Benny and his friend Griffin at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Benny Can Walk, But Princess Leia Can't

It happened so fast that it's sort of spooky, He hardly crawls anymore just paces up and down the living room looking detrmined.

He kinda walks like Morticia from "The Adams Family," arms held out to the sides, chin up, butt wiggling.

Meanwhile, I'm working my way through my new Star Wars DVDs. I'm halfway through "The Empire Strikes Back." What the heck is going on with Princess Leia and her sudden loss of coordination? In the action scenes, she can't take two steps without Han pushing, shoving or tugging at her. In "Star Wars," she managed to run around the Death Star just fine without some guy's support. Now she struggles to stay upright.

Not that her character amounted to much anyway in "Empire." In "Star Wars," she was the one pursued, tortured and sentenced to death. Now Luke's the one pursued, and Han gets tortured and put in mortal danger. All the poor girl can do is hang out with C3PO and snap at Lando.

Boy, I can't wait for "Return of the Jedi," where she dons a string bikini and befriends teddy bears. How Freudian is that?


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