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Last night I was among those waiting in line for the 12:01 a.m. showing of "Episode III, Revenge of the Sith," the sixth and last installment of George Lucas' saga, which took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

I ordered Star Wars T-shirts for my brother and I a week ago; the tickets were bought more than two weeks ago; the girlfriend was warned about the late night venture as soon as the movie date was announced.

Even though it meant being red-eyed and weary at work at 6 a.m. today, just a few hours after the movie ended ... I went.

I was ready. We were ready.

Our strength flows from the force, just like the Jedi.

But the Sithness that permeates my veins is nothing compared with the real fanatics -- the guys who live and breathe this stuff, who remember the moment when Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and the guy with James Earl Jones' voice entered their lives.

Guys like Jason Tayros, the Ewa Beach resident and University of Southern California film-school graduate who's been in line at the Dole Cannery theaters since Saturday. Tayros got into film school because he was inspired by "Star Wars." Tonight, he even plans to wear the camouflage outfit of the rebel troops who landed on the forest moon of Endor in "Return of the Jedi."

This guy is cool.

"It's a rebel commando costume," he explains. "Some people call it the Endor trooper, but technically that's not correct."

Tell me more, brother.

"Star Wars" fans were camped out in the lobby of the Signature Theatres in Dole Cannery for "Revenge of the Sith."

Tayros remembers the moment in "Return of the Jedi" that made him a lifetime "Star Wars" fan and, like me, ensured that any woman he goes out with looks at him scornfully whenever he dwells on the Sci-Fi channel too long.

"It was that part Darth Vader, lunged at Luke Skywalker, and he (Luke) does that backflip on the scaffold," Tayros said. "I remember the whole theater clapped."

For myself, it was during "Empire Strikes Back" when Luke faces off against his soon-to-be-revealed-father and Vader says, "The Force is strong with you young Skywalker ... but you are not a Jedi yet." Other people, my brother for example, can repeat the entire sequence of the Dagobah training scenes where Yoda instructs Luke in the ways of the Force.

He even does the Yoda voice. When he was younger, he had the Yoda ears ... but I digress.

Lest anyone think this is a single man's event, think again. Honolulu resident Jack Morgan was taking his 7-year-old son Joe to the "Episode III" midnight show last night, though he had to make sure his child was property schooled in "Star Wars" lore before introducing him to the last film.

Of course, his son is skipping school to watch the show at Dole Cannery theaters, but otherwise this guy is the poster child for responsible parenting.


"He's had a crash course in all the movies. ... I showed him "Episode IV" first ("Star Wars, A New Hope") because I thought he should see the movies in order of production," Morgan said. "My wife thinks I'm a big dork ... but really I'm doing it to have father-son time."

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