Kes Zerda (keskitsune) wrote,
Kes Zerda

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A realization on star wars

The concept of the jedi/sith duality in star wars always bugged me for some reason. I know, overanalyzing silly movie religion, but at the same time, I never quite figured out what exactly was the defining thing that bugged me. However, a few minutes ago, it came to me exactly what did bug me about the whole thing:

[17:09] <Sparks> Only a Sith deals in absolutes.
[17:09] <KesKittaur> Sparks, but isn't that an absolutist statement in and of itself
[17:10] <KesKittaur> doesn't this mean that jedi themselves are sith?

This was something the original series hinted at a few times, but never really overtly said. The prequels on the other hand used this as a hammer in several places and eliminates any sympathy one may have for the supposed heroes, which I think was what killed the franchise there.

Warning: Heresy

The same heavy handedness is also why I didn't like Empire Strikes Back. It felt too...well...too heavy handed in the attempts to be Serious Science Fiction. Lucas is wonderful at the concept of Technicolor Space Opera -- bright, colorful, not too serious, epic space scenes, etc. However, much like technicolor, the subtlety gets lost somewhere along the way. The depth, the shadows, the unevenness of characters are what makes things wonderful and dark; I just have never felt that Empire had those things.
Tags: heresy, movies

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