Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Swashbucklers and Romance (and Legos)

Started a cloudy day with early work. It was pretty dead for most of it. There weren't even that many carts to gather. I spent the majority of the morning doing returns, and even that was winding down by the end. I was in and out with no problems whatsoever.

Headed home and had lunch, then spent the rest of the afternoon writing. After being dressed in the filmy garments of a female slave, Leia is now considered to be Jabba's favorite. She uses her position to bargain with the ugly ogre. She first gives up her armor, then her knife to see Han. She brings a basket of goodies that distracts Jabba's daughters, then talks to him and plans with him as much as she can. He's being forced to choose between Jabba's daughters and marry one, or they'll hurt Chewie and Leia. Jabba's holding an engagement party to honor his announcement the next day.

Leia bargains with Jabba for one last time to see Han. Jabba, however, has gotten craftier. He insists on taking her lovely voice this time. She agrees to it, thinking it's the only way she'll get to see Han, even if she can't talk to him. Jabba has a reason for wanting her voice, though...

It was around 6 PM when I finally got off the computer. I finished out The Scarlet Pimpernel, which I started during lunch, while eating Merlin's Magic (Baked) Chicken, asparagus, and brown rice for dinner. This is the 1982 TV version of the wildly popular adventure novel. Sir Percy Blakney (Anthony Andrews) may seem like a dandy, but he's really the dashing Scarlet Pimpernel, who with his trusted band of gentlemen, sneak doomed aristocrats out from under the nose of dour Chauvelain (Ian McKellen) during the French Revolution. He falls in love with actress Marguerite St. Just (Jane Seymour), but decides against telling her his secret when she's accused of being a spy. As his wife tries to figure out the truth, Percy and his men plan for the ultimate grand escape - rescuing the young son of the deposed king and queen of France.

Possibly my favorite film version of one of my most beloved books. Andrews in particular does well with Blakney.

Ended the night with more LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. I finally got through "Retake Theed Palace," after much leaping and cursing (and watching a few tutorials on YouTube). Taking on Darth Maul proved to be much easier. You basically just toss things at him, slash at droids, and follow him until you can actually fight him. Next time I play, I'll be starting Attack of the Clones, probably with a driving level based around that movie's opening sequence in Coruscant.

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