It happens to be May the 4th, and a Monday, so I couldn’t let this go by without doing a Star Wars based inquisition of the week. First let’s get to the results of the heated race over the last two weeks for the most classic arcane spell, with a total of 367 votes submitted. It didn’t take a leap of faith on my part to predict that this one would come down to Fireball and Magic Missile, but I really didn’t think it would be as intense as it got. Magic Missile came out the victor with 47% (171 votes) just a little bit ahead of Fireball with 43% (158 votes), though many of the comments on the post point out a strong belief that Fireball is a much better spell and therefore should win it doesn’t appear enough people were swayed by the argument. Of the 13 other spells that were horribly neglected in the poll, Sleep was the only spell that managed to get even 10 votes, while Charm Person, Time Stop, and Wish all came in next with 4 votes. Cone of Cold and Lightning Bolt also got a few votes, while Hold Person and Stoneskin didn’t manage to pick up any votes! I’m a bit surprised, considering I’ve seen a badass flying Eye of Grummsh in 3.x taken out in the first round by a hold person spell. No matter what, it was an excellent race between Magic Missile and Fireball, perhaps we’ll find another way in the future to see which spell truly is the best and most used.
Now on to today’s events, with what could possibly be one of the corniest geek habits of using dates to make inside jokes, “May the 4th be with you” is apparently something that isn’t going away anytime soon. It occured to me that we have never done a poll about the Star Wars movies, which I am correcting today. We did run one back in June of 2007 about which Star Wars videogame is your favorite which had KOTOR winning out, but we have never asked which Star Wars movie is your favorite, so here it goes!
I’m sure this will be one that people will want to discuss in the comments, and please no flaming anyone that actually vote for The Phantom Menace, after all it was the first really cool actual light saber fighting we’d ever seen so they can get a break for that at least. I’ve also included The Clone Wars animated movie to be all-inclusive, though I did have to resist putting Space Balls (and Space Balls 2: The Search for More Money) on the list for the sake of hilarity.