Friday, May 29, 2015

Blue Sky - Star Wars Cantina by Jeff C.

Blue Sky - Star Wars Cantina

Written by Jeff C.

When I first heard that a Star Wars themed restaurant was coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios, I was like "Thank the maker!"  

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But, then the sad reality kicked in.  It was only temporary for Star Wars Weekends.  Housed in "an abandoned starship hangar" sounds like a cheap excuse for a lack of decor and an unfinished, non-immersive look.  In addition, the restaurant offers pretty standard fare with punny names covering for the absence of theming.  It reminded me of a Halloween episode of The Big Bang Theory in which Raj merely added monster names to dishes like "Draculoni and Cheese."  "Pilot Pomme Frites"?  Those are French Fries.  I do understand that few food items are mentioned in the films and corn dogs do resemble light sabers, but what a missed opportunity.

At least its existence gave me a new hope (see what I did there?) that a permanent restaurant would be built.  So, what would it be like?  An obvious choice would be to recreate the Mos Eisley Cantina under kinder, gentler management and less violence-prone clientele.  The local garrison of Stormtroopers had to respond to a disturbance during their shift.

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The Tatooine Traders shop already presents a strong thematic element, so continuing it makes sense.  If Sonny Eclipse can pop up from time to time at Cosmic Ray's, I'm certain Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes  can do the same at the cantina.  Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes - Wikipedia, the free en...
Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes (also known as the Cantina Band) is a fictional band from George Lucas's science fiction saga Star Wars. The group first appeared in...
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Somewhere I read that Star Wars Weekends would also feature blue ice cream which looked as if it were made from the blue milk seen briefly in Episode IV and Episode II.  Apparently, it's produced by female Banthas.

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A young Princess Leia stars in a commercial for the wholesome goodness of Tatooine's Bantha Blue Milk, which is soooo much better for you than that nasty Imperial Blue Milk.
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It may have inspired this "song" during the Exploding Piano Myth in Mythbusters (start at the 1:00 minute mark)
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During the filming of Exploding Piano, Tory, Grant and Kari perform
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The Rebel Hangar appears to have placed a great deal of emphasis on the alcoholic beverages, but not a simpler beverage like bottled water possibly from Owen Lars's moisture farm.  I'd buy it just for the container. I believe Aunt Beru was preparing some kind of vegetable stew in a combination food processor/slow cooker as noted in the clip below:

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To me, the single biggest missed opportunity concerned the mysterious substance called Spice as in the Spice Mines of Kessel.  You could consume desserts of Glitterstim Spice Drops and Spice Cake.  Then again, Spice was reportedly highly addictive. While I can see why Disney struggled with a Stars Wars themed restaurant, it just seemed like a halfhearted effort.  I would have been happier scarfing down a Bantha Burger and a Chocolate Chip Wookiee.  

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