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Return of the Jedi Overview

Posted in VI - The Return of the Jedi with tags on February 17, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, well I have to say that I am completely tired right now.  I had to get up at 4:45 a.m.  That’s right, you read that correctly, 4:45 a.m.!!!  Well, Heather and I had a great night last night with the Roberts Wesleyan College Wind Ensemble.  They put on an amazing concert and it was good to see my trumpet professor, Dr. Paul Shewan.  Sometimes things never change, and Paul razzed on me all night long.  However, as an adult I feel that I didn’t take it personally, but just Paul having fun like he always did on Wind Ensemble Tour.  It was a great night, and we had four very nice young ladies stay at our house that night.  However, they needed to be back to the church by 6:45 a.m. so they could get going by 7 to 7:30 a.m.  I also had to be to my school early because the percussion group I help teach (called SMASH based on the premis of STOMP) was having a concert at one of the elementary schools that morning.  So, we did our performance and came back to the school and by this point I was completely exhausted, but had to teach four more periods out of my day.  I got home and crashed!

Tonight I started to work on the website for STAR productions.  I should have it all up and running by the end of the weekend going into the beginning of next week.  I’m also finnishing up the Special Edition of “The Jedi Council Speaks” and I am excited to try and get it out by March 1st.  I have a feeling for some, this Special Edition may be controversial.  But hey, you all know I’m all about controversy!

Anyway, onto my overall review of Return of the Jedi……


Overall:  I really HATED The Return of the Jedi!  I really think this movie is even more kiddish and less as impressive as even The Phantom Menace when it comes to dealing with the Star Wars audience and the Star Wars fans.  I really think Lucas did a horrible job putting this movie together and I think the issues he may have been having in his personal life at the time of the production of this movie actually caused him to produce a sub-par Star Wars movie.  The plot was bland, special effects were starting to get old (most of the effects in this movie had already been done before) and the action was boring.  That’s right, the only two things that Lucas do well, special effects and action, were completely missing in this movie.  There was only one lightsaber duel and it was lame at best, the battle on Endor was almost unbelievable, especially considering Ewoks supposedly beat a whole three legions of stormtroopers, and the space battle was boring from the point of view it was told.  The movie started off interesting, but by the end of the movie, it lost it’s flair.  Well, onto each of the individual character reviews:

Luke Skywalker:  **** (4)

“Luke’s role in this movie, although critical, was really downplayed by the need to “save” Vader from what he had become.  I almost wanted to take Luke Skywalker aside in the middle of the movie and say, “moron, it’s too late for your dad!  Do all you can to save yourself and stop trying to reconvert the converted.”

“And how about Luke’s fighting on the second Death Star.  He keeps running and hiding from Vader and the Emporer.”

“Hey, notice that Mark Hamill hasn’t landed another realistically serious acting role since this movie.  A coincidence or not?  I don’t think so.”

 

C3-PO:  *** (3)

“He complains, sputters out useless information and seems to just waste camera time to no end.”

“Again, I don’t blame Anthony Daniels for any bad acting, I just blame others for poor writing for this character.”

“This character seemed to add no value to this movie, and I really don’t have much else to add.”

 

R2D2:  ******* (7)

“R2D2’s role in this movie was actually pretty cool.”

“He was a little more aggressive in this movie and I actually enjoyed how he had an impact on the movie and on the Star Wars storyline.”

“R2 uses great gadgets and seems to be a little more involved in this movie.  He becomes a meaningful character and we get to see some of the old R2D2 humor that first shows up in A New Hope.”

Princess Leia:  *** (3)

“Well, you really can’t talk about Princess Leia’s role in Return of the Jedi without talking about the “Slave Girl” costume.  Why?  Well, let’s face it, Princess Leia looked HOT in that outfit and made every guy want to go and watch this movie just for that outfit.”

“Unfortunately, that is the only reason to watch this movie as far as Princess Leia is concerned.  Leia’s acting and role in this film are absolutely pointless and have little bearing over the Star Wars storyline and little bearing over my feelings for her or the plight of anyone around her.”

“Carrie Fisher was probably one of the worst actresses I’ve ever seen!”

 

Han Solo:  ********* (9)

“Well, Han Solo is really one of the bright spots of this whole movie.”

“Han Solo becomes likable and lovable and I think many guys connect with his sarcasm and humor throughout this movie.”

“Plus, Han Solo comes up with some innovative ways to attack people like tricking the reinforcements on the moon of Endor into opening the doors to the shield generator.”

Lando Calrissian:  ******** (8)

“Lando became a true member of the Rebel Alliance and by the time this movie starts, we really feel like Lando is part of the Rebellion “family”.”

“Lando’s role, although extremely small, had a rather large impact on this movie and the Star Wars storyline.”

 

Chewbacca:  *** (3)

“Chewbacca’s role in this movie was minor and unimportant at best.”

“I just feel that Lucas somehow got bored with Chewie’s character and didn’t know where to go with him.”

“I think that Timothy Zahn found a way to revitalize Chewie’s role in the Star Wars universe in a much more profound way than Lucas ever did after The Empire Strikes Back.”

Admiral Ackbar:  ****** (6)

“Ackbar represents the Mon Calamari race and reminds us with his strong role in this movie that the fight of the Rebels in the Star Wars universe is not just a fight of humans, but of all the species involved in the Star Wars universe.”

 

General Madine:  **** (4)

“He didn’t play the rough and tumble military leader and really didn’t do much to help the forest team on Endor.  His entire mission almost got botched and he wasn’t even with the troops he sent out on the mission.  If this mission were that important, then Madine should have been with those troops on Endor.”

 

Mon Mothma:  ****** (6)

” THIS is the type of woman that I think most women wanted out of Princess Leia that they never got.”

“Even though she was only a minor character, her role had a powerful impact both on the story and the outcome of the movie.”

 

Wicket:  **** (4)

“First off, why don’t we ever see exactly what Wicket is saying?”

“Second, what was the point behind Wicket? ”

 

Darth Vader:  ****** (6)

“Well, Darth Vader was my favorite bad guy of all movies up until I saw this movie.”

“Then we get to Return of the Jedi, and Vader turns into this wimpy character that bows down to the Emporer and lets him do all the dirty work.”

“I just hated Vader’s character in this movie in particular and Lucas blew up all the work he had done in creating this awe-inspiring bad-guy for this movie and I was dissapointed that he did it.”

 

Emperor Palpatine:  ********** (10)

“I really think he is the epitome of the Dark Side of the Force and really strikes fear in every Star Wars fan’s soul.”

“I will never forget some of the catch phrases the Emperor Palpatine has in this movie and the scratchy tone with which he says these phrases.”

” I was greatly impressed with the role that Ian McDiarmid played in this movie.  He was a stunning actor and a guy that seemed to come out of nowhere as far as the Hollywood film industry is concerned.”

 

Boba Fett:  ******* (7)

“Although people downplay the existence of Boba Fett in this movie, I like to think that his role is vastly important.  Jabba needs Boba around in order to try and maintain order both in and outside his palace.”

“I think the sadest part of the Boba Fett story is the way Boba goes down.”

Jabba the Hutt:  ******** (8)

“Although I didn’t expect Jabba to be a big “blob” type figure I still respected him as being the big gansta boss that I knew that Jabba was.”

“I really appreciate all of the work that Lucas and his crew into creating Jabba and bringing Jabba to life.”

 

Admiral Piett:  ****** (6)

“Piett was on “The Avenger” when it was struck in the bridge by an A-Wing and taken down towards the end of this movie.  It’s a shame that Piett had to go down in this way, but I really respected this charcter through this movie and The Empire Strikes Back.”

Yoda:  ****** (6)

“As a child I became very hooked on Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back and I truly believe that last thing I expected to witness was the demise of my favorite characer (at the time).”

“Thank you George Lucas for not only creating one of my favorite childhood characters, but letting him die in dignity.”

 

Character List

Luke Skywalker:  **** (4)

C3-PO:  *** (3)

R2D2:  ******* (7)

Princess Leia:  *** (3)

Han Solo:  ********* (9)

Lando Calrissian:  ******** (8)

Chewbacca:  *** (3)

Admiral Ackbar:  ****** (6)

General Madine:  **** (4)

Mon Mothma:  ****** (6)

Wicket:  **** (4)

Darth Vader:  ****** (6)

Emperor Palpatine:  ********** (10)

Boba Fett:  ******* (7)

Jabba the Hutt:  ******** (8)

Admiral Piett:  ****** (6)

Yoda:  ****** (6)

TJCS and Podomatic/Important Anouncement/Yoda

Posted in VI - The Return of the Jedi, VII - The Jedi Council Speaks Podcast with tags , on February 15, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, so it is official.  “The Jedi Council Speaks” has officially shut down on Podomatic network.  I knew it was only inevitable.  So, if you want to get my podcasts from this point on (at least until the first week in March, when Podomatic will open me up for four days again), you can go to my mirror site at:  http://www.ourmedia.org/user/64604.  There are advantages and disadvantages upon using OurMedia.  Unfortunately, peopl can’t post comments there.  However, you can still post comments to the Podomatic page.  You also can’t call the phone number on that page, but that option is still available at Podomatic too.  I apologize for the inconvenience, but all of this is to try to keep this project alive and quite honestly, free.  I can barely afford the shirt on my back, much less a paying podcast site.

Okay, onto my Important Announcement.  That’s right, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!!  TJCS is now backed by a company that is being backed by myself and my family and we hope to start working our way in to Star Wars Fan Audio by creating some Audio Drama’s and Audio Comedy and Parodies over the next few years.  The dream and hope of this company is to also back us in our endeavours to also explore the world of “Lord of the Rings”  The name of the company is Souther Tier Audio Recording or STAR for short.  Next week there will be the announcement of a STAR webpage and you will be able to go there to find out what projects STAR will be supporting in the future.  Look for that info right here on The Jedi Council Blog and there will be a link to the right once the webpage is up and running.

Finally, it’s time to talk about Yoda in Return of the Jedi.  This will be the last character wrap-up for this movie.  Tommorrow night I will not be blogging as I will be watching the Roberts Wesleyan College Wind Ensemble in concert at my church, so I won’t have the ability to blog.  On Friday night’s blog, I plan to wrap this all up by putting up a wrap-up of Return of the Jedi.  This means that I will be reviewing Revenge of the Sith starting Saturday and then we will be starting on the books in Star Wars chronological order.

Yoda:  ****** (6)


Okay, I DO believe in saving the best for last.  That is why I decided to save Yoda’s role in Return of the Jedi for last.  Yes, I know this is out of order, but I can’t help but have a little bit of heart for the little guy.  As a child I became very hooked on Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back and I truly believe that last thing I expected to witness was the demise of my favorite characer (at the time).  Then it happened.  I somehow knew it had to, but I had convinced myself that Yoda couldn’t die.  I really like how Yoda simply died in peace.  No yelling, no screaming, and even very little crying.  He literally dissappeared.  PERFECT!  Lucas was a genius in developing the death of Yoda and I give him great credit for doing it this way.  It was respectful and understandable.

I really liked how Yoda decided to tell Luke about the existence of another Skywalker.  He let Luke figure it out and just like everything else that Yoda did, he let Luke learn things on his own.  Although Yoda’s role in this movie was minor, it was important to me as an adult and a child to see Yoda’s life brought to an end and to see him go in a way that was acceptable by all.  Thank you George Lucas for not only creating one of my favorite childhood characters, but letting him die in dignity.  That is why I give Yoda a:

Yoda:  ****** (6)

TJCS Podcast/Admiral Piett

Posted in VI - The Return of the Jedi, VII - The Jedi Council Speaks Podcast with tags , on February 14, 2006 by jedicouncil

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

Well, because of budget constraints, my wife and I are doing NOTHING for Valentine’s Day because we can’t afford to and she really has to work tonight in order for us to get “The Lady Luck” (our Ford Escort) back into service.  Things are still a little tough trying to get things together using only one car.  Especially because we’re housing four girls on Thursday from my Alma Mater after the concert and we haven’t figured out how we’re going to get them here with my entire family.  We may have to do it in shifts.

Okay, so today’s blog will be short but sweet.  I just started to do the math with my podcast today and I realized that with over sixty subscribers and over two-hundred feedviews a day, I think it’s only time before I loose my podcast because of exceeding the seven and a half gigabyte bandwidth.  My backup is to start relying on my OurMedia page as the backup to the podcast show.  This is why I started my OurMedia page in the first place.  If you need to check out that page, you can find it at the link to the right of this post.

Tonight’s blog is going to be about the role of Admiral Piett in the movie, Return of the Jedi…..

Admiral Piett:  ****** (6)


Admiral Piett was dwarfed by the existence of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi.  It’s a shame, too, because I think Piett did exactly what was expected of him in this movie.  He became a great “yes man” like Vader became in this movie.  However, I believe that Piett somehow becomes the “yes man” with dignity.  I guess you could say that I respect him because he did what was asked of him and he did it so successfully that he died trying to follow orders.  Piett was on “The Avenger” when it was struck in the bridge by an A-Wing and taken down towards the end of this movie.  It’s a shame that Piett had to go down in this way, but I really respected this charcter through this movie and The Empire Strikes Back.  Overall, I liked this character and gave him a:

Admiral Piett:  ****** (6)

Jabba the Hutt

Posted in VI - The Return of the Jedi with tags on February 13, 2006 by jedicouncil

Well, yesterday was a day of rest for the blog and for the Crissman household.  I decided that I needed a much deserved day of rest.  Heather and I got up and went to church.  We were so exhausted that we actually came home and took a nap, which we haven’t done since the kids were younger and we couldn’t get a full night’s sleep.  We are on the “pinch” now as we try to get ready for this week.  This Thursday my alumni college Wind Ensemble is coming to our church to play a concert at night.   We’re hoping we get a great audience and we are praying we find enough people to house students so we don’t have to be nervous about that anymore, either.  We’re nervous and excited all at once.  I’m also personally excited as the group I help teach, called SMASH (which is a take on STOMP) is going to be performing at a local Elementary School.  This is cool because I love performing for young kids because they’re so energetic.

Today was another “ho-hum” Monday.  I felt as though I was playing catch-up from last week, but I always seem to feel that way on a Monday.  I really am hoping that I can make it through this week without snapping before next week.

An update on “The Jedi Council Speaks” and Podomatic for everyone.  Podomatic reset their website stats over the weekend so it seems I’m safe for now.  I’ve been checking my stats and I’m not sure how long that will hold up for.  I’m just nervous that my podcast site will get shut down.  However, I do have a back-up plan if that does happen.  I will keep all informed as I keep track of this.  Time to talk about Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi…..

Jabba the Hutt:  ******** (8)


Jabba’s role in Return of the Jedi was incredible to me.  He was not what I expected from this character and he surprised me at what was created in order for this character to exist.  Jabba really was a unique character in the fact that Lucas had to create a new way to look at creatures and have them move and talk.  Although I didn’t expect Jabba to be a big “blob” type figure I still respected him as being the big gansta boss that I knew that Jabba was.  He really was a vile and vulgar character and as a child I was repulsed by Jabba’s drewl and total “fatness” (I’m not sure that is a word).  I was also grossed out at seeing him eat whole frogs.  As an adult, I just think Jabba is cool.  He’s cool looking and now that I know what it took to make that character come to life, it was well worth it.

I really appreciate all of the work that Lucas and his crew into creating Jabba and bringing Jabba to life.  He really looked realistic and as far as computer graphics have come, I don’t think that computers can create things as realisitic as the real thing.   In this case, Jabba was very realistic and was an incredible example of this.  I would like to thank everyone who brought Jabba to life.  The guys that worked his mouth and eyes all the way down to the guy that worked Jabba’s tail.  Besides, Jabba had the EXCELLENT idea of putting Princess Leia in that bikini costume and having all those females dancing around in his palace.  And his band was incredible.  I think that was cutting edge type music and we’re not going to realize this until later in the future.  Jabba simply was a believable, incredible gangster character and it’s a shame that he had to be choked to death by Princess Leia, but fi I were to die, I think that would be the last vision I would want to see (besides my wife of course *wink, wink*).  So, with all of that in mind, that’s why I gave Jabba a:

Jabba the Hutt:  ******** (8)

Busy Days/Boba Fett

Posted in VI - The Return of the Jedi with tags on February 11, 2006 by jedicouncil

Well, today seemed to be a little less buisy, but buisy enough in itself.  The kids and I watched the Olympic opening ceremony last night.  What a ceremony!  I thought it was wonderful to have such a variety of performers on one stage and I think it really highlighted the Italian culture to a point that everyone felt a part of the ceremonies.  I believe the two best points in the evening were seeing the Formula One race car rip around the stage creating smoke with it’s burning tires (which my son thought was awesome!), and Pavarotti’s ending with the aria.  It was breathtaking and amazing and as  a music teacher I really appreciated the beauty of the song.  I have to say that I was amazed that Pavarotti is really starting to show his age.  Who knows how long Pavarotti will actually be around for.  It will be a shame when he dies and I know I will shed a tear for the day that it happens.

 

 

Today was packed like the rest of my week was packed and I’ve decided that my days are going to be like that up and until I have my Winter break two weeks from now.  Today I had a SMASH performance at the school at 3:00 and I admittedly slept in until 11 a.m. with my wife simply because I had to catch up on the sleep I lost this week during the regular portion of the week.  Then we got up and rushed around a little to get ourselves out the door on time.  Jim wanted us at the High School at 2:15 to practice and when we got there we found out that our performance area was cut in half and we didn’t have a chance to warm up the way we wanted to.  However, despite all of this, we still did a pretty good job with the performance.  I think the highlight of the show, as of right now is the routine we do with Pringle Cans.  If I ever get a video of it, I will put it on my OurMedia page for all of you to check out.  Anyway, we had to race home and get changed for the “Daddy/Daughter” Dance at our school that my two girls wanted to go to.  We had a blast, but I was very disappointed at the other fathers at the dance.  I was one of about three fathers that actually got out on the dance floor and danced with their daughter.  The rest of the fathers simply sat on the side and talked and let their daughters do all of the dancing.  I have to say the entire dance was better than the other two dances that Ruth and I went to at Chenango Forks combined.  The D.J.’s were cool and gave away all sorts of cool stuff to the girls that went there like glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces and cool hats.  Overall, we had a lot of fun.

 

 

So, onto the real reason you’re all here, I want to talk briefly about the role of Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi…..

Bob Fett:  ******* (7)


Boba Fett had a relatively small but important role in the beginning of Return of the Jedi.  Fett was around Jabba’s palace and around the Sail Barge when it was decided that Han Solo and his friends had to die.  Although people downplay the existence of Boba Fett in this movie, I like to think that his role is vastly important.  Jabba needs Boba around in order to try and maintain order both in and outside his palace.

 

 

I think the sadest part of the Boba Fett story is the way Boba goes down.  But, before we get to that point, I have to say that it was really cool to see Boba flying through the air using his jet-pack.  Of course, then Boba dies in the most horrific way for any Boba Fett fan.  He goes to attack Luke when his jet-pack is hit by Han using a Vibroblade by mistake and is sent flying into the pit of Carkoon and dies in the Sarlaac Pit.

However, as an aside, I recently learned from my friend Nathaniel Harnett that Boba Fett, at least according to the books and videogames, survives the Sarlaac Pit.  So, although Boba Fett fans were upset at the loss of their beloved character, they can breath easy that Boba was spared by Lucas’ cohorts in books and the expanded universe.

 

 

Although his role was limited in this movie and seemed to play a small role in Return of the Jedi, I was very excited by his apperance in this movie and felt that he deserved some respect.  That’s why I gave Boba Fett a:

 

 

Bob Fett:  ******* (7)

Electrical Playtime/Emperor Palpatine

Posted in VI - The Return of the Jedi with tags on February 10, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, so last night seemed to fall apart shortly after I blogged with all of you.  If you all didn’t know, my wife has now switched to working closes at her workplace, which has made things a little harder on me.  When she works nights, I have a hard time going to sleep without her in bed beside me.  It’s amazing how quickly you get used to something like that and it’s amazing how it can be devastating when someone is not there.  Anywho, I went to go upstairs to go to bed last night when I noticed the one light bulb in our kitchen was out.  For most people this should be an easy experience.  You know, take out the old light bulb, and put in a new one.  Well, NOT for me!  I have to take an inane experience and turn it into something more than it had to be.  When I went to unscrew the light bulb, it came completely out of the socket, but the part of the light bulb that screws into the socket stayed.  Oh no, pulverized! (For those of you who have seen the movie “The Christmas Story”)  So, I decided to take a page out of the Boy Scout Handbook.  I went downstairs and turned the breakers off to the kitchen and cut a potato in half.  I then went over to the light and started to put the potato into the light and turn.  The concept seemed to be working as I felt a little bit of resistance, yet the bulb base seemed to be turning and coming out.  However, I got about three quarters of the way out of the socket and the potato go stuck on the upper side of the light socket.  So, I went over to the counter by the stove to get a knife to cut the potato off the light when I turned to watch the entire light fixture fall to the floor and shatter into a million pieces.  Not only did the light fixture come down, but so did the ceiling fan that it was attached to.  Later I came to find out that like other things in this house, the fan and light weren’t anchored or connected properly.  So, it is now going on one in the morning and things were just not looking good.  So, I took everything and swept it into the corner and went to bed.  Of course, when my wife came home at two in the morning, to her, it looked like World War Three had occurred in the Kitchen.  This was not boding well for my Friday.

 

 

I woke up early this morning and finished taking down what was left of the light fixture and told Heather what we needed.  She pointed out that she would like to replace the other light fixture because she didn’t like that fixture either.  So, Heather found a great deal at Lowe’s.  Two light fixtures for under $20!  Can’t ask for anything better than that.  She also got a new dimmer switch for the downstairs home theater room as the old dimmer was blown when I almost lost my life and got zapped last Saturday (read the appropriate blog and you’ll know what I mean).  So, I came home and was ready to do some electrical work before my wife had to go to work.  We turned the breaker off to the kitchen again and started to finish taking down both light fixtures and pulling out wires.  Funny things wires are.  Especially when you didn’t put them in.  The first time I put the light over the fridge together and turned the power on, the light worked and the switch worked, but for some reason (after my daughter discovered it), the power to the bathroom was now gone.  That’s when I realized that the power to the bathroom was going through the box for the light.  Now things got complicated again.  So we tried reconnecting wires, changing connections and nothing was working.  We decided to take digital pics of everything and off to Lowe’s we went.  We showed the guy at Lowe’s what we were doing and said there should be no problem.  Then the inevitable thought occurred to him.  He asked, “Are you sure the white wires are white and the blacks are black.  It’s possible they didn’t color code the wires like they were supposed to be.  This is common in older homes”.  DUH!  Why couldn’t I think of that?  So, we went back to the house and hooked up the white to the black and the black to the white and sure enough, everything worked!  So it just goes to show that you can never trust the color of the wire.

 

 

Well, it’s time to talk about what you’re all here to talk about, and that is Star Wars.  So, it’s time to talk about the Emperor Palpatine and his role in Return of the Jedi…..

Emperor Palpatine:  ********** (10


I thought the role of the Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi more than made up for the pitiful role that Darth Vader had in this movie.  Darth Vader became this “yes boy” to a man that both as a child and even as an adult I cringe in fear about.  I really think he is the epitome of the Dark Side of the Force and really strikes fear in every Star Wars fan’s soul.  I will never forget some of the catch phrases the Emperor Palpatine has in this movie and the scratchy tone with which he says these phrases.  Phrases like, “from here you will witness the final destruction of the Rebel Alliance.” Or, “Strike me down.  Your hate flows within you.”  All of these lines will forever be linked to the Emperor Palpatine in my mind and I think that he truly embodies the evil in Star Wars.

 

 

I was completely blown away by the power the Dark Side had when dealing with the final battle scene.  I hadn’t even heard of the possibility that the Force being used as a lightning bolt being able to strike others down, yet in this movie we see the awe-inspiring power of the Dark Side of the Force.  And the wrinkly half-covered face of the Emperor Palpatine made him even scarier and even more powerful in my eyes.  I wasn’t sure if I would like having such a powerful Sith Master in a movie and I definitely had high expectations for that Sith Master to fulfill and in this case, the Emperor Palpatine fulfilled my expectations and then some.

 

 

And then there is the actor behind the role.  I was greatly impressed with the role that Ian McDiarmid played in this movie.  He was a stunning actor and a guy that seemed to come out of nowhere as far as the Hollywood film industry is concerned.  Ian impressed me both with the ability to act with such intensity and evil expectations, but he also had to do so with a ton of make-up on and many distractions to have to work with.  His ability to make the Emperor Palpatine so dark and so sinister is what gave this character depth and human compassion to others.  By the end of the movie you almost felt sorry that this guy was so cocky that he couldn’t even see his own Empire falling down around his ears.  As an actor and as a character, the Emperor Palpatine is the ultimate Sithly evil in the universe.  That is why I gave the Emperor Palpatine a:

 

 

Emperor Palpatine:  ********** (10)

Darth Vader

Posted in VI - The Return of the Jedi with tags on February 9, 2006 by jedicouncil

Okay, so today was “Judgement Day” as it were.  I was really upset about the car last night and Heather and I needed to come up with a game plan today to try and figure out exactly what we are going to do with the car.  Our favorite car (nicknamed “The Lady Luck”) is really on it’s way out and we need to decide if we want to “kill” it now or later.  Well, we also called my parents last night and discussed another option.  That option would be to take on their Ford Taurus.  Although the Taurus has a better reputation than the Escort we discussed the situation with my parents last night about the Taurus and came to find out that the Taurus may ultimately be in worse shape than our Escort.  We also got a call from the mechanics shop today and he wants our car off his lot so he can put other cars there.  We asked him to give us till tommorrow to take care of it and he graciously did.

Well, this weekend looks incredibly buisy for me and I’m not sure that the “blogging” will be keeping up this weekend and through next week.  Although, I have come to find out that I can edit the blogs and “post blog”, meaning that I can post blogs on days later and then go back and edit the date.  So, I think you all may be seeing that from me more often.  Today seemed to be back to a normal pace other than having to decide what we are going to do with our car.  It’s just depressing to be making so little as a teacher and to have to be struggling so much.  I work so hard as a teacher and just feel as though I’m never “ahead” for all of my work.  Besides, as I said to Heather, in other workplaces I may be able to pick up extra hours, or do other things to try to make more money, like work overtime.  However, when you are a teacher, you simply don’t have those options,  Sometimes it makes it harder.  I know people rip on teachers and say they have it “easy”, but I say to those people that if you think teachers have it easy, then come and walk a day in my shoes and I think you will find out that it is not as easy as it looks on paper.

Okay, so onto the “bad guys” and time to talk about Darth Vader and his role in The Return of the Jedi…..

Darth Vader:  ****** (6)


Well, Darth Vader was my favorite bad guy of all movies up until I saw this movie. I have to say that I have a real hard time not comparing the Darth Vader of The Empire Strikes Back with the Darth Vader of Return of the Jedi.  They seem to be two completely different characters both in the way they are developed and the power that they exume throughout the movies.

Remember Vader from the end of The Empire Strikes Back?  You know, the one that was able to throw things in the air at a moment’s notice and use The Force in ways that we never thought possible.  He was also so intimidating that he wouldn’t think twice about choking his own admirals at a moments notice.  Then we get to Return of the Jedi, and Vader turns into this wimpy character that bows down to the Emporer and lets him do all the dirty work.  For example, the one Admiral at the beginning of the movie informs Vader that production on the Second Death Star is behind schedule.  So Vader’s reaction was saying, “The Emporer will be most displeased with you.”.  I remember thinking, “What?  You idiot, choke him!!  You have your opportunity, use your powers!” but he didn’t.  He simply gave him a verbal abuse.  A verbal warning.  Then Vader let’s Luke’s shuttle land on Endor because the Emporer told him to and then instead of just killing Luke at the end of the movie, he plays around with him not really using any of his powers.  Don’t you think he would want to show off in front of his Sith Master?  You would think so, but not Vader, he doesn’t need to.  Then Vader saves Luke and comes out looking like the good guy.

What happened to my bad-ass Vader bad-guy between these movies?  It was most dissapointing seeing this happen to Vader both as a child and as an adult.  I just hated Vader’s character in this movie in particular and Lucas blew up all the work he had done in creating this awe-inspiring bad-guy for this movie and I was dissapointed that he did it.  With this in mind I gave Vader a:

Darth Vader:  ****** (6)