16 Dec Star Wars, Episode Plants: The Garden Awakens
A long time ago in a garden far, far away….
The Rebel Alliance was traveling on a Rebel ship through the Sluis sector of Outer Rim Territories. Pilot and Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker pulled over onto planet Dagobah to pay Grand Master Yoda a visit and to gather food and supplies.
The plants on this purest of planets were lush and the natural resources were plentiful. But things quickly took a turn: On the mission to round up food, R2-D2 led C-3PO into difficult terrain and took a terrible fall. Even worse, at nightfall they were then pursued by members of the Galactic Empire entering the green planet on an Imperial Star Destroyer.
JK. Actually, yours truly found himself at the local swap meet in search of a large indoor rubber tree (Ficus elastica) and ended up sidetracked by multiple vendors selling Star Wars action figures in the mania leading up to this weekend’s release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Before I could say “Tooke-trap“, I was filling a bag full of $2 Star Wars figures and asking if the lights on the Imperial Star Destroyer still worked with new batteries. I did walk out with a rubber tree for the living room (stay tuned), but this week has mostly been about inventing Star Wars scenes in the backyard. After all, I am a child of the ’80s.
We’ve played around before with action figures in our garden when a blooming jasmine vine invaded our property. Turns out that shooting action figures against our collection of plants can give you a whole new perspective on the power of flora. Their stems and leaves and fruits can take on mindbending proportions. It was also great to brush up on some plot points before we see the movie this weekend — after buying tickets three weeks in advance!
Follow the photo story below to see how the Rebel Alliance’s visit to our garden played out. (Disclaimer: While plant IDs are confirmed, many of the plot twists are my own, with a lot of help from Wookieepedia.)