For those of you that know me, you know that I am a syndicated film and software reviewer out of Seattle. Like many of you, I followed the news of the Seattle line, and there claims that it is for fun, but I feel that I need to set the record straight. President John Guth of the Seattle Star wars club claims that he is doing it for fun and is surprised about the response. Fact, John spends many hours a day contacting media outlets asking them to cover his events. Another issue, I set up a charity event for them through my radio show years ago and he took credit for it, saying he thought my station and I were members of the club and as the President he does all speaking. Also, when in talks with an agent for an Episode II cast member, she told me how Guth aimed her constantly and said he would not stop until she recognized his authority and responded. I will not even touch the issues of the Lawsuit they filed against a promoter who would not meet their demands. I am not doing this for sour grapes as they do some good things for charities. My complaint is that Guth is using Star Wars to gain attention for himself and does not properly credit those around him. Surely this is not what the spirit of the series is about. This should be a celebration, not a lets use Star wars to get on TV, radio, and get paid for interviews. My final point is that while I am seeing the show on Tuesday at a press screener, I called the theater late yesterday, (A theater called the best in the NW and one of the top 5 in the nation), and was able to buy opening show tickets as well as Friday afternoon tickets. So, their camp out was not about getting tickets and seeing the show opening day, it was all about the attention.
Episode II review up Tuesday Night.