Howdy. I'm Matt Todd. My wife and I have four kids and a dog,. I'm passionate about orphan care. I'm a die-hard fan of the Evansville Aces, the Indiana Hoosiers, and Star Wars. I'm trying to live life by the Todd family motto: "It behooves us to live!"

X is for X-Wing

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I know what you’re thinking.

“Really? An x-wing? What does that have to do with Ethiopia?”

I promise. There’s a legitimate connection. But even if there wasn’t a real connection, you really shouldn’t be surprised that X is for X-Wing. During my first endeavor into the Blogging through A to Z Challenge, I announced that X is for X-Wing. And that it will always stand for x-wing, no matter the theme.

While I was in Ethiopia, The Force Awakens was in theaters around the world – including Addis. I even had the opportunity to go to the cinema housed at a nearby mall and watch the long-anticipated and much-hyped Star Wars sequel.

Edna Mall in Addis

It would’ve been a pretty interesting experience, watching Star Wars in a foreign country. And it would’ve been fun to share this experience with the missionary friends of mine who suggested that we go watch it together. It’s always memorable to watch a movie in a different place.

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I remember watching A League of their Own with my family when we were in the Southwest. I remember watching Apollo 13 and Batman & Robin in the same night in Taos, New Mexico. I also watched Independence Day in Taos the following year. That was also the year I wound up looking down on the fireworks display, but that’s another post for another time.

It was certainly tempting to watch the movie in Ethiopia. I really didn’t want to have to wait any longer. But I had a commitment to watch it with Aiden. And I was going to keep that commitment. I’m glad we have that shared memory together.

Obligatory “We’re about to watch #StarWars, y’all!!!” pic.

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Of course, I’m looking forward to the release of Star Wars: Rogue One this December. It’s another memory I’ll be able to share with my boys. Shoot, I’ll probably share it with my whole family. Because the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I became a Star Wars fan at a very young age. And I’ve done my best to pass on what I have learned.

Me and Vader

Maybe there will be some x-wings in this new installment. I mean…Rogue Squadron had a pretty strong connection to x-wings. But who knows if Rogue One is actually connected to Rogue Squadron in any way, shape or form? There’s part of me that hopes there isn’t a connection. But there’s also part of me that does.

That way I’ll already have my “X” entry for the 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Of course, at the rate I’m posting for the 2016 challenge, it might be 2017 before I finish posting!

Have you bought your Star Wars: The Force Awakens tickets yet?

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OK. I’m geeking out here. So I’ve naturally started using Star Wars quotes. I hope you understand because the odds of me not making Star Wars references are approximately 3,720:1.

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The floodgates have been opened. Now you can purchase Star Wars: The Force Awakens tickets for the opening weekend. And the final trailer has been released for the entire galaxy to see. It’s almost as if millions of voices suddenly cried out (in excitement this time). We should probably close the blast doors before things get too out of hand. Because people are excited. I know Red Leader is.This is it - Star Wars: The Force Awakens tickets are available now!

It feels like we’ve waited over a thousand generations for the saga to finally continue. And now? It’s just moments away.

I have my thoughts about what might happen in Episode VII. But honestly? I’m going to keep them to myself. That’s primarily because I’m scared that someone’s going to come on my page and say “You’re wrong because we know this, this, this, and this.” And I’m trying to avoid any and all spoilers. Remember? 

I realize the chances of survival are 775…to one. But that’s OK. If Luke and Han can successfully make it through the night on Hoth, I should be able to make it to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens without encountering any major spoilers.

Right?

If you’re like me, this trailer makes you ready to jump up and buy your tickets right now. Have you done it yet? Have you bought your Star Wars: The Force Awakens tickets? If not – why not? What are you waiting for? In the interest of full-disclosure, I haven’t bought mine yet. But there’s a good reason. And I might explain it later in another post. Then again, I might not. That probably makes me a scoundrel, doesn’t it?

Scoundrel?

Scoundrel….I like the sound of that…

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If you have bought your tickets, go ahead and take a moment and brag about your purchase in the comments section. We’ll celebrate with you. Just so long as you don’t get cocky.

I promise. It’s not a trap.

Did you catch all the Star Wars references I threw in there? How many did you count?

Star Wars tickets available today! This will be a day long remembered.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens posterIt’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! In the words of Lord Vader himself:

This will be a day long remembered

Not only is the final full trailer to Star Wars: The Force Awakens going to debut at halftime during tonight’s Monday Night Football broadcast, but you can buy tickets to the movie itself! 

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According to StarWars.com, there’s a pretty nifty little perk that’s available if you pre-purchase your Star Wars tickets through Fandango:

On Fandango, Star Wars: The Force Awakens ticket buyers will be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win a trip to the film’s world premiere. Moviegoers who purchase tickets within the first 24 hours can increase their chances to win. Additionally, ten runners-up can win a collectible “Dark Side” or “Light Side” prize pack.

Pretty cool. Right?

And if that’s not enough, here’s a little teaser for you:

Oh, why not watch another one, too?

Hurry up, December! I can’t wait for Star Wars to get here!

Star Wars spoilers and a new The Force Awakens trailer (with footnotes)

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A long time ago…

Back when they did the Star Wars Special Edition releases in 1997, I became a big fan of the website that was known as Red 5. The site leaked all kinds of information about the changes that were expected. I’m sure I visited that site several times a day in anticipation of this re-release. I’m a bit ashamed to admit it, but when the movies were finally released, I almost felt a little bit of Star Wars fatigue.

I know. That’s borderline blasphemy.

But it’s true. And I think some of it had to do with the fact that I was following all of the leaked information so closely in the months and weeks leading up to the release.

Fast-forward to Episode I.

I pretty much knew the whole story before the movie was released, thanks to leaks, the song listing on the Phantom Menace soundtrack, and Weird Al Yankovic.

So I left the movie feeling…underwhelmed. While I know the film could never live up to the hype generated by the 16 year buildup of anticipation between Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace, the movie itself falls pretty flat (no, this isn’t a reference to the 3D re-release. I almost kind of liked that one, oddly enough). I’m convinced that part of my initial lackluster response to Episode I had a little bit to do with having been inundated with spoilers during the time leading up to the film’s release.

Don’t get me wrong. Episode I was awful. It’s still awful. But it was made even more awful-er because of the spoilers.

Yep. The spoilers spoiled the movie. That’s why they’re called spoilers.

No more spoilers.

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The Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser is REALLY here!

Well, here it is, kids! After several fan-made versions faked out legions of fans this week (I’m sure Admiral Ackbar is shouting about how it was a trap), the official version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released about an hour ago.

I have to admit that I was so excited about the release that I hooked the laptop to our big TV so I could watch it in as close to theatre as possible. I should’ve popped popcorn, but I didn’t. I’ll remember to do that next time, though.

I’m still not happy that they’re releasing the film in December instead of the traditional May (it is Star Wars month, after all), but after seeing this teaser, I’m also not happy that I’ll have to wait a whole ‘nother year before this film’s released!

And that lightsaber seems kind of strange. But I’m sure I’ll grow to love it.