I just do not understand the desire that some people have to be the first to get or do something that seems so trivial, and even if that lead is so fleeting and intangible. For example, the people lining up for days in advance, or paying others to do so, just for the privilege of getting a new iPhone on the day it is released, when you could wait a few days and get it at your leisure. But it seems to matter greatly to some to be the first.
But even more ridiculous is that people are apparently willing to pay up to about UK £1,000 to get opening night tickets to see the new Star Wars film.
What’s the point? What would be lost by waiting a few days or even a week? Who would be impressed by this? Do they think their grandchildren will be awe-struck when they recount that they saw the film on the first day of release? Does it confer some bragging rights that they cannot do without? If someone bragged to me about this, I would secretly think that the person was a sucker for shelling out so much for something he could have got much cheaper the next day.
I saw the first three films (episodes 4,5,6) and thought they were pretty good. I then saw #1 and hated it so much that I skipped 2 and 3. I don’t know if I will watch the new release.
Here’s a joke I came across for aficionados of the series.
Q: Why were Star Wars Episodes 4, 5, and 6 released before 1, 2, and 3?
A: Because in charge of scheduling, Yoda was.
But there is no question that the Star Wars saga inspires a level of passion in some fans that is inexplicable to others.