Star Wars Is 40 Years Old Today…I Think I’m Old Now

Friends, it’s hard to believe Star Wars is 40 years old. I will to admit to having a rather difficult time wrapping my head around that fact. As well as finding that I’m suddenly feeling my age. I also find myself flooded with many Star Wars memories. Having said that I felt I should focus on my first viewing of that groundbreaking film.

After all as Star Wars.Com reminds us. Star Wars is 40 years old today.

Star Wars is 40 years old - Star Wars.Com

Image courtesy of Star Wars.Com

I want to talk about Darth Vader’s appearance in the 1977 film. Moreover how I almost missed it thanks to my Father’s well-intentioned desire to protect his 5-year-old Son.
Star Wars is 40 years old

Of course when Star Wars was released back on May 25th, 1977 we didn’t know what to expect. In fact I don’t believe my Father or myself ever saw a trailer for the film until well after it had exploded in popularity. Moreover when we first saw Star Wars it wasn’t busy, if memory serves me correctly it was barely half-full. I can assure you however that the next week when we went to see the movie it was a whole other story. Lines around the movie theater!
Star Wars is 40 years old - Lines around theaters

Anyway, I am getting off subject. I was already put in a state of total awe with the appearance of the Star Destroyer. But as the rebel soldiers nervously awaited whatever was cutting through doors, a hand rose up and blocked my view. I yanked my Father’s hand down in time to see the Stormtroopers enter the Tantive IV, blasters firing away.
Star Wars is 40 years old - Stormtroopers

When Darth Vader stepped out of the smoke to survey the work of his Stormtroopers. My Father’s hand shot up again in front of my eyes. With all of my five-year-old might I began to slap at his arm, ducking so I could get my first look at Vader. Was I scared? Not in the least but I was definitely in a state of rapture as Vader proved he was dangerous as he was menacing.
Star Wars is 40 years old - Captain Antilles

As we were driving home I couldn’t contain my excitement over Star Wars. I was literally in sensory overload. While I had seen plenty of movies – great ones in fact, nothing had affected me like Star Wars. On the drive home I yammered away on everything about I loved about the movie. Of course I had to ask my Father why he had attempted to cover my eyes. The answer was…interesting.

“I don’t know. I was worried a monster lizard was going to come running out at the screen.”

While I could go on and on about what the film series means to me. As Star Wars is 40 years old today, I can’t think of a better memory to share with you all. Furthermore it is my hope that someday soon the Retroist might present a Star Wars podcast.

Until that day you can certainly enjoy the Star Wars: Droids episode of the podcast!
Retroist Star Wars Droids Podcast

For more fun featuring Darth Vader: It Only Took 37 Years To Put This Darth Vader Model Together!

While Star Wars is 40 years old today, this is a perfect time to remind you about the original Kenner lightsabers.

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Moonbase 3

Lunar lunacy on Moonbase 3

How excited would you be to find out that the minds behind Doctor Who were being given a second show to run, an original science fiction epic of their own design, with money coming not just from the BBC, but a major American studio, to be shown on a U.S. broadcast network?
Moonbase 3

If you were asked this in 2017, you’d probably be pretty excited. If, on the other hand, you were asked in 1973, you might also be excited, unaware that the result would be a short-lived show called Moonbase 3.

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Devised by Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks, who were, respectively, the producer and script editor of Jon Pertwee-era early ’70s Doctor Who, Moonbase 3 chronicles the dramatic goings-on at a British-run moon base, where research, politics, and the middle ground between the two – funding – are always points of contention. The pent-up confines of the base make it a pressure cooker between conflicting personalities; in this environment, personality quirks can become more pronounced, or even dangerous to others.
Moonbase 3

The BBC got 20th Century Fox to pitch in on the making of Moonbase 3, so its model work is fairly impressive – not just 1973 impressive, but nicely done and detailed. (Compare to a contemporary episode of Doctor Who, Frontier In Space, which featured a spacecraft whose spherical nose was literally a painted light bulb. Please don’t drop the model.) There was no obligation from the BBC to connect Moonbase 3 to Doctor Who, so it isn’t a spinoff; it actually aired in a late night slot on ABC in the States.

In fact, it’s that little known American broadcast that explains why we have the show at all now; as is often sadly the case, British-made shows shot on videotape tended to be shown once or twice, and then the tapes would be wiped and reused, as videotape was an expensive luxury in the 1970s. As far as anyone knew, until PAL-to-NTSC converted broadcast videotapes turned up in the vaults in America, Moonbase 3 was lost for good. (In fact, the show’s co-creator, Terrance Dicks, has offered the opinion that this might’ve been just as well, but when one considers the sadly incomplete state of such series as Doomwatch, Doctor Who, Ace Of Wands and Out Of The Unknown, the recovery of the entirety of Moonbase 3 has to count as a good thing.) Converted back to PAL, Moonbase 3 has since been released on DVD in the UK. (It’s so completely unknown in America that no Region 1 release has ever been scheduled; for whatever it’s worth, the show also exists in YouTubed form.)

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What does Moonbase 3 have going for it? An always-interesting cast, ever-shifting alliances and agitations between characters, and some decent sets and special effects for an early ’70s BBC series. The acting style is, to be charitable, early ’70s UK TV – stagey and a bit shouty – but Moonbase 3 boasts some familiar guest stars if you’re a fan of British TV. The highlight of the six episodes is Castor & Pollux, an episode chronicling a mishap during an international space mission involving one of Moonbase 3’s crew – it’s a gripping and plausible story (from a show that predated the American/Soviet Apollo Soyuz Test Project mission by two years) with some dizzying effects work.

On the downside, Moonbase 3 is thick with human intrigue and interpersonal conflict, and perhaps a bit short on the awe and wonder of space. The heavy, oppressive atmosphere of the show isn’t a bundle of laughs, and depending on your frame of mind may not even be entertaining. A few keen observers of British TV have noted that there’s more than a slight similarity between Moonbase 3 and the moody first season of Space: 1999, which arrived two years later on rival network ITV.

Moonbase 3 is an acquired taste, and it’s easy to see why it ran six episodes and then simply didn’t get picked up. The spacey sets built for the show were easy enough to recycle – they turned up as a faux spaceship in the season of Doctor Who that came after Moonbase 3’s short run – and Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks elected to concentrate their energy on the relatively light-hearted travels of the TARDIS. Moonbase 3 survives as a bit of a TV cul-de-sac, a sci-fi curio that may be more effective as a mood piece than as a story.

New Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer (BIG SPOILERS)

This is the new U.K. trailer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes…and with it I’m declaring this my favorite film of the Summer. Remember this trailer shows the entire story arc of the upcoming film…so SPOILERS!

20th Century Fox unleashes the Ape Hordes on August 5th. A huge thanks to Nordling from Ain’t It Cool for the heads up on the trailer!

New Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer!

A big thanks to Yahoo! Movies for the new trailer, August 5th cannot get here quick enough! I love the scene where Caesar is ‘building’ his army…

…at the 1:50 mark…did an Ape just throw an axe or a parking meter?! Either way that is so awesome!! I believe that 20th Century Fox has a hit on their hands if the movie can deliver what the trailer is promising. Considering that Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, which this new film is certainly loosely based on, is possibly my favorite of the franchise, it should mean a lot when I say that what I am seeing here is making me quite happy.

Play The Sequel To Aliens In 2012?

A big thanks to Kotaku for the heads up on this new trailer for the upcoming 2012 spring release, Aliens: Colonial Marines! As Kotaku reports Sega and Gearbox Software (Borderlands) in partnership with 20th Century Fox are claiming this game is a “true sequel to James Camerson’s classic Aliens.”

I know this is just a teaser but they certainly have captured my attention! It certainly has at the very least a bit of the feel of the James Cameron movie.

UPDATE: At the 24 second mark in the above video there is an IP Address you can type in which will bring you to a Login page, after verifying your age you can watch the same clip…with some additional game play footage!