By the time I turned three, I was pretty fully immersed in all things Star Wars. It was my life.
Of course when I learned I was having a kid, I got excited about passing on that love to my son/daughter.
Try though I might, I’ve had zero luck doing so. He’s eight years now, so he’s aware of it and knows a lot of the characters and situations but he has never watched a single film or seen the shows or anything... unless it’s LEGO Star Wars. That he’ll do.
This has gutted me in a way I never imagined. Without someone to watch them with, my own interest has waned. I maybe watch a film a year, if I’m lucky. Somehow I managed to binge a bunch a year or so ago starting with Rogue One through the Original Trilogy and also got a couple movies into the Prequel Trilogy (that’s how desperate I was to cling onto some semblance of hope... I watched some of the prequels). Oh, and The Mandalorian.
But this morning, while Katie was at work, Nathan was on his iPad watching some of his annoying screaming YouTube “personalities,” and I couldn’t take it any longer. So I flipped on Disney + and started season 1, episode 1 of The Clone Wars, a seven-season animated series set between films II and III that I had never gotten around to watching.
And this happened...
As big a #starwars fan as I’ve always been, I’ve never watched #theclonewars. This morning, for whatever reason, I turned on the first episode. Nathan, not being a Star Wars fan of any sort, actually put down his iPad and watched it with me. We both real… https://t.co/xC58fM2w1u pic.twitter.com/yNK69x191D— KevinIL (@kapgar) April 10, 2021
Could there be hope???
Yes. And it gets better.
Tonight, with dinner, we couldn’t decide what to watch so I considered putting on more The Clone Wars but realized we’d have to rewatch episode 1 for Katie’s sake. She, instead, suggested The Mandalorian.
It took some cajoling but Nathan finally said yes and... WE GOT THROUGH THREE EPISODES OF SEASON ONE AND THEY BOTH SEEM TO LIKE IT!!!
There may actually be Star Wars in this house after all!!