One with the Force

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Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia Organa
October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016
She drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.

The most ubiquitous picture of Carrie Fisher is that of her as Leia Organa, clad in a golden bikini, laying at the feet of Jabba the Hutt. The second most ubiquitous picture of her has Leia with a blaster in hand. Thus, Carrie Fisher was the original Star Wars princess, that was adept at both harnessing her appeal without a sex scene, as well as taking out the bad guys. She was succeeded by Natalie Portman’s Padme Amidala, Daisy Ridley’s Rey Skywalker (wink) and Felicity Jones’s Jyn Erso. I suppose it’s unfortunate that it all begins with the iconic golden bikini, but everything that follows is Carrie Fisher’s legacy. She played Leia with strength, courage and wit, and was not the typical damsel in distress of the 1970’s. While a legion of young boys worshipped her for her looks, a legion of young girls worshipped her because she kicked ass just as much as Luke and Han.

Of course Carrie Fisher grew out of the Princess Leia role, and as evidenced by the work she’s done in the past forty years that had nothing to do with Star Wars. It’s a full circle moment though that she had just completed her work on Episode VIII of the new post-Lucas trilogy before her death from a heart attack. Gone at 60 years old, far too young for the greatest Princess of my generation, the Star Wars generation.

She is one with the Force, the Force is with her.

He Shot First

Greetings, stranger.

Human. Unkempt. Cocky. Pungent smell.

“I greet you, human.”

The human ran his hand through his greasy hair. He clearly had not bathed in many days. “What’s your name?”

Rude as well, this human. Stupid as well. He means to shoot me. He cannot, he is too slow.

“I am called Gree…”

The human pulled his blaster. The gunfire tore through me. I should have expected that dishonorable would be an easy extrapolation of the human’s traits. In a fair duel, as is the custom, my speed at drawing a blaster was second only to that of Fett. The human would have been dead.

Years later, my descendants would howl in rage as history is retconned. Let the record show that despite what is seen on the new videos chronicling the events of that day, the human called Solo shot first.