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1Two more STAR WARS CARDS from the BLUE SERIES, these are number TWO and THREE… The third card being possibly the most important, memorable and beloved droid and/or character of the 1977sw2 film, R2D2… That groundbreaking cinematic catapult to the original trilogy, later retitled A NEW HOPE, but could you imagine rabid fans of this amazing adventure saying: “Have you seen A NEW HOPE yet?” Sounding more like a soap opera, HOPE doesn’t quite have the ring of STAR WARS… And creator George Lucas didn’t even know if WARS, constantly maligned by the studio while in production, would fly for there to even be continuing episodes. And the second card is a horizontal showing C3PO, R2’s futzy partner who brags about knowing millions of languages and usually doesn’t have a nice thing to say to his stubby counterpart, who usually makes the more logical decision. The title of the third card is simply THE LITTLE DROID, ARTOO-DETOO and the1734.full second SEE-THREEPIO AND ARTOO-DETOO, although we only see R2’s cap, which, by the way, dern1appears at the end of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, hanging above a tied-up Harrison Ford and Karen Allen during the ghoulish Ark demonstration, and as viewed to the top left of the picture to your right: A complete R2D2 hanging upsidedown on the CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND spaceship. Later on in the STAR WARS series the droids would be, on paper, described by numbers instead of letters, probably a way of making them more “human” to the audience. You must remember, when these cards came out, a generation was just learning the characters… they were not legendary, just yet. It’s been said that Lucas was inspired by Bruce Dern’s helpful robots in SILENT RUNNING for R2D2, pictured above to the left, although as a pair, R2D2 and C3PO could be homage to any opposing comedy duo bantering back and forth, despite the first speaking only a series of bleeps and blips, and always getting the last “word” in the process.



sw1STAR WARS CARD NUMBER ONE of the staring point BLUE SERIES, shows Mark Hamill as LUKE SKYWALKER, which is what the caption reads, wearing the Stormtrooper outfit when he, Han and Chewie went in disguise to first: escape from the docked Millennium Falcon and then to rescue Princess Leia. This almost looks like the moment when Luke, while the trio and the droids were inside the power chamber room, could entice the selfish smuggler into pulling off this daring deed for large sums of money… more than Han could imagine: and Han can imagine quite a lot. The card is truly retro, including the red explosion around the word STAR WARS, the light blue around the border making up for the multiple colored series, the yellow lettering and white stars around the dotted around the border. The back of the card is but a single piece of a jigsaw puzzle that makes up an image when all are put together.




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“It takes a long time to raise a kid,” Paul Forrester, a deceased cameraman turned STARMAN says to his son, conceived by that other incarnation played by Jeff Bridges and now morphed into AIRPLANE actor Robert Hays. “About twenty-one years… And I’ve already wasted fourteen of them.” That’s a true description of the show, and a false prediction. STARMAN the TV series, based on the hit John Carpenter film, didn’t last seven years – it’s a one season wonder about our alien hero traveling around with his son, Scott.


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Jeff Bridges is an incredible actor, and always takes risks. Yet his performance in the STARMAN motion picture, garnering an Oscar nom, seemed like he was imitating a chicken pretending to be a lizard, or vice versa. While Hays plays it with more subtle finesse, allowing the alien within the human a quicker capability to learn about the things around him – from eating to drinking to hangovers to love, possibly.

The stock villain has been around television for years, and looks the part of a sneaky devil you love to hate. Michael Cavanaugh is the McGee to Hays’ David Banner… Or going back further, The Marshall chasing the Fugitive… Not an entirely original premise for a series, but one that allows a handful of adventurous bonding between alien father and half-alien son.


Sir Bob Hays

Probably the campiest scene, befitting the mid 80’s era, is when Starman puts a cassette tape to his ear, without use of a player, and hears a message from his wife (played by RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK heroine Karen Allen in the movie). This gives both father and son hope to find her, and a premise for the entire series to rely on.

Visually, the direction is standard TV fare but with a few creative perspective shots, while the special effects deal with Starman’s signature handglow when touching the magic orb, wielding power and manipulating elements. This image takes up the entire DVD cover with Hays alone.

“Well,” says Scott to his father as the pilot concludes. “Without wheels, this is how we travel for a while.” And he’s not talking about a spaceship. Starman, thinking the thumb is the ride in itself, raises his own thumb and replies, “It doesn’t seem to work.”


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