First, let’s celebrate J.J Abrams’ announcement that the script to Episode VII is complete. It’s a long time till December 18, 2015, so hopefully this will appease our hunger for information until casting announcements begin.
In the meantime, I would like to share some of my favorite pieces of Star Wars dialogue. While there are countless quotable lines, and several which are quoted nearly everywhere, I’m focusing on the ones I use in my everyday life. This will keep this post from being endless.
1. “This oil bath is going to feel so good.”
Whenever I’ve had a long, sweaty day and I feel gross, this pops into my head as I step into the shower. And it is true: That shower does feel very good. C3P0 is describing a spa day for robots.
2. “These are not the droids you are looking for.”
I use this for two purposes: a.) When I am pretending to be sneaky and taking something while someone is looking, like a cookie or a piece of paper, b.) When I am looking for something, and it appears to be evading me.
3. “Do or do not. There is no try.”
No list of Star Wars quotes would be complete without something from Yoda. Since he is the Wise Guide in the story, nearly everything he says is useful advice. However, the reason this is the most quoted line is its simplicity. Just go and get it done. I think this is Yoda’s nice way of telling Luke to buck up and be a man.
4.A. “This deal’s getting worse all the time.”
When things aren’t going my way, or I’m having a bad day, this line pops into my head. Sometimes, I think something is going great, everything will work out, and then either someone flakes, or a detail changes.
Which leads us to the other part of this line:
4.B. “Pray I alter the deal no further.”
I have had a few times over the past few months of applying to grad school where I have felt like Lando in this situation. It is not that the Universities have changed anything, but that I have missed something and have yet another step between myself and my goal. I often think of this when someone in charge moves the goal line or requirement.
I will also confess to using this on my younger siblings. Particularly, when negotiating household chores or other unexciting tasks. ease my siblings.
5. Death Star Trench Run
Whenever I am driving and happen to miss an exit, or am at risk of being lost, a random composite of the Death Star Trench Run pops through my head. Sometimes, both my brother and I will engage in a back and forth, pulling lines from this scene as we work on becoming un-lost.
Here’s a sample of how the conversation goes:
[L. PALMER is piloting the SPACESHIP SPORK and approaching freeway exit.]
BROTHER: Stay on target. Stay on target.
L. PALMER: Loosen up!
[L. PALMER passes the exit.]
BROTHER: Luke, you turned off your targeting computer!
L. PALMER: I’m ok. I’m ok.
[L. PALMER pulls off at next exit, gets back on freeway and approaches exit from the other direction.]
L. PALMER: Almost there.
BROTHER: Pull up, Biggs! Pull up!
L. PALMER: Almost there.
[L. PALMER pulls off at correct exit.]
L. PALMER: It’s away!
BROTHER: Aaaaaah! [EXPLOSION SOUND]
L. PALMER: This is the way! [Which is actually from the PS1 version of Final Fantasy Tactics, not from Star Wars.]
Somehow, we always skip the part where Han Solo says, “Let’s blow this thing and go home, kid,” and then the Death Star explodes, and everybody shouts, “We did it!” Apparently, we prefer the moments when the rebel fighters blow up.
Usually, our version of dialogue is not entirely accurate, and includes lines of music, like when the music swells as Luke suddenly becomes the senior officer. (By the way, did Luke get an early promotion for rescuing Princess Leia? Otherwise, wouldn’t Biggs and Wedge have seniority?).
There are many more Star Wars Quotes, and I’ll probably put together another post in the future. Perhaps, putting together such a post is my destiny.
What are the Star Wars quotes you use the most? Do you include the music when you quote things as well? How often do you quote Boba Fett’s two lines from the original trilogy (“He’s no good to me dead”, and “Put Captain Solo in the cargo hold.”)? What do you think the script for Episode VII includes, besides lens flare?
Other Fun Star Wars Things:
I personally think this is a Star Wars Fan Film Classic. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. Like, seriously.
Also, here’s a “Which Star Wars Character Are You?” quiz. It’s a great conversation starter for Facebook.