Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Episode V and Gagging:

My recent 'Waiting for Lobot' bit got me interested in watching The Empire Strikes Back again (for the first time in a year or so*). Thus, the resident Knit-Mistress and I hunkered down in the living room after dinner (with Roger the English Bulldog snoring and snorting away in a fashion distinctly of his ancestry) to enjoy a couple hours of Lucas Goodness**.

I learned a couple things about my viewing companion (of the human variety) while the film was rolling:

She gagged audibly during the 'Wampa-chewing-on-a-chunk-o-Luke's-Tauntaun' bit***


gagged when Han splits his recently demised Tauntaun open as a warm slimy shelter for Luke


gagged when Roger passed gas whilst napping at her feet

The mutilation of the (fictitious) wildlife of Hoth and the (very Real) flatulence of a 5 1/2 year old English Bulldog are related in her mind and cause a Physical reaction on her part--a retching Throaty reaction, at that.

More study is needed to answer this head-scratcher.

I wonder if she'll react the same way to the Rancor Monster chomping on a Gamorrean Guard, the Sarlacc Pit swallowing Boba Fett, or the choking tail-rattlin' death o' Mister Hutt if we were to watch ROTJ together?

Stay Tuned.

**AND the on-going flashbacks I was having to the first time I saw the film on opening day in 1980 in all my tuddly glory.
***But not when Luke 'disarms' the Wampa snow creature. Hmmm.


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