Star wars …..

Chalmun’s Cantina, located in beautiful downtown Mos Eisley, was a masterwork of world building. As Roger Ebert said in his 1977 review of Star Wars,

The most fascinating single scene, for me, was the one set in the bizarre saloon on the planet Tatooine. As that incredible collection of extraterrestrial alcoholics and bug-eyed martini drinkers lined up at the bar, and as Lucas so slyly let them exhibit characteristics that were universally human, I found myself feeling a combination of admiration and delight.

In previous science-fiction films, alien visitors were generally clad in matching silver jumpsuits and were of the same species, and usually pretty stiff. The cantina scene in Star Wars, on the other hand, features aliens of all shapes and sizes co-mingling in a very relatable environment, driving home the concept of George Lucas’ lived-in universe. Drinking with friends is a universal activity, and that brought the galaxy, far, far away down to earth. Thus, the bar scene in Star Wars became a pop culture phenomenon, inspiring a CBS sitcom described as “an interstellar combination of Fawlty Towers and Casablanca,” countless parodies and homages, and even a drunk driving P.S.A.

Star Wars super fans start lightsaber fight club

Star Wars-inspired lightsaber duelling club looks for Halifax members – Nova Scotia

Star Wars-inspired lightsaber duelling club looks for Halifax members – Nova Scotia

A Halifax-area high school drama teacher “who grew up on Star Wars” plans to launch a lightsaber club where budding Luke Skywalkers can gather to do battle.

Erik Bauckman says the lightsaber represents the epitome of sci-fi fantasy weaponry.

“When you press a button, a beam of plasma energy just kind of comes out of it that can’t be cut by anything and will cut through anything except another lightsaber blade,” said the Bedford resident.

Part of the appeal in starting the club is the exercise component. The 41-year-old Bauckman says he is not a fan of going to the gym, but would be ready for a lightsaber fight at any moment.

“I’m never going to say, ‘Oh, well, you know, I don’t want to go and take a plasma sword and go and beat someone up with it,'” he said.

Bauckman hopes to affiliate the club with Saber Legion, which bills itself as “a worldwide saber club, with a focus on saber combat and sparring.” He hopes to use Legion’s training resources to help members learn and perfect their lightsaber skills.