Global TV Tech Buzz: Star Wars Identities At Telus World Of Science

It is Oscar weekend, and so we are celebrating in the geekiest way I know how, with a segment all about Star Wars.

Star Wars has made a bit of news this week as it was revealed Harrison Ford is on board to revive his Han Solo character. Well into his 70s by the time Episode VII will come around, it will be interesting to see if he can still make the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.

Mark Hamill revealed that George Lucas made each of the main players a promise that none of their characters would be re-cast should they choose not to come back. Hamill says he’s game for a Luke Skywalker reprise. Still no word from Leia or Lando.

With mastermind of the re-booted Star Trek behind the Star Wars controls, it’s also interesting to note that William Shatner has made himself available for the Star Wars film. Now that would be an interesting twist.

STAR WARS: IDENTITIES

A traveling exhibit of Star Wars art, costumes, and movie memorabilia would have been enough to bring out the crowds. Toss in a bit of science, and you have something that works for everyone.

Star Wars Identities examines how the world around us affects our personality. Tracing the growth of Anakin and Luke, it examines genetics, environment, mentoring, personality, and choice. Luke and Anakin had very similar challenges through life, but approached them very differently, and the results were equally opposite.

You wear a wrist band and make the choices for your character as you wander through the exhibits. You start with choosing your race, and end with deciding whether or not to accept the Emperor’s offer and join the dark side.

THE EXHIBITS

From the original R2D2 to Leia‘s bikini, it’s all here. Han Solo‘s frozen carbon form. Anakin Skywalker‘s pod racer. Yoda. Chewbacca. C3PO. Stormtroopers. Droids. Darth Vader. The collection of costumes, models, and artifacts is amazing.

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But it is the collection of art work on the walls that tells the truly interesting stories.

Jabba was originally a biped, Darth Vader is a hybrid of two original ideas, Han Solo started as an alien, Luke Skywalker was once Luke Starkiller, and .. was even done as a female.

VISITING THE EXHIBITION

Star Wars Identities ends at the Telus World of Science in Edmonton at the end of March. This exhibit is NOT coming to Calgary. Only 75 people are allowed in the exhibit every 15 minutes. You cannot just show up and expect to get a ticket. Go online and book a time so you don’t spend hours in line or, worse, show up to find it is sold out.

geoblocking oscars appAPP OF THE WEEK

It is Oscar night and there is an app for that. The official Oscar app will take you beyond the telecast with more than a dozen streaming video channels from the red carpet to backstage. It’s getting rave reviews, but it is a US app only. All the cool features won’t work in Canada.

So, instead, play Angry Birds Star Wars.