Indy Can Be Fun
For the most part it was a boring day where little of worth got accomplished, so I’ll skip all that boring stuff (except to say my baskets came for the bathroom – yay! Finally! Pics coming later) and go straight to the two movies we watched.
We have a Roku and have added several of those odd ball free channels. My dad loves them, and so we often get some weird movies. Today’s selection included “To Know a Jedi” and “Star Wreck”.
To Know a Jedi was made in the early 2000s and is a fan film. The premise is that in normal town USA a science geek college kid, home for the summer, sees Star Wars Episode II with his friend and decides to create a real working light saber. No one thinks he can but – surprise! – despite allusions to his past failed experiments, he manages to do it. However, that leads him to wonder, if light sabers are real, what about the force?
The first fifteen minutes were not particularly gripping (and full of foul language if that bothers you). We had actually given up and exited out to the menu, but I wanted to see if they got blown up (because of all the references to a past explosion), so we went back to it with the intention of fast forwarding it. Luckily it picked up and we never actually fast forwarded it. In fact, after he starts using the force, it got so intriguing that I put the laptop down.
I won’t say the acting is amazing, or that the dialog is award winning, but the effects are good for what it is, and it’s fun. The director/writer/producer… film maker was apparently killed in an accident so they have released the film into public domain and you can find it at various places for download or watch it on youtube (warning – the youtube comments say the audio is out of sync. The version i saw on TV was fine, so it’s a youtube thing). I’d say skip the beginning, but it’s necessary for character development, so just stick through it.
As for Star Wreck, I’ve actually seen it before. It’s a Finnish spoof of Star Trek and Babylon 5 that ends in an epic space battle. Captain Pirk ends up back in time on modern day Earth (I don’t know that it ever tell you how – I missed the first few minutes this time [they started it without me] and don’t remember from last time) with some aliens called the Vulgar (who wind up hanging out with a rock star), his Klingon-like tactical officer Dwarf and his android Info. They need to get back to their own time, without messing up the timelines, only something has gone wrong and rather than building the P-fleet of the future, the earthlings cancel the space program. Pirk determines that he will make sure the fleet is created, and decides that the best way to do that is to become emperor of the world – with Russia’s help.
The movie is in Finnish with subtitles but it is friggin’ hilarious. Or at least *I* think it is. It’s by the same people who brought us the classic Iron Cross (I’ll be honest, I don’t remember if I liked that one or not. There were two Nazi on the Moon movies that we watched back to back, and one was good and one was awful, but it’s been a couple of years and I don’t know which one it was. Oh well.)
Anyway, Star Wreck is not on youtube, but they do sometimes sell it on DVD at their website. (mostly they seem focused on Iron Cross and Iron Cross 2 since those are their newer movies)
So, two indy movies, and both were fun. And speaking of indy fun, I have been working away on the Amaranthine Handbook. I’m on page 47, which is a J. (In fact, it’s Jesslynn). So I thought I’d share a couple of the previous pages:
And now I am going to my five hours of sleep. Yay me.
Have a good one!