't give a crap. As far as I'm concerned, nothing exists after Jedi was made, and even Jedi barely makes it onto my radar. Leave me alone with New Hope and Empire and I'll be a happy geek for years to come. Michael Moore would make a mighty fine Jabba, though.


"That's no moon... it's the director."

Based on that last comment, I think the answer to #41 has GOT to be Laurence

I was already laughing from the post but Laurence's comment has me in hiccups. Ouch, my sides!

LOL...Laurence made a funny.

Star Wars moments are too many to list favorites. It's like picking my favorite Simpsons character or episode.

But in the interest of self embarrassment I will select 2 moments from the newer films.

When Darth Maul pulls out the double sided light saber: Lucas screwed up alot of thing but having a martial artist play the baddie was not one of them.

When Yoda pulls out his light saber: Not the froggy when a courtin fight, just that moment he pulls out the saber. They could have ended the movie right there.

I was mad when I read Lucas wouldn't finish the trilogy of trilogies, but then I heard how badly the last 2 movies were (haven't seen them yet), so I guess it's just as well.

Bingo on #48 there, Michele...that would be my choice as well. I was 16, sitting in a surround-sound theater with my best friends, and when that star destroyer rolled through the top of the frame we all looked at each other and said, "WHOA!!!" We knew right then that we were in for a treat.

I have to tip my hat as well to the scene in "Empire Strikes Back" where Vader reveals his true identity to Luke. Call me dense, but I did NOT see that one coming. I thought the whole scene was perfectly pitched. But then "Empire" is my favorite out of all of them.

The second movie is the best of the bunch, but that's because we know that's how life works:

You try to do something good in the world, but all that happens is a little green man gets all condescending on you, your mentor tells you he lied, your hand gets cut off, your friend gets frozen and mounted on a wall, it turns out the problem is your father's fault, and the empire wins. And somewhere, off in the distance, an evil emperor is cackling with glee as his plan unfolds.

I think the entire movie series will one day need to be remade, with actual, real dialogue, and actual, real actors and actresses. The plot structure is actually fairly sound ... it's really the writing that sucks.

Is it so wrong to consider the peak of Carrie Fisher's career to be her appearance in the slave outfit at Jabba's place? I mean, all things considered?

Bah. Carrie's moments were in Blues Brothers.

-Ramming the phone booth
-Rocket launcher
-Bombing the hotel
-Machine-gunning in the sewer tunnel

Insane chick with heavy weaponry trumps chick with danishes on her head in metal bikini.

"No, I didn't. Honest. I ran outta gas. I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from outta town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake, a terrible flood, locust's. It wasn't my fault!! I swear to God!!"

Nothing like being on your knees in front of a heavily armed and scorned woman to induce one to speak the "truth"

I'll never understand women. I would have shot Jake, LOL. And then Elwood. And the Jake again.
Then again, I would have used a better bomb on the hotel, LOL.

Yeah, I think the best star wars scene is the part where Darth is all, "Who's your daddy? Oh, that's right-- it's me!"

I don't know if it's my favorite, but I've always liked the scene with Han in the detention level: "Had a slight... weapons malfunction, but everything's perfectly alright now. We're fine... we're all fine... here now, thank you. How are you?"

You mean you wouldn't want to see an Episode III where George W. Bush shows up and goes all Travis Bickle on the Jedi Knights?


Love that line. Where are those moments in the new films?


I have to agree, the first scene is one of the best openings ever. I was seven when it came out and when the star destroyer came flying over head I think it was the first time I said, “holy shit.”

#48 Absolutely right. Who needs Luke when you've got Han around? That was the only good thing to come from the third flick was getting him out of the carbonite. But then, I'd watch just about anything with Harrison Ford in it. lol