It’s a Nerdy Miracle!

She finally agreed, and I still can’t believe it.
We finally did it, and I’m still surprised.

There’s a little film that Laura has, until this past weekend, never viewed.  It’s been around since 1977 – longer than we’ve been alive.  It’s got some droids (though not the ones you’re looking for) and some hairy beasts, an old guy who vanishes when killed, a mouth-breathing menace who sounds like Mufasa and a whiny son of a Sith Lord.

Yeah.  That.

I’ve spent 7.5 years proposing that she watch Star Wars with me.  I never understood how she avoided it all her life.  In my opinion, watching Star Wars has nothing to do with being nerdy or a geek.  It’s just a social requirement.  In the ever-long spirit of qualifying every nerd as either a Star Wars or Star Trek geek, I’m obviously a Trekkie without question.  I’m not even really that big a Star Wars fan.  But this goes beyond any of that.  Having an appreciation for American cinema requires watching and gaining an appreciation for certain films, and the original Star Wars trilogy is unarguably part of that list.

When I proposed watching it this weekend (roughly my 116th proposal to date), I expected her to decline as usual.  Instead, her response was “as long as you rub my back.”

RUB YOUR BACK?  That’s it?  I do that every weekend.  What’s the occasion this week?  Exclamation points shot from my skull like a surprised Metal Gear Solid henchman that just realized cardboard boxes don’t walk.

I threw her on the couch, got popcorn and drinks and anything else she might need so we wouldn’t be interrupted, pulled out the DVD, wiped off the dust and put it in the player.  John Williams gave us his warm embrace and text began to scroll.   Leia is on the ship.  A message gets recorded.  Jawas show up.  Tatooine.

“…and why don’t I have to start with the first one again?” she asked.
“This is the first one.”
“It said Episode IV”

Awww.  How cute.

In the end I asked what she thought of it.  “It was fine,” she said.  “Cheesy as hell but fine.”  Not exactly the reaction I was hoping for.

I guess the Nerding My Wife process still has some road to travel.  Hopefully it’s not another 7.5 years before we watch The Empire Strikes Back.  Fortunately it’s the best film, so it has the best chance to get her to describe it as something a little stronger than “cheesy as hell.”  It’s my only hope.

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6 thoughts on “It’s a Nerdy Miracle!”

  1. “In my opinion, watching Star Wars has nothing to do with being nerdy or a geek. It’s just a social requirement. In the ever-long spirit of qualifying every nerd as either a Star Wars or Star Trek geek, I’m obviously a Trekkie without question. I’m not even really that big a Star Wars fan. But this goes beyond any of that. Having an appreciation for American cinema requires watching and gaining an appreciation for certain films, and the original Star Wars trilogy is unarguably part of that list.”

    Perfect, and I COMPLETELY agree.

  2. She hadn’t seen Star Wars before this? How…how is that even possible? That’s like not eating a chocolate bar for 20-something years. Of course, I haven’t seen the Godfather movies yet, but that’s different.

  3. My sister didn’t see Star Wars for the first time until maybe two or three years ago, which would have put her at about 21. I don’t know HOW she managed to achieve that particular feat, being related to ME, and to my geeky brother, and to my geeky father, and to my non-geeky mother who still saw all of the (good) movies when they first hit the theaters.

    But the payoff. OH, the payoff.

    The first text message, watching Episode IV: “I really liked that! Luke and Leia are so cute, I hope they end up together!!”

    Wait, wait, wait, WAIT. WAIT.

    My sister is a natural blonde. But she’s not a DUMB blonde. She’s a very SMART blonde, and not just for a blonde, but for anyone. So how– but she– did she REALLY evade this particular spoiler for over TWO DECADES?

    She did know Vader is Luke’s father. That much, at least, had reached her. But oh man. I cannot describe the eager anticipation with which I awaited her viewing of ROTJ.

    A few days later, my waiting paid off with an approximation of this text:

    “OMG SHE’S HIS SISTER WTF OMG I TOTALLY DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!!!”

    Best. Ever.

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