I remember the Mel Brooks satire on Star Wars known as Spaceballs. In one scene, Dark Helmet’s ship undergoes “Ludicrous Speed”, which is an extreme version of light speed. I recently discovered just how fast Ludicrous Speed is. It is less than one and a half trillion kilometers a second! I’m surprise their engines did not overheat instantly!
As a devout Star Wars fan, I watched The Mandalorian show and I love it so far! The main character is like a space version of Clint Eastwood. In particular, the protagonist resembles the version of Clint Eastwood from The Unforgiven, who is a morally ambiguous gunslinger. I am glad that they brought back several things from the Old Expanded Universe in this show. For example, we got to see Beskar iron in live action for the first time. Beskar is an indestructible metal that not even lightsabers can cut through and Mandalorians often forge weapons and armor from it. The main character also displayed a trait that I like about Mandalorians: despite being battle-hardened warriors, Mandalorians have a soft spot for children. In the Old Expanded Universe, it was customary for Mandalorians to adopt orphaned children from battlefields and raise them as their own. As the old Mandalorian saying goes, “family is stronger than blood.” Apparently, the main character is continuing this age-old Mandalorian tradition by rescuing and adopting an infant from Yoda’s species. I also like how the show illustrates how some Imperials who were not assimilated into the First Order were reduced to being warlords and mercenaries, clinging on to whatever power and influence they could. I look forward to seeing how the show will progress because I am loving it so far. Hopefully, we will see the epitome of another Mandalorian saying, “a warrior is more than his armor.”
As excited and thrilled as I was at Galaxy’s Edge, my only complaint was how expensive all the merchandise was. I mean it costs $200 just to build and buy a lightsaber! I know Disney is milking Star Wars for everything it’s worth, but come on!
At Galaxy’s Edge, there was a section dedicated to the Resistance. There was an X-wing fighter, an A-wing fighter, and a new ride that was still under construction.
At Galaxy’s Edge, there were signs of the First Order everywhere. There were stormtroopers patrolling the streets. I even did a mind trick on one of them. There was an entire section of the park that was dedicated to the First Order, which featured gift shops and Kylo Ren’s command shuttle.
I was completely giddy when I found out that Galaxy’s Edge had another simulator ride like Star Tours. Unlike Star Tours, you got to control the starship instead of just ride it. This was not just any starship; my godmother and I got to pilot the Millennium Falcon itself! Under normal circumstances, we would have been assigned gunners and engineers. However, due to an unknown factor, my godmother and I had to pilot the Falcon by ourselves. So, we were down four crew members and we had to evade the First Order alone! We managed to get to our destination and aid the Resistance, but we took a lot of damage, which cost us valuable credits. I love my godmother more than life itself, but she is a useless copilot. Still, it was completely fun and nostalgic to be inside and pilot the most legendary smuggling freighter in the galaxy!
As I immersed myself in Galaxy’s Edge, I got to see so many nostalgic sights. Unlike the stormtroopers, I found the droids I was looking for. I saw Wild Space architecture, Jedi runes and statues, and even a flock of nunas being roasted next to a pod racer engine. I’m glad I did not eat the nunas because I didn’t want to get coaxium poisoning. For those of you who don’t know, coaxium is a type of hyperspace fuel that is potent yet unstable. It appeared in the Han Solo movie. I also found some die hard fans who spoke both Mandoa and Huttese like me and we had a conversation in both languages. I actually felt like I was in a settlement in the Star Wars universe.