Friday, April 19, 2013

Patton Oswalt's Star Wars Filibuster (Parks and Recreation)

Patton Oswalt recently guest starred on Parks and Recreation (Season 5, Episode 19 "Article Two"), playing a Pawnee citizen who launches a filibuster to prevent a city council vote. A hardcore fanboy, he spends it describing in detail his ideas for the upcoming "Star Wars Episode VII." Here's the full 8+ minute improvised scene, before it was edited down for the show:

What's sad is that my mind went to similar places upon first hearing the news of Disney buying Star Wars. I didn't go so far as to draft an elaborate treatment or storyboard complete scenes, but I did immediately and excitedly consider how a Star Wars-Avengers crossover might work, and, unlike Oswalt, I wasn't paid or kidding. On the contrary, I took the geeky "armchair executive" approach of completely seriously speculating on all the crossover possibilities that suddenly became not only possible but even probable. Nothing ridiculous like Clash of the Titans (because that's Warner Bros.), and no X-Men (because Fox has that license). Like I said, I was taking this seriously. But Darth Vader as an optional superboss in Kingdom Hearts III? Tetsuya Nomura just better make sure to get him into the North American release. A Star Wars land in the fairy-tale universe of ABC's Once Upon a Time? Terrible show, but YES.

And as for that Star Wars-Avengers crossover movie (which I consider inevitable)? Well, thinking back to the beginning of Avengers—how useless the mere mortal humans were against Loki—I just imagined a single droideka standing in for the Marvel supervillain in that scene, teleporting in across dimensions and having comparable resilience and firepower to ride roughshod over S.H.I.E.L.D.'s best agents. Nick Fury would probably wet himself to learn just how hopelessly, hilariously outgunned humanity would be against what else awaited on the other side of that portal.

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