(Originally appeared on danieljhogan.com)
I was over at Stephanie’s the other day, and we caught the end of Star Wars: A New Hope on TV.
The Death Star exploded, and Stephanie said, “You know, I haven’t really watched the original films all the way through as an adult.”
I clapped my hands together and sang, “I can arrange that–I have all three on VHS.”
“Because they are the pre-Special Edition versions. None of the extra added junk. We could do a marathon.” To my surprise, Stephanie agreed that such an attempt might be fun.
(Update: we watched the trilogy, and I wrote down some of her observations/comments)
As the medal ceremony began, I said, “There’s a film theory about why Chewie doesn’t get a medal.”
“What’s that?” Stephanie asked. She sounded like a kid staring down a doctor with a syringe.
“The theory goes, that Chewie and R2-D2 are really deep cover rebel agents, starting at the end of Revenge of the Sith.”¹
Stephanie changed the subject, “What are Wookiees supposed to be, anyway? Some kind of dog?”
I shrugged. “Or a bear, maybe. They have claws for climbing the trees on Kashyyyk.”
Stephanie ignored my planetary name-dropping and went to the Googles, her fingers a blur on the keyboard: ‘is a wookie more like a dog or a bear.’ She leaned back from her laptop, “Did you know you spell Wookiee with two E’s?” Before I could answer, “Of course you did.”
Through the magic of Wikipedia,² Stephanie learned all about Wookiees. “Wow, Chewie was really loyal and dedicated to Han Solo.”
“A Wookiee life debt is not to be taken lightly.”
Stephanie sighed. “There are times I am surprised you have ever seen a vagina.”
As the following screen capture shows, my mother shares similar concerns (this status update came about a month before I met Stephanie).
Thank you to Stephanie for finding this on my Facebook Timeline.
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² I tried to get her to use Wookieepedia, but that was Right Out.