A boy moves tiles that represent spaceport buildings.
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The Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History wasn’t like a convention at all. The crowd resembled the folks seen at church, the mall, downtown, or at the office. Only a few kids were dressed up like characters from the movies.
Had we been there the day before, at the costume contest, it would have been a different story.
As it was, we were there with mostly the casual fans, and apparently we were one of the few couples who didn’t bring along the kid(s). It was funny to see the fathers failing miserably to keep their fingers out of the activities geared toward children. They could program their own robot similar to R2-D2, build and manage their own water collection station or Jawa village.
In that spirit, Shannon and I each rode the land speeder simulator.
Speaking (again) of the activities aimed at the kids… um, would you let your child watch a movie that prominently features the severing of a man’s arms and legs? How about one that shows a man being cut in half? At what age would you permit this viewing?
Just curious, because all of the above appear in the recent Star Wars films.
But back to the fun, lighthearted part of all this.
If you get a chance to see this exhibit near you, it’s worth the $15. We could have spent three hours in there had we listened to every minute of every short documentary covering everything from maglev rail systems to harsh filming conditions of the first Star Wars movie (about 145 degrees in the Tunisian desert, apparently).
Several of the items on display were actual models used in the films. Many of those appear in a little slideshow I created just for those who, like I, lean more toward the geek side of life. There are two versions — the kind where you click a thumbnail to see each photo, and the kind where you push play, sit back and enjoy the show.
Upfront warning: the music video version is loud right out of the gate.
UPDATE: I added a video (not just another slideshow) that I uploaded and just forgot to add to the page. You can hear some commentary and see some of the things I described above but didn’t include in the photos.