StarThoughts said: and the “virgin birth” is not only pulled by the hair in TPM, but doesn't pay off in ROTS in any meaningful way.
More importantly it doesn't pay off or have any impact on the story in the OT whatsoever.
its funny when the backlash first started against the virgin birth, lucas and all the apologists tried to downplay it by claiming 'every religion has at least one story of a virgin birth!!'
what hilarious is that it actually made it even more stupid!!
This was The Emperor's new Clothes moment for me and made me realize that lucas has no understanding of myths beyond only the most superficial level. He got caught up in his own hype as a 'mythmaker' and said to himself 'i need to make this mythical!! let me see..oh! yeah of course! i'll contrive a virgin birth!!!!! and then i'll make a prophecy!"
Plinkett hit it right on the head that the only reason we think Anakin is something special is because the other characters simply say so over and over again. And lucas had to overblow his importance because he was completely incompetant in developing anakin's character.
there is no payoff or impact in OT because it wasnt an idea and Lucas had no time machine. We should actually be grateful he didnt physically force and demand Ewan Mcgregor to redub Alec Guinesses lines in the OT to make references to this stupid plot device.
but bewarned: if you're looking at the ST as a return to form, keep your expectations in check and count on Lucas demanding that the virgin birth is referenced ad nauseam. I keep hearing 'lucas is not involved anymore. he doesnt have control anymore'. but how do we really know this? True, he is concentrating his efforts on ruining CHicago's LakeFront with his vanity museam. But How do we know Kathleen Kennedy isnt serving as Lucas' stooge? The sales contract called for Disney to take his 'treatments', how much can they deviate? if the production team finds an idea absolutely stupid, can they ditch it?
sheeeeit. im ranting and repeating myself again. need to stop.
[sigh] just sell us the damn OOT.