Originally posted by: Scruffy I think any attempt to find political or moral messages in the PT is doomed to failure. Any indicator of such a message is so muddled that it could be interpreted as
a) poorly handled nuance, or
b) poorly handled superficial exposition.
I agree and it’s sad because that was not always the case with Star Wars. I know many people try to read political messages into everything coming out of Hollywood, but that isn’t my style. The Anakin/Obi-Wan exchange just reeked of political motives to me. It’s as if George was trying to tell the rest of the industry, “Look I know I haven’t always agreed with all of you and I’m considered a maverick, but I still hate Republicans so please love me and let me win some awards for my CG.”
Originally posted by: Gaffer Tape Yeah, in a lot of ways, the prequels, if you look hard enough, don't really represent the Jedi in a very good light at all, to the point where you feel it's good that they were wiped out. But having lowered myself to watching them in George's order (I feel I can't complain if I haven't tried it), it actually makes me a little bit sick that the Jedi return in the "last" movie if they return as the same egotistical assholes they were in the prequels.
Another valid point. Based on the OT I saw the Jedi as above politics, above dogma and above many of the other trappings that keep us mere mortals occupied. There was the force, the force was truth and to use it for personal gain was like stealing money from the offering plate at church. Then George ignores the entire EU (you know the one he approved) and forbids marriage for the Jedi. I can’t decide if that was George taking a hit at the RCC, shitty writing or an excuse to allow an EU author to write another book to explain the discrepancies between the Old Jedi Order (say prior to 1000BBY) and the PT Jedi Order. Unfortunately I think the later two options are closer to the truth.