Humor, Popular Culture, Technology and Society Return Of The Jedi July 13, 2022 Rand Simberg 13 Comments Frank J. has the missing scene that makes it all make sense.
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Speaking of making sense of things, he has his work cut out for him when he takes on “The Rise Of Skywalker”. Which I like to subtitle: “My Final Franchise Ticket”.
I don’t think I saw that one. Was it after “The Last Time I Pay for this Crap”?
LUKE: “I used the force to look in the future, and the only thing Jabba is vulnerable to is a slave girl chain smoking. And it will be easy for you because you’ll be so mad.”
Probably because she doesn’t smoke.
Anyway I’m glad that’s cleared up, thanks Frank.
I love it when a plan comes together.
The entire Obi Wan Kenobi series is written just as badly as Luke’s rescue plan. Actually, it’s far far worse.
I’m thinking that the whole plan for Lando is a case of the tragedy of low expectations.
Randal Graves : [talking about the second Death Star] A construction job of that magnitude would require a helluva lot more manpower than the Imperial army had to offer. I’ll bet there were independent contractors working on that thing: plumbers, aluminum siders, roofers.
Dante Hicks : Not just Imperials, is what you’re getting at…
Randal Graves : Exactly. In order to get it built quickly and quietly they’d hire anybody who could do the job. Do you think the average storm trooper knows how to install a toilet main? All they know is killing and white uniforms.
Dante Hicks : All right, so even if independent contractors are working on the Death Star, why are you uneasy with its destruction?
Randal Graves : All those innocent contractors hired to do a job were killed – casualties of a war they had nothing to do with.
[notices Dante’s confusion]
Randal Graves : All right, look-you’re a roofer, and some juicy government contract comes your way; you got the wife and kids and the two-story in suburbia – this is a government contract, which means all sorts of benefits. All of a sudden these left-wing militants blast you with lasers and wipe out everyone within a three-mile radius. You didn’t ask for that. You have no personal politics. You’re just trying to scrape out a living.
I like how David Brin showed up in the comments to plug a different theory.
I’m one of those heretics who only ever liked the first movie. It was a perfect Campbellian hero’s journey, and in the end the hero gets the princess. What’s not to like?
In my view, Lucas broke that when he had the princess hook up with the bad boy, violating the point of the hero’s journey. If the hero doesn’t get the princess, then what is the point of being a hero?
And all of these decades later, look at the state of our culture, where girls are constantly hooking up with chads and posting to OnlyFans and turning would-be heroes into incels. Divorces are over 50%, and it’s the women serving papers in most of those divorces. Things are a mess.
And in my view, all of the sequels to Star Wars played a role in bringing us to where we are now.
I blame it all on the princess’ lame hairstyle and John Hurt playing the birthing person in Alien.
The princess paired up with the bad boy because the hero is her biological brother?
Not in the first movie. That came later.
I suspect that hero’s journey stuff was a retcon as well, just Lucas scrambling to explain why it was such a hit, and turn it into more than a bitchin’ adventure with Space Wizards.
But the Star Wars universe doesn’t bear close scrutiny past the first movie. The Empire ends up with a shorter lifetime than Yugoslavia, and if farm-boy Luke was born during the “Old Republic”, it’s not exactly ancient history. And as somebody observed about the Kenobi series, it’s gonna take a rough ten years for Ewan McGregor to turn into Alec Guinness.
It all falls apart when you make Vader papa Skywalker.
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