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Friday, May 20, 2005

"Stay on Target..."

Several bloggers, including my good friend WillyShake, have discussed George Lucas' recent comments in Cannes that he sees parallels in the rise of the Empire in his movies with the current American political scene. I had thought that these concerns were a little overblown --but when I saw the movie last night, I found that there were indeed a number of potentially explosive political themes that made me wonder if maybe they weren't right after all!
[WARNING: The following comments may contain spoilers for the movie Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith. So, if you aren't aware that one of the major, whiny characters is going to turn into Darth Vader, you might want to skip this post.]

Lucas seems to be implying that abortions should be used to solve all the galaxy's problems. When Padme finds out she's pregnant, she never even discusses ridding her body of the parasitic fetal matter; this despite the fact that an abortion would calm Anakin's fears that she will die in childbirth (which serves as a springboard for his switch to the Dark Side). Also, in this galaxy, we see that working mothers are apparently discriminated against; Padme fears she'll lose her job if her pregnancy is revealed. Also, this "Republic" apparently doesn't provide pre-natal medical care for women without documented marriages; they can build amazing replacements for light-sabered-off limbs, but she can't even get an ultrasound to determine that she's carrying twins!

Lucas also reminds us that the military is always looking to launch coups against progressive leaders. The Chancellor, who talks during the entire movie about how much he wants peace, finds himself under attack by his own military leadership! It's clear to me that Lucas' agenda is to warn against the military leadership ("Jedi Council" being a not-very-well disguised stand-in for the "Joint Chiefs of Staff") gaining too much power. (Yoda even looks a little like Rumsfeld!) [Update: I just noticed that "Jedi Council" and "Joint Chiefs" are both abbreviated "JC"... even more incontrovertible evidence of Lucasian linkage!] The progressive leader, who has had his religion vilified in the press as "The Dark Side" by the military oligarchs that are the Jedi, is able to overcome the military coup leaders by standing up for himself -- a lesson I'm sure Lucas is trying to pass on to today's progressive Democratic leadership.

There are many other plot points in the movie that could be interpreted as support of progressive politics (adoption being used to rip families apart, clones eliminating would-be military dictators, the dangers of heterosexual marriage, etc.) but I think we all can see through Lucas' thinly-disguised attempts to change the political beliefs of all innocent movie goers.

I urge all right-thinking Americans to show their displeasure with Lucas and his attempt to brainwash the movie-going public by only going and seeing the movie like four or five times, instead of the seven or eight you were probably planning on. I, for one, aren't planning on seeing again until Monday...

Update 2332 22 May: Skippy-San posts his thoughts on the movie.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Bernie said...

You needed to see this one to get the hint? Episode 2 was already pointing in that direction. I do in fact believe that Palipatine (The senator turned Emporor) is depicting Bush. As our troops go fourth promoting our idea of freedom (All empires claim to be either liberators or just simply bringing order to kaos) we need to change our national anthem to the "Darth Vader theme"

5/20/2005 11:55 PM

 
Blogger Skippy-san said...

I think either A) You are being sarcastic or B) you ar reading way too much into the movie. Lucas has to create conflict with the Jedi council to give Anakin/Darth a reason to kill them all. Since it was already announced in Star Wars IV that this had happened, he had to get there somehow.

Now that said, I do think they could have devloped the plot a little more and explained some of the nuances you bring up. Maybe she was too busy, to get an ultasound......

5/21/2005 5:29 AM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

Skippy-san: I'd go with A).

5/21/2005 7:58 AM

 
Blogger WillyShake said...

ha-HA! You left out Lucas' sensitivity to the way in which male-male bonds (such as the Palpatine-Anakin friendship/apprenticeship) are vilified as "dark" and insidious. He's totally looking out for NAMBLA's interests! Heterosexual unions & marriage lead to death and pain; man-boy love leads to presige and power. LOL.

5/21/2005 9:37 AM

 
Blogger ninme said...

You're funny.

5/21/2005 11:55 AM

 
Anonymous Bernie said...

Some things we do know:
a) Lucas actually believes all the stuf about "The Force"

b) Lucas is an advocate of world social order.

c) Lucas is a registered Democrat

5/21/2005 4:16 PM

 
Blogger Alex Nunez said...

Man, I'm taking the wife (who is pregnant) to see the movie this afternoon (that'll be the 3rd time for me).

She is going to be all over the ultrasound thing...

That said, that's a funny summary, Bubblehead.

5/22/2005 7:24 AM

 
Blogger Rob said...

:) Politics and "Star Wars"...lethal combination.

Seriously, it's a great flick...the best of the "prequels", and already my second favorite of the lot of 'em (I'm still partial to "The Empire Strikes Back", as Star Wars hasn't had a character quite as good as Han Solo...).

The interplay between Han and Leia in "Empire" was classic. "I'd rather kiss a Wookie!" "I can arrange that! You could use a good kiss!"

Sure, there are some political statements in "Sith"...but man, they really pegged the intense emotion and anger/rage that turned Anakin, and at the end of the show I find that I'm somewhat sympathetic for him...he was young, much to inexperienced for what he was thrust in to, and that allowed Darth Sidious to manipulate him all to easily.

Best line in this one, to me...Palpatine and Yoda. "You're still alive" "Surprised?"

5/23/2005 9:54 PM

 

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