On Wired’s Geekdad, this nails my reaction to the Lucasfilm purchase by Disney. Perfectly: To be perfectly…

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On Wired's Geekdad, this nails my reaction to the Lucasfilm purchase by Disney. Perfectly:To be perfectly honest, I don’t have much of a reaction, beyond my initial surprise. I know a lot of people are really excited and others are near-boiling angry, but I’m indifferent. For me, the mere mention of “Star Wars” immediately transports me back to when I was nine, when the original first came out; it’s an undeviating reaction.My brother and I obsessed over that movie (and then Empire and RotJ), finding any excuse we could to go to the theater again and again and again. We scoured department store shelves and grocery aisles for any tie-in, so hungry were we for anything Star Wars related. Every birthday, every Christmas, and every quarter we could keep away from the arcade slots was dedicated to expanding our own miniature Star Wars universe of figures, toys, and books.The new trilogy wasn’t that. Even though I enjoyed the fantasy of it all, it wasn’t really Star Wars to me. I’m not sure it ever could have been, viewing it through the filter of adulthood, rather than the wonder of a child. Like Thomas Wolfe said, “you can’t go home again.”If we are lucky enough to get a great writer and director to make the next trilogy something really special and wonderful, I’m sure I will enjoy them. But I’m not going to worry about it, because whatever magic Disney manages to weave, it’ll never top my nonstop obsession I lived through with the first trilogy. And I’m OK with that.— David Banks
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