Rachel's Blog: Star Wars as seen by Abbey for the first time.
Well, thank the Force that worked! We definitely picked the right moment for Abbey to see it; when she could understand it but before she'd heard anything about it.
For the record she is exactly four years and eleven months today, the version we watched was the original cinematic release, ripped off laser disc which gives it a fine nostalgic "taped off the tv" quality, and, in glorious stereo. The time was 4.30 in the afternoon, weather a fine 18 degrees Centigrade.
Favourite moments were the garbage masher - generated the most fear, but also the most relief - and the exploding of the Death Star which resulted in spontaneous applause. It was a real treat to watch this with Abbey, and to remember all the stuff that we take for granted now, such as the initial encounter between Rebels and Stormtroopers and not knowing which are the good guys.
I really thought she'd be more afraid of Darth Vader, but that may develop with further viewings, or perhaps he's scarier in the later films.
Quotes from a phonecall with Grandma Laraine:
"It was pretty sad in the middle where the guy in the brown coat died, but then he could keep talking, which was a bit strange."
"And it was good at the end when Luke destroyed the bad guys and it all turned into sparkles."
"It was good when R2D2 stopped the garbage cruncher from squashing the people inside."
"It was good when Luke and Han Solo shooted the bad guys in the white suits. And now I've got the bad part for you, when the white guys tried to shoot some of the good guys, really near the beginning."
All in all a resounding success! Empire Strikes Back in a few weeks.