(Ed. Note: Greg and I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens together. He apparently has been considering how one becomes a true Star Wars fan for the first time and shared an email with me, which I have turned into a post)
I read your review and I wanted to put an idea forth to you on Star Wars. Firstly the review was more or less spot-on in my opinion. I’d like to expand on it by taking you through a progression of what I believe is something that needs to be discussed:
How to intake Star Wars for the first time.
This debate, which has gone on for some time, actually has a prevailing theory: The machete order.
I find this theory to vastly under serve one trying to understand the full universe. See, the full universe is not only about the movies- there are books, comics, movies, video games, etc. Some of these are canonical (defined as released directly from a Lucas Company or now Disney) and some aren’t. I am going to create the Ultimate Order using only canonical reference. In which case you can only discuss moves, tv shows, and video games.
Finding flaws in the Prequels isn’t a challenge. Everyone does it. But judging the Best and Worst in the Original Trilogy which I’ve seen so many times and that are iconic is harder than bullseyeing womp rats back home. So I picked out a few favorites, a few misses, and especially looked for connections back to the Prequels that stood out on watching all 6 films in a row.
As part of #BlogElul, the amazing Rabbi Phyllis Sommer suggested I take each day’s theme and connect it to a movie. I am not sure I am up to it – or if that’s really the procrastination device I want use in these 30 days before Rosh Hashanah – but here we go anyway. (Suggestions for movies fitting any of the above themes MOST welcome).
Lots of movie characters “return”: Superman, Batman, the Mummy, the Living Dead, the King (Lord of the Rings), and the Jedi.
I’m going to use Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Partially because, as many people know it was going to be called Revenge of the Jedi, but Lucas realized that Jedis don’t take revenge, but it would have been a cooler name.
Return, in Judaism, is a central concept. Teshuvah, repentance, is about returning to a more complete state in your life. Sometimes that means trying to go back to where you were before. But that never happens. The experiences that drew you apart from another, from yourself, from health or wholeness or righteousness have forever influenced you. You are someone else and need to embrace who you are now, not who you once might have been.