Debates at the authenticity of the Star Wars franchise and the hero-or-villain prestige of George Lucas are on the middle of those essays through bestselling science-fiction authors. The tremendous approval for the flicks has ended in the formation of robust feelings in the technology fiction neighborhood at the strengths and flaws of the movies, exemplified right here by way of David Brin's assaults and Matthew Woodring Stover's safety of the flicks. This severe exam of the epic works addresses a vast variety of issues—from politics, faith, and the saga's total good judgment to the impression of the sequence on bookshelf house in addition to science-fiction movie. The query Is George Lucas a hero for bringing technology fiction to a mass viewers or a villain who doesn't comprehend the style he's operating for? is mentioned sooner than a last "Judge's Verdict" at the greatness—or weakness—of the franchise is reached.
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Rather, he sticks to his guns, holding up his saga as an agonized Greek tragedy worthy of Oedipus—an epic tale of a fallen hero, trapped by hubris and fate. Alas, if that were true, wouldn’t Star Wars by now have given us a better-than-caricature view of the dark side? Don’t swallow it. The apotheosis of a mass murderer is exactly what it seems. And we should find it chilling. Only then it gets worse. Much worse. For you see, there is another Lucasian character that makes the adoration of young Darth seem positively benign.
But wasn’t that fun? Yeesh. This is “wisdom”? No wonder Young Skywalker gets married without permission! All right. Point by individual point, this can be called nitpicking. But the pattern adds up, relentlessly, to a clear picture of Yoda that doesn’t support all the superficial press he’s given, as an archetype of right-living. Rather, if you look closer, he’s an imperious little elfguru, secretive and domineering, judgmental and unkind. Humorless and never, ever informative. Oh, one can see how this might fit somebody’s cartoon image of an austere and demanding, quasi-oriental sage.
May proceed. Matthew Woodring Stover: (checking his notes) Mr. Brin, in what verse of The Iliad does Achilles slay thousands with a wave of his hand? When I read it, I seem to recall that he actually only fights Trojan heroes (who are hardly disposable extras)—and that each of the Trojans slain by the Greek heroes (and vice versa) is provided by Homer with a capsule biography, specifically referring to details such as his childhood, his homeland and the family that will weep for him— Droid Judge: Mr.