Sunday, August 30, 2009

Han+Blaster: Win. Greedo+Blaster: Fail.

So in the original Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, there's a scene in which Han Solo is confronted by the bounty hunter Greedo about his debt to Jabba the Hutt. Han ended up shooting the bounty hunter with his blaster. All is well in the galaxy until the year 1995.

Apparently George Lucas believes that the very act of Han Solo shooting Greedo makes Han the equivalent of a cold hearted bastard, so he tweaked this scene in the 1995 (Special Edition) release of Star Wars so Greedo shot at Han first and MISSED at point blank range!

The original scene where Han shoots Greedo first

The Special Edition tweaked scene where Greedo shoots Han first, and misses

He further changed with the release of the 2004 Special Edition DVD, where Han and Greedo shoots at each other almost simultaneously, which is just plain stupid. This incident is famously known as "Han shot first".

Anyway, I messed around with Youtube and found these hilarious edits of the scene!

Well all of them are brilliant but which one is the most hilarious? I put my money on "Control Panel Shoots First" and "Greedo Shoots First". I found it funny that in "Han Solo doesn't have time for this", Greedo never got a chance to finish his sentence LOL.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


"Nonton Star Trek yuk."
"Film alien-alien gitu ya?"
"Uh... Iya sih."
"Engga deh, gw engga suka film ngayal."

Perhaps you are a science-fiction movie enthusiast? Then a conversation like this should be familiar! Gw sering menemukan obrolan macem gini kalo lagi ngajak kebanyakan beberapa orang buat nonton film yang agak-agak berbau tembak-tembakan laser ciu ciu atau ada flying saucer (kalo huruf "R"-nya diilangin jadi flying sauce yaitu kecap terbang, HAHA HAHA).

Very different from the Yanks or the Japs yang udah ngelahap cerita-cerita macem War of the Worlds dari sebelom pergantian ke Abad 21 (kayak judul sinetron 90an), mungkin memang sejak baliho (balita kali, cheap joke go!) masyarakat Indonesia engga pernah disuguhin dengan tayangan-tayangan yang seperti ini, so the flying saucers and big-eyed grey aliens never really factored into our culture. Dan kalo misalnyapun ada cerita aneh dikit, biasanya reaksi orang bakal naikin satu alis dengan muka ekspresi "What. The. Fuck. Am. I. Watching?"

Then why was Transformers so nationally-loved? Wasn't it also a story about aliens?

Beats me.

Strangely though, I don't think the fantasy genre ever received a similar treatment by the Indonesian so-called "movie-goers". Lord of the Rings was a huge success here, though I bet only a few can remember the characters names after they left the theatre. Harry Potter and Twilight too. I think it's more or less the same with the superhero genre, and that even contains characters that are freakier than your average alien.

If people can relate with a boy with lightning-shaped scar on his forehead; or a sparkling emo vampire; or a group of people setting off on a journey to throw a ring into a volcano, then why is it so hard for them to relate to a laser sword-wielding warrior-monk? Or a robot sent to the past to kill the mother of a future resistance leader?

There's nothing wrong with an out-of-this-world movie experience once in a while, no?