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Star Wars - John C. Kirk

Sep. 30th, 2006

09:41 pm - Star Wars

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From:totherme
Date:October 2nd, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
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I've always been of the opinion that it's best to read in the order stuff was written, as far as is practical. That way you catch litirary references, etc. Sometimes, if the author is good, you have to re-read stuff in the light of things you discovered later - but this is a good thing :)

As for the prophesy - working on the basis that it's more fun, and leads to a happier life to stitch up plot holes than to prise them open:

I suspect that there's nothing intrinsically good or evil about light and dark. Good and evil are human concepts, but the Force is universal, as is light and darkness. You only get unpleasantness when the two energies are in conflict. So the status quo at the beginning of the prequals is that there is a conflict between those who study light, at the expense of ever being able to express themselves (they're not allowed love, remember), and those who study darkness, and revel in their emotions, at the expense of being very dangerous to be around. The problem is that there's no-one about with the capability to unify these bodies of knowledge. The prophesy expresses the inevitability that someone will eventually figure it out, and thus end the conflict.

Not that the jedi necessarily all entirely understand that prophesy of course ;) It could be argued that Qui-Gon came to understand it after death and that this might explain the more bizzare actions of the likes of Obi-Wan in the original trilogy. Perhaps they deliberately put Luke through that emotional roller-coaster so as to make him understand how powerful and important his feelings were, but in a less Sithy way than the emperor would have...

Just a thought, anyway :)
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From:pozorvlak
Date:October 2nd, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
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Or there's the more straightforward interpretation: Vader brought balance to the Force by killing all but two of the Light Jedi, and the Jedi didn't realise this until too late :-) But I like the fourth paragraph in totherme's comment.

Order: how about IV, V, I, II, III, VI? So the Vader's-childhood bit becomes an extended flashback? Of course, it could be argued that the best order is IV, V, VI, stop. :-)
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From:johnckirk
Date:October 10th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
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Perhaps they deliberately put Luke through that emotional roller-coaster so as to make him understand how powerful and important his feelings were, but in a less Sithy way than the emperor would have...

There's a comic strip I've just read along similar lines:
http://www.shortpacked.com/d/20050523.html
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