Tuesday 29 July 2014: consume you it will
"Why does Darth Vader wear his suit? Why can he not breathe by himself? Why does he have robot hands? Why did Luke Skywalker point a wee gun at the little alien? Why is the Emperor more bad than Darth Vader? Why was Darth Vader seduced by the dark side of the Force? Why do the snow stormtroopers have extra bits of white on their costumes? Why is there a long bridge between the spaceship and the door? Who shot the robot with the shiny body? Why did he go into that room? Why does Darth Vader have buttons on his suit? Why did Obi-Wan Kenobi speak to Luke Skywalker? What was the thing in the swamp?"
Three-quarters of the way through Empire. One more session should finish it. After that we can relax a bit as the Major Plot Point will have been Revealed. Strangely, he didn't ask one single question throughout the entire "luminous beings are we, not this crude matter" scene; perhaps it's quite obvious what's going on. The idea is to get all existing six films (and then possibly the cartoon extra bits) in plenty of time for Episode Seven at the end of next year. Whilst his appreciation of the first two and the good bits of the third one might be tempered by not having to wait until his early twenties for any more, he ought to get more out of the three prequels as a youngster than as an adult, better-choreographed-lightsabre-scenes notwithstanding.
I forgot we'd been gifted this from some friends whose youngsters are now too large for it. Unfortunately its retrieval from the cupboard wasn't appreciated as much by his visiting cousin, who was apparently a bit nervous at the sight of it.