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Jan. 21st, 2007

09:13 pm - Star Wars geekery, this reinterpretation makes SO much sense

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A New Sith, or Revenge of the Hope

If we accept all the Star Wars films as the same canon, then a lot that happens in the original films has to be reinterpreted in the light of the prequels. As we now know, the rebel Alliance was founded by Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bail Organa. What can readily be deduced is that their first recruit, who soon became their top field agent, was R2-D2. [...] Much of Obi-Wan's behaviour in this film, and Yoda's in the next, can best be understood if they are frankly scared to death of what Luke might become.

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From:vorrant
Date:January 22nd, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
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Absolutely brilliant.
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From:omnifarious
Date:January 22nd, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it's so brilliant you wonder if that's not the actual truth of things. :-)

Have you ever read the "His Dark Materials" series? This Star Wars thing reminds me of that. The Dark Materials series is a retelling of the Christian mythos from a different perspective and a lot of things suddenly make a lot more sense that way.

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From:vorrant
Date:January 22nd, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
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I read the series in 2005 and really liked it. Now I just wonder how they can make the movies and not get firebombed by kristians.
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From:omnifarious' OpenID account [omnifarious.org]
Date:January 22nd, 2007 07:45 am (UTC)
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That is indeed a good question. :-)

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From:redhotswing
Date:January 22nd, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
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His Dark Materials always struck me as the secular humanist's Chronicles of Narnia.
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From:omnifarious
Date:January 23rd, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
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That is a good description of it.

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From:memegarden
Date:January 24th, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)
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I found His Dark Materials mean-spirited and nasty. And I'm an atheist.
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From:omnifarious
Date:January 24th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Really? Out of curiosity, why?

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From:memegarden
Date:January 24th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Mainly because it portrayed an unfair caricature of Christianity (clearly meant as such by the trappings and terms, even if not named so), enough of a slander that I felt offended on religionists' behalf. I found it something like the Nazi caricature of Jews as lustful, child-killing, thieving villains--unrelated to reality, cruel, and unjust. If he wants to criticize religion, there's plenty to criticize without making stuff up.
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From:omnifarious
Date:January 25th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
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*nod* I can see that. I don't think, for example, that Christians would ever condone something like the Oblation Board from the book. But I can see them sending their own children to someplace that would make sure they forever stayed free from sin.

And Father Gomez with his lifetime of asking for forgiveness and being pure so he could commit one evil act later seems very Christian.

But, yes, I can see your point.

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From:akashayi
Date:January 23rd, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
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For some reason, the visual image of someone 'leaking force all over the place' is cracking me up.
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From:omnifarious
Date:January 24th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
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One has the image of a puppy that hasn't yet been potty-trained. :-)

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