Friday, October 17, 2008

Mr. Met's Darth Vader Moment

Star Wars geeks will recall the moment in Empire Strikes Back when General Veers is about to receive his orders from Darth Vader. An egg-shaped womb is opening up, and Veers catches a glimpse of Vader's disturbingly scarred head as the black helmet is put in place.

My seven-year-old self was terrified and nauseated by this disturbing reveal. It marked me, I tell you.

So imagine my shock and horror to witness the same thing in reverse on my beloved Mr. Met after the final presidential debate.

Someone took his head right off! Right on camera! He walked away like everything was fine, but man, that's gotta hurt.

I relived the General Veers/Darth Vader moment when I was already at my most vulnerable: after a presidential debate. I haven't been the same since.

As a point of interest, General Veers was portrayed by the actor Julian Glover. Julian was also a James Bond baddie in For Your Eyes Only, the bad guy who drinks from the wrong grail in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and the voice of the giant spider in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I don't know if any other actors can say they've been a part of all of those franchises. Certainly none that also taught me Shakespeare during my junior year abroad in college.

How many of you saw that name-drop coming? Woo-HOO!

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At 2:08 AM , Anonymous curt(happily bald bro said...

good one

At 2:25 AM , Anonymous curt(happily bald bro said...

another one bites the dust


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