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Sunday, 26 August 2012


(*Pish: Scottish word for 'piss' also used to describe something that is truly awful and conveniantly ryhmes with the word 'Sith'.)

Just when you thought the Star Wars cash cow couldn't be milked for another drop George Lucas has allowed Robot Chicken to have a turn at hammering another nail in the coffin of this once great space adventure. The makers of this describe it as:

Star Wars Detours is an animated comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away. There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here. Instead, Star Wars Detours focuses on the universe’s regular folks and their everyday problems… which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith.

I'm sure when this was pitched the studio executives laughed and laughed, their sides spliting and tears of joy streaming down their bloated red cheeks, not at the actual jokes (which from what I've seen are lazy at best) but at just at how much money this would rake in and of coures why waste time with new and original ideas when a sure thing filled to burst with brand recognition is put down in front of you.

This seems to be getting touted as Star Wars for a 'younger' audience but wasn't the original movies aimed at children. I was 3 when Star Wars was first released and 6 when I first seen it (in the La Scala cinema on Sauchiehall St.) as a double feature with Empire Strikes Back I sat and watched Star Destroyers slowly fill the screen in a thunderous roar, watched planets be destroyed, watched Han Solo shoot first and knew right away who I wanted to be when I grew up, watched Luke take shelter in the guts of a dead animals, watched the good guys defeated on snowy battlefeilds, watched as my hero Solo is betrayed and encased in carbonite by a ruthless bounty hunter and left the cinema on a cliff hanger with the fate of the universe left in the balance. Six year olds are obviously a far more sensative lot now days if Detours is deemed good enough for their apparantly delecate constiutions. No six year old will come away from Star Wars Detours with heroes who'll stick with them through to adulthood although the Lucas approved tat it produces might stick around long enough to see Boxing Day.


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