I have two teenage daughters and nervous young gentlemen have begun to appear on the scene. This is actually quite a traumatic period in the life of a father but there are some compensations. For example I am particularly looking forward to having the "Circle of Trust" conversation with one of these young Lothario's. To kick things off I intend to sit him down, look him squarely in the eye and ask him slowly and purposefully to tell me which is the best Star Wars movie.
The safe answer to that question is of course "The Empire Strikes Back". That establishes nerd credibility and an understanding of accepted cultural norms.
Either of the other two original trilogy movies would also be an acceptable answer especially if it is accompanied by an analysis explaining why he believes it is in reality a better movie than the usual critics choice.
"Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith" are clearly wrong answers but somewhat forgiveable given the likely age of the supplicant. Such answers would engender further searching questions but he would at least be given an opportunity to redeem himself if he demonstrates a glimmer of insight behind his youthful ignorance.
"The Phantom Menace" is perhaps the only genuinely wrong answer. Nothing further to be said. Move on.
"The Star War's Holiday Special" is the most ballsy answer. It is a high risk strategy. If he cannot back it up with wit and knowledge he may well end up being kicked out of the house but if he pulls if off then I might have to graciously accept defeat and hand my daughter over to the new master.
Edit: Wilhelm over at the Ancient Gaming Noob has chipped in with his list of acceptable answers. Reading his post and the comments to it makes me realise that there are several good answers I haven't prepared for. Need to do some further planning. It wouldn't do to be caught napping by a young pretender.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
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