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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Vote on your 'Star Wars' favorites

Vote now!

By Derek Paiva
Advertiser Staff Writer

Is Ewan McGregor a better Obi-Wan Kenobi than Alec Guiness?

20th Century Fox

OK, so we all agree that "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" pretty much, how should we put this tactfully ... sucked, right? And we do mean in every way, compared to, say, any one of the first three films in the series — including the one with those blasted Ewoks.

"Agree, you do not?" as Master Yoda might ask.

Here's hoping the next movie in the series, "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones," will pull George Lucas' series out of its slump.

To that end, we're matching up characters, hairstyles and scenes from the earlier trilogy of "Star Wars" films with similar characters, embellishments and scenes from the current movies.

Here's your chance to speak up for the sorry likes of Jar Jar Binks.

Just vote for whatever powers your light saber most, and let us know a little bit about why you feel the way you do.

To streamline the balloting process, we're asking that mail-in votes be sent by postcard only. Send them to Star Wars Readers Poll, The Honolulu Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu HI 96802. You can also register your opinion online. The deadline for receiving votes by any method is April 26. Results will be published sometime before George Lucas sends in "The Clones" on May 16.

Best use of high-speed transportation: Imperial speeder bike chase ("Return of the Jedi") vs. Podracer race ("The Phantom Menace").

Best unintelligible sidekick: Chewbacca ("A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi") vs. Jar Jar Binks ("The Phantom Menace").

Best butt-kickin' royalty: Princess Leia Organa ("A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi") vs. Queen Amidala of Naboo ("The Phantom Menace" — but note, Amidala is no longer queen in "Attack of the Clones," but a senator).

Best statement of personality with a hairstyle: Princess Leia Organa's tightly wound cinna-buns ("A New Hope") vs. Anakin Skywalker's boy-band-with-a-death-wish rat tail ("Attack of the Clones").

Best "Ben" Obi-Wan Kenobi: Old Ben, played by Alec Guiness ("A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi") vs. Young Ben, played by Ewan McGregor ("The Phantom Menace," "Attack of the Clones").

Best opening episode of a "Star Wars" trilogy: "Episode IV: A New Hope" (1977) vs. "Episode I: The Phantom Menace" (1999).

Most excruciating line in a "Star Wars" movie: "But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!" — Luke Skywalker whining to his Aunt Beru in "A New Hope" vs. "Ex-squeeze me?" — Jar Jar Binks, requesting some clarification from Qui-Gon Jinn in "The Phantom Menace."

Best acting by an inanimate object: Billy Dee Williams' Exxon Valdez-slick '70s hairdo (Lando Calrissian in "The Empire Strikes Back") vs. Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker ("The Phantom Menace").