Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Not quite getting it right

Yesterday I was watching Pawn Stars (which is fairly entertaining and not a bad way to wind down at the end of the night), and some guy came into the pawn shop trying to sell them an R2D2 Pepsi cooler.

Like this.

They shop owners didn't buy it because the guy selling it wanted too much money, but they did talk about it, and when they showed a plate of the droid cooler with a description of it, they had some music playing in the background. And it was this:

Now, I understand that the producers were unable or unwilling to pay for the rights to use John Williams' actual music for their little pawn show, especially for such a short duration, but, c'mon History Channel! Who are you foolin'? Everybody knows that music is not the Star Wars theme! And, even though I absolutely love almost everything written by Dvořák, I found it a little insulting that they would use such a classic work, try to pass it off as Star Wars, and think nobody would notice!

I noticed. And it bugged me.

Do better next time, History.


AlanDP said...

Yeah...they could've used a snippet of Holst's "Mars: The Bringer of War" and almost no one would have noticed.

Albatross said...

Or even "Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity." I'm convinced John Williams had that piece in mind when he composed part of the music for the throne room scene at the end of Star Wars. It would have worked better, I think.