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Mike O
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Remember when everyone hated Return of the Jedi?
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30-Jun-2006, 5:30 PM
Originally posted by: Invader Jenny
Originally posted by: JediFlyer06
Ewoks were not a horrendous BACKGROUND character. But, even at the age of eleven, I never believed that a band of teddy bears with sticks and stones would defeat a legion of the Emperor's best troops in a single afternoon..."not no way, not no how." That was just silly.

You see, that's strange. When I was 11 and saw ROTJ for the first time I thought that the Ewoks worked brilliantly. They were the embodiment of innocents, hope, and goodness. The stormtroopers were harsh, military, narrow minded (and weak minded) drones who's only task was to do what the emperor told them. It's a classic subplot on a variation of David and Golith.

To this day, I don't have problems with Ewoks. I know that everybody hates them, but I don't. They are proof that you don't need military superiority to win an impossible battle. You just need srength of will. Sure they lost some Ewoks on the way, but in the end good won over evil.

Mind-bogglingly bizzare though it may sound, I actually once heard the Ewoks refereced as an allegory for Vietnam (okay...). To me Return of the Jedi suffers from the same sydrome as movies like Alien 3 and Romero's Day of the Dead. While it has many good elements in its own right, it is overshadowed by it's two vastly superior predecessors, and a series of flaws. In other words, "there's a good movie in here somewhere" syndrome. Other examples may include Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and The Godfather, Part III. As for the Ewoks being able to beat the Stormtroopers, that is in many ways true, and I do find it odd that the the Stormtroopers, as the force for the most evil Empire in the galaxy sure don't seem to be the sharpest tools in the intergalactic shed. Interesting interpretation Jenny. I think that part of the reason that Jedi is looked upon the way that it is that like the afforementioned over/underrated films previously mentioned, it serves more to tie up loose ends than anything else. Jedi has some great elements( the space battle and the superb Luke-Vader sequence at the finale for instance), but it's whole seems to be less than the sum of its parts. I enjoy it for what it is, but I certainly think that there is a great deal of validity to the claims that it is not a fitting end to the trilogy in comparison to Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. A lot more could be said about Jedi, but this post is too long already, so I'll stop now.