Finally: The “Star Wars” blooper reel

posted at 6:01 pm on October 28, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Wired and HuffPo, two and a half minutes of found footage that premiered at Comic Con this summer and which has now, inevitably, migrated to YouTube. It’s a treat, not because the bloopers are very funny but because seeing pieces of a cultural memory as vivid as “Star Wars” suddenly yanked into reality brings home just how deeply weird the whole concept was. Not until you watch this will you fully appreciate the genius it took to realize that dressing up a large man as some sort of dog-bear mutant could generate a character who now enjoys higher name recognition among Americans than most cabinet members and Supreme Court justices.

The best bits here are the ones with the Stormtroopers. If you’ve ever watched SW and wondered how Vader’s henchmen could have been any less effective, here’s your answer.


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Can you imagine how long the blooper reel will be for the Obama administration? Should be loads of laughs.

dirtseller on October 28, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I thought the Star Wars blooper reel was called episode one.

tetriskid on October 28, 2013 at 6:10 PM

“Genius”? I think that overstates Star Wars by quite a lot.

Warner Todd Huston on October 28, 2013 at 6:12 PM

That desert runner blooper was kind of cool.

portlandon on October 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

To Disney:

Please recon Episodes I to III out of existence. Bob Igor you are our only hope.

Seriously, the franchise was diminished with Episodes 1 thru Episodes. I even forget Samuel L. Jackson was in all three episodes. Red Letter Media would still be doing wedding videos if it wasn’t for the pure train wreck on the Titanic of those 3 movies.

Oil Can on October 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Can you imagine how long the blooper reel will be for the Obama administration? Should be loads of laughs.

dirtseller on October 28, 2013 at 6:09 PM

You kidding? That thing is going to be more classified than the lazy stupid coward’s transcripts.

Happy Nomad on October 28, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Can you imagine how long the blooper reel will be for the Obama administration? Should be loads of laughs.

dirtseller on October 28, 2013 at 6:09 PM

The only difference is that Obama’s blooper reel kills people its so bad.

Hillary is sort from the Star Wars bar or Jabba’s palace.

Oil Can on October 28, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I actually dont know why everybody is always going on about how the prequel trilogy is bad. The original three films were just as terrible.

Valkyriepundit on October 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM

This is old and it sucks.

echosyst on October 28, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Me thinks, the Storm Troopers were trained by the Tolly-Bon!!

canopfor on October 28, 2013 at 6:42 PM

I actually dont know why everybody is always going on about how the prequel trilogy is bad. The original three films were just as terrible.

Valkyriepundit on October 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM

A pox on your house.

philoquin on October 28, 2013 at 6:42 PM

In other film news…

Akzed on October 28, 2013 at 6:46 PM

To Disney:

Please recon Episodes I to III out of existence. Bob Igor you are our only hope.

Seriously, the franchise was diminished with Episodes 1 thru Episodes. I even forget Samuel L. Jackson was in all three episodes. Red Letter Media would still be doing wedding videos if it wasn’t for the pure train wreck on the Titanic of those 3 movies.

Oil Can on October 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

..the trajectory of the series started downward with the appearance of those little furry bastages in episode 6. They shoulda skinned ‘em and eaten ‘em.

The War Planner on October 28, 2013 at 6:48 PM

A moment, for Porkins.

Axe on October 28, 2013 at 6:50 PM

OT/Some kid’s running around outside with a scythe. You don’t see that everyday. :)

*sip*

not anymore

Axe on October 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM

A pox on your house.

philoquin on October 28, 2013 at 6:42 PM

You know what? Ill actually go a step further than that: I think its much easier to forgive Lucas for the prequels than for the original films. With the prequels Lucas made at least the attempt – though he failed spectacularly – to tell a grand, complex story. Episode 4-6 were simplistic, linear and boring.

Valkyriepundit on October 28, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Valkyriepundit on October 28, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Go to redlettermedia. Watch the reviews. Then come back to comment. I don’t think they are the end all to be all. However, I think they do a very good comparison between the two series. By you telling me that both series where equally bad means you dislike the genre. And some people don’t like it and that’s fine. But 4-6 were at least written some basic story telling character development and plot lines. Episodes 1-3 are just a crap factory.

Oil Can on October 28, 2013 at 7:10 PM

You kidding? That thing is going to be more classified than the lazy stupid coward’s transcripts.

Happy Nomad on October 28, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Obama’s going to have the biggest Presidential Library with the fewest actual Presidential documents in it. I imagine the grand tour will be they hand you an iPod with his campaign speeches loaded on it.

joe_doufu on October 28, 2013 at 7:33 PM

You know what? Ill actually go a step further than that: I think its much easier to forgive Lucas for the prequels than for the original films. With the prequels Lucas made at least the attempt – though he failed spectacularly – to tell a grand, complex story. Episode 4-6 were simplistic, linear and boring.

Valkyriepundit on October 28, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Why is telling a grand, complex story so necessarily virtuous that it beats telling a simple story well? The original Star Wars movie was a great little space opera that could stand on its own. Not everything has to be an “epic”.

joe_doufu on October 28, 2013 at 7:37 PM

how deeply weird the whole concept was

.

Allah prefers a good blaster, obviously.

BobMbx on October 28, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Go to redlettermedia. Watch the reviews. Then come back to comment. I don’t think they are the end all to be all. However, I think they do a very good comparison between the two series. By you telling me that both series where equally bad means you dislike the genre. And some people don’t like it and that’s fine. But 4-6 were at least written some basic story telling character development and plot lines. Episodes 1-3 are just a crap factory.

Oil Can on October 28, 2013 at 7:10 PM

No, I actually dont mind the genre and Im not telling you that both were equally bad, but that the original trilogy was worse.

I know the Plinket reviews and they are funny and entertaining and they make some good points – Jar Jar Binks or the absence of an identifiable main character etc – but a lot of that criticism can be boiled down to the argument that the new trilogy isnt similar enough to the old trilogy. But for that criticism to make any sense one must assume that the old trilogy was any good.

I dont think that the character development in the old trilogy was particularly good. It was cliched. Han Solo for example: dashing outlaw pilot ends up domesticated by the princess he loathed when they first met? Yikes!

And they are right when they criticize that the prequel plot lines were too eratic and left too many questions open, but they fail to see that this derives from Lucas attempt to tell a really big story in a medium that simply isnt granting him enough room to tell it. The prequels shouldnt have been a movie, but a TV show. Maybe he still would have failed then, but he would have had a better chance to succeed.

Valkyriepundit on October 28, 2013 at 7:47 PM

I actually dont know why everybody is always going on about how the prequel trilogy is bad. The original three films were just as terrible.

Valkyriepundit on October 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM

A pox on your house.

philoquin on October 28, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Some people. Next he’ll being saying “Macon County Line” didn’t have any redeeming value either.

Sheesh.

BobMbx on October 28, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Valkyriepundit on October 28, 2013 at 7:47 PM

For the entire 6 or 7 hours of Episodes 1-3, I’m sitting there saying to myself….Vader dies….Luke is a Jedi…..Leia looks great in a bronze-kini.

Prequels don’t work for that reason. Just like the new Star Trek movies.

“Kirk lives for years, then gets swept away into the Nexus”.

BobMbx on October 28, 2013 at 8:01 PM

For the entire 6 or 7 hours of Episodes 1-3, I’m sitting there saying to myself….Vader dies….Luke is a Jedi…..Leia looks great in a bronze-kini.

Prequels don’t work for that reason. Just like the new Star Trek movies.

“Kirk lives for years, then gets swept away into the Nexus”.

BobMbx on October 28, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Nope, I disagree with that. Some open questions of the old trilogy definitely made me curious: How the empire came about and who the friggin emperor was for example. I think the prequels would have profited from more focus on Palpatine and less focus on Anakin.

Valkyriepundit on October 28, 2013 at 8:08 PM

By themselves, the new trilogy were horrible movies with some of the lamest attempts at humor I’ve ever seen, fake, CGI backgrounds on almost everything, cringe inducing dialogue and tonal shifts that boggle the mind. And I didn’t even have to compare the to the original trilogy to figure that out.

Dongemaharu on October 28, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Prequels don’t work for that reason. Just like the new Star Trek movies.

“Kirk lives for years, then gets swept away into the Nexus”.

But in Star Trek 90210, NewKirk may not do that. They established that it’s a different timeline by destroying Vulcan and killing Spock’s mom and most of the population in the process.

So all bets are off.

And everything that ever happened to those people you ever cared about didn’t happen after all. Which means that this might unhappen too. So why bother caring this time?

The Monster on October 28, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Star Wars……like a fine wine…..

Said no one ever.

PappyD61 on October 28, 2013 at 9:08 PM

..the trajectory of the series started downward with the appearance of those little furry bastages in episode 6. They shoulda skinned ‘em and eaten ‘em.

The War Planner on October 28, 2013 at 6:48 PM

This.

Midas on October 28, 2013 at 9:41 PM

We don’t need no stinkin blooper reel when the movie itself is rife with fantastic moments like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FPxz1bIRoY

Kristamatic on October 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Weren’t, of the original 3, the 2nd and 3rd ones the same movie with different scenery?

SouthernGent on October 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM