Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Countdown to Mos Eisley

I think I'll introduce the form layout in this post.



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


Countdown to Extinction by Megadeth, the 1992 record that eschewed traditional speed metal tactics for lyrics about skydiving and the ocassional acoustic guitar. Also noted for popularizing the phrase "man-pussy" (amongst me, mostly). As usual, I started the album after the second drumroll in the 20th Century Fox fanfare.


- The line "that which doesn't kill me only makes me stronger" in "Skin O' My Teeth" is heard as the Star Destroyer shoots the Tantive IV, rocking the droids inside.

- "Symphony of Destruction" begins as the Tantive IV is being captured by the Star Destroyer. As the orchestra tune-up plays, the rebel troops look above them as if it's playing over some hidden sound system. Then, when the song actually starts, the camera is on a rebel soldier who fixes his eyes from the ceiling to the door in front of him.

- The lines "acting like a robot/his metal brain corrodes" in "Symphony" are heard as Darth Vader makes his entrance.

- The blistering solo in "Symphony" ends at the same moment the rebel that Vader was choking hits the ground.

- Vader comes to a stop at the end of a corridor aboard the Tantive IV at the same moment Dave Mustaine says, "Huh!" in "Architecture of Aggression."

- As Luke is trying to figure out what's up with the hologram of Princess Leia, the line "this was the road to destiny" in "This Was My Life" is heard.

- The phrase "catatonic state" in "High Speed Dirt" is heard as we see Luke lying on the ground after the Tusken Raider attack, who is either dead or catatonic until Obi-Wan revives him.

- As the camera fixes on the charred corpses of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, the line "it can't be worse than this" is heard in "Captive Honour."


I don't think I'll be alerting CNN about this one.

You know, I've never been too clear on that scene following the Tusken Raider attack. Does Obi-Wan rouse Luke from a blackout, or does he bring him back from the dead? In the Star Wars NES game, whenever a character ran out of lives, you could click on Obi-Wan and the "deceased" character would return. That seems to suggest Jedis possess a God-like power.

However, you'd think that if re-animation was a Jedi skill, Kenobi would bring himself back to life after Vader cut him down. Instead, he just turns up later on as a blue ghost. WTF? LOL, Kenobi.

I'm sure there's some lengthy explanation in the Star Wars Databank or in some EU book. In a way, I kind of prefer not knowing. Leaves it open to interpretation.

I went to library yesterday to look for some of those "essential" albums I never got around to buying, and would you believe they had no Michael Jackson? No Zeppelin, either! Why, there was nary a Springsteen album to be seen! Plenty of Bon Jovi and James Taylor, though. I guess I know what to get the Deltona Public Library for Christmas next year. CDs!


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