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HawkerHurricane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:20 PM
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David Brin on Star Wars...


Underwater cities? A city that covers a whole planet? Where've we seen those before? Well, they may be clichs, but Lucas stole them fair and square, and served them back with loads of panache, so he's forgiven. On the other hand, there are other clichs that make you moan aloud. For example:

"Hey, you guys, don't you mess with me because my mom is the Virgin Mary! (At least that's what she told her folks when she came home pregnant one day.) I guess you know what that makes ME, so everybody drop down and give me 20!"

"I think maybe he is the CHOSEN ONE ..." Oh, really? As in "Dune"? Or in "The Matrix"? Or in "Lord of the Rings"? Or "A New Hope" (the original 1977 "Star Wars" movie)? Or ... make your own list. It will stretch for light years.

"He is too old to train to be a Jedi." -- Uh, Yoda? You say 6 is too old, but Luke Skywalker will be a doable fixer-upper at 20? When do you recruit novices -- ripping them from the breast, like the Psi Corps in "Babylon 5"? Does the Jedi Way require complete denial of normal childhood? An odd message for a kid flick!

"Star Wars" despots vs.
"Star Trek" populists

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