Cultural References

Star War (Movies)

"When did you get like this? It's like you've been going over to the dark side bit by bit, so slowly that I didn't notice when you morphed into a full-fledged jackass."

Duncan is referencing the Dark Side of the Force, a concept used in the Star Wars films (in the original and awesome trilogy, the Force was an energy field that binds the universe together; in the less-awesome and actually quite sucky prequels, it's actually, like, midichlorians or something). The character of Anakin Skywalker was seduced by the Dark Side and became Darth Vader. Darth Vader is (close to) German for Dark Father. Aaron Echolls is a father who is...dark. Did I just blow your mind?

1.10 "An Echolls Family Christmas"

"I want you to announce that Terrence Cook has been cleared of suspicion in the bus crash."
"What? Is this some kind of Jedi mind trick?"

This is not the cultural reference you're looking for. Did that not work? Darn. In the Star Wars trilogy, the Jedi, protectors of the galaxy, can exercise control over weak-willed minds. Now, Lamb's mind may be weak-willed, but unfortunately for Terrence, Keith is no Jedi. Which is a shame, because we'd love to see him wielding a lightsaber.

2.14 "Versatile Toppings"

What can be said about Star Wars that hasn't been said by a million fanboys over the years? If you aren't familiar with the score of these uber-famous movies, well, you may have been living in a cave for the last two decades. But if you've come out of the cave into the light, I'll give you a quick refresher. See, there's this bad guy named Darth Vader. He's awesome. Whenever he walks anywhere, there's this music that accompanies him. DUM DUM DUM dum da-dum, dum da-dum...Moe raps this cadence on Wallace and Piz's door when he delivers Meryl to their room. Coincidence? Frak no.

3.07 "Of Vice and Men"

"You didn't get all sweaty in your Wookiee suit, did you?"
"Yuk it up. You know, it's not all Trekkies and Star Wars nerds. I was there because Dave Gibbons has a new graphic novel that he scripted as well as drew."

When you talk about nerds, the "Star" movie/TV show nerds are the first that come to mind. Combined, the two franchises have 11 TV shows, 16 movies, millions of actions figures, and billions of fans lusting over metal-bikinied Princess Leia, shiny-domed Jean-Luc Picard, and sometimes (ew) an extraordinarily tall, very hairy Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. But the Star Wars fans don't have as cool of a nickname as the Trekkies. I guess that's because "Starries" or "Warries" or "StarWarsians" just didn't flow. Neither does "Kashyyykies."

Dave Gibbons is a British writer and graphic artist best known for illustrating a little comic called Watchmen. Never heard of it? Then shame on you! Shame! It was only the best comic in the history of ever and a thrilling deconstruction of the superhero genre. Max was probably referring to Gibbon's 2005 graphic novel The Originals, which he wrote and drew. Who's a big nerd now?

3.11 "Poughkeepsie, Tramps and Thieves"

"Your attention to detail has served us well, young Jedis."

Aha, a Star Wars reference. Jedis are the knights of the Star Wars world. Veronica Mars is the master of them all, and dear Max's friends still have a lot to learn, apparently. But with Veronica's help, maybe one day they will be able to say the famous words: Luke, I am your father.

3.11 "Poughkeepsie, Tramps and Thieves"
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Yoda (Characters)

"Push in on our hero. Natural light frames his handsome, weathered face as he passes sage advice to his doting daughter. The music swells. Important your family is. Hm, hm."

Is it the lines on Aaron's face that inspire Logan? Or perhaps it is the whiny twang of Trina's pleading. Whatever it is, Logan can't help but imitate the high-voiced, wizened puppet Jedi master of Star Wars as he gets to the punchline. Hm. Punchline. As Yoda might wisely comment, "Words in past and future reflected may be."

1.19 "Hot Dogs"
Star Wars kid (People)

"You know what's going to happen, Veronica? I'm gonna end up a downloadable national joke. You know, right up there with Paris Hilton or that Star Wars kid. I-I'll be the video that everyone emails their friends."

Paris Hilton was a national joke even before 1 Night in Paris, a video of her having sex with then-boyfriend Rick Saloman, one of Shannen Doherty's ex-husbands, surfaced on the Internet. Seeing as there is no age restriction on marsinvestigations.net, details will not be discussed. Consider yourself lucky. Known across the internet as the Star Wars kid, Canadian teenager Ghyslain Raza has the dubious distinction of being the star of a video showing a mock lightsaber training session with a golf-ball retriever, along with accompanying noises. After the video was posted on the Internet without his consent, creative cyber geeks soon edited in real lightsaber sound effects and graphics, leading to this video being downloaded literally millions of times. Raza and his parents have filed a lawsuit against the families of the kids who posted this video, said to have caused him emotional trauma because of the rather unflattering light in which he is portrayed.

1.20 "M.A.D."
Jabba the Hutt (Characters)

"She requested I step outside my job description at Java the Hut the other day."

Jabba the Hutt, the several-ton gangster creature, and his buddies were fixtures in the Star Wars movie series. Jabba wasn't the most attractive thing out there, and he was known for tormenting and killing his followers. Lest anything similar should happen to Jackie, here's hoping she learned her lesson and will never ask Veronica for a macchiato again. Retract claws, Veronica.

2.03 "Cheatty Cheatty Bang Bang"
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Characters)

"Help me, Mars-wan Kenobi; you're my only hope."

The wise old bird of the original, fab Star Wars trilogy or Ewan McGregor in the less fab prequel trilogy. In the 1977 film — the first of the first three, that is — Princess Leia implanted a message in a droid — "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi; you're my only hope." Logan appeals to Veronica, as he does to many of us. Imagine him in the gold bikini. Or, you know, Logan appeals to Veronica for help.

2.08 "Ahoy, Mateys!"

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