Today, we said goodbye to the icon of a generation. One that little girls wanted to be like and one that little boys had dirty dreams about. Carrie Fisher died from complications from a heart attack she suffered on Saturday. Always the film queen, Debbie Reynolds followed her daughter into eternity two days later. We believe she died of a broken heart. Carrie made such an impact, actually everyone from this franchise has made such an impact on our society . Let’s just count the ways that Luke, Darth, Han and of course, Leia have come into pop culture.
“Friends” The One With the Princess Leia Fantasy. Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) was asked by his girlfriend Rachel (Jennifer Anniston) about him having a special fantasy they could stage in the bedroom. Ross gave the answer that every geek boy wanted, Princess Leia in the gold bikini. Shame the fantasy was ruined when Ross imagined the Princess was his mother. Damn you Chandler!
“That Seventies Show” “A New Hope” Just like typical boys in the seventies, Eric and the gang go to see the movie and this brings fantasies to Eric of Donna as the Princess.
“Spaceballs” Blame it on the master , Mel Brooks to come up with the ultimate Star Wars spoof. Just like in his other movies, he shows up in the movie. This time he is in a couple of times, as a Yoda type character with the phrase “May the Schwartz be With You” . The late John Candy was Barf , Bill Pullman as Lone Star. Daphne Zuniga from “Melrose Place” played Princess Vespa.
“Blue Harvest” from “Family Guy” Seth McFarlane has to be the most popular guru in pop culture. He has taken celebrities and made fun of them and McFarlane himself is a sci fi geek. We remember fondly the “Family Guy” spoof where Vader is none other than the evil one himself, “Stewie” Lois makes an awesome Leia.
Wes Craven’s homage to Hollywood in “Scream 3” allowed Carrie to make fun of herself. She played a studio employee that helped Gale and the fake Gale (Parker Posey) look up Maureen Prescott. Carrie claimed that she was close to the part of Leia , but the other girl go the part because she slept with George Lucas.
“The Big Bang Theory “is a tribute to geekdom . There have been many comic book icons and sci fi ones that have guest starred on the show. . These include Stan Lee, Nathan Fillion, and the late Leonard Nimoy . In” The Convention Conundrum” Sheldon wishes to make his own Comic Con and runs into James Earl Jones. They spend a fun day together that ends with them playing a practical joke on Princess Leia herself. Guess the Princess didn’t take it too well.
“My Two Dads” “Scrubs” took the gang and made them Star Wars characters. It was hilarious to see the opinionated Dr Cox as Obi Wan …JD was of course Luke.
Liz Lemon(played by Tina Fey )worshipped Princess Leia so much she wanted a Star Wars wedding on “30 Rock” .
“How I Met Your Mother’s” Barney actually had a life size storm trooper in his apartment . His buddies, Ted and Marshall tested relationships by asking potential girlfriends questions like , do you like ewoks?
“Freedom” Grey’s Anatomy” Bailey proved that she was a Star Wars fan by explaining to a young man that he is like Han Solo when he has trapped himself in concrete .
“Modern Family” “Planes Trains and Automobiles” Mitchell tells Cameron that he left his Luke action figure on a plane and his father never tried to get it back. Cameron surprises him by replacing the toy.
“Castle” Final Frontier” Castle is at a sci fi convention and there is a murder. Beckett and Castle discuss that when Alexis was a little girl she made the cutest Princess Leia and he was Darth Vader when they went to the Comic Cons. We also find out that Castle has a statue of Boba Fette in his bathroom.
“17 Again” Matthew Perry becomes Zac Efron and he has to stay with his geeky friend , Ned. Ned is played by none other than Matthew’s” Odd Couple” co star Thomas Lennon. Fun fact: Thomas was on an episode of “Friends” as Joey’s hand twin when the gang was in Vegas.
RIP Princess and her mother from Chitownstarconnections