If you were on the internet today you have probably seen the growing rumor that Harrison Ford will be reprising his role as Han Solo in Episode VII. (The rumor started a few weeks back, but posts popped up all over the place again today.)
All this speculation reminds me of one of my all-time favorite segments from This American Life, a piece by John Hodgman from the episode "The Real Story" back in 2003. He talks about his (and everyone's) anticipation of The Phantom Menace, and how he coped with the eventual disappointment. A quote:
When I first downloaded an unofficial audio clip of Jar Jar Binks's quasi-Caribbean step'n'fetchit whining, I spent a long moment staring doubtfully out the window before quietly deleting the file.
Go and listen, it's about 13 minutes long. Hodgman is hilarious and understated and the sentiment will resonate with your raging inner nerd.
In other Star Wars news, I just picked up the first issue Dark Horse's new Star Wars comic which takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Here's an interview with author Brian Wood who will be appearing at Emerald City Comic Con!