Even baseball-crazed bloggers need a break, and last night I exercised that right by seeing “Episode III.”
What an excellent film. As a big geek of this series, I appreciated how George Lucas bridged the gap to the older movies as storytelling finally took precedence over CGI effects. Most of all, I liked the understated evolution of certain things, like the republic rising to empire, clones becoming storm troopers, and how the design of certain ships reflected the ships in Episodes IV-VI.
Lucas handled "time" in a good way, from the maturity of Obi-Wan to the downfall of Palpatine and Anakin. “Sith” was a well-conceived finale/beginning, and wraps up/plants a seed for one of the greatest epic films of all time.
As for the Phillies-Marlins, a little-less epic, Brian Peoples at the Philling Station has the story this morning:
The Phils rode 17 hits to an uncomfortably close 8-5 win over the first place Marlins. Each member of the starting lineup had at least one hit as the Phillies managed to fight back after the bitter disappointment of last night. After a much-needed day off (especially for Ryan Madson, who provided three (well, 2.2 anyway) stellar innings in relief of Randy Wolf) they go on to Atlanta with just a little bit of wind in their sails.
The big story this series is still the bullpen implosion Tuesday night. The Marlins remain a half-game up on Atlanta and continue to bully this division.
While the fast start by the Fish is no surprise, I still expect this team to crumble because of the questionably dexterity of the pitching staff. You saw what little Al Leiter has left last night, A.J. Burnett is having elbow problems and tonight they’re sending journeyman 36-year-old Frank Castillo to the mound for his first start of the season.