Love it or hate it, the classic Star Wars franchise is a multi-generational geek-culture touchstone. And given its status at the very top of the sci-fi heap, its no surprise that over the years, the series has been lampooned by just about everyone. One of the very best of these parodies is the recent Robot Chicken Star Wars. In just under half an hour, the Robot Chicken crew, led by co-creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, manage to show us the daily lives of some of the more obscure characters of the Star Wars universe, uncover Boba Fetts seamy, carbonite-enabled affair with Han Solo and answer the longstanding question of whether The Empire Strikes Back would work as a musical on ice. (Yes, it would.) Alongside those highlights, the pair also manages to cram in about twenty other hilarious scenarios, from President George W. Bushs Jedi fantasies to the near-universal dream of seeing Jar-Jar Binks blown out of an airlock.
See it all tonight for free! in the Ubisububi room of the Thin Man Tavern, 2015 East 17th Avenue. Afterwards, if you havent had your fill of sci-fi parody, stick around for a showing of the 1987 Mel Brooks campfest Spaceballs, which mashes up Star Wars jibes with other popular sci-fi movies, everything from Alien to Star Trek. For more info, call 303-320-7814 or visit www.thinmantavern.com.
Wed., Aug. 19, 2009