Monday, December 02, 2002

Those Star Wars Movies Are Just So Unrealistic!

Like The Phantom Menace. You know what really got me in that one? The slavery was just so disorganized! What kind of self-respecting society based on slave labor would let its slaves run around free like that? Oh yeah, right. You're a slave but you get to race flying contraptions in your spare time? Sure.

And you know the whole socio-economic system in Star Wars is highly suspect. Really. We're supposed to root for this moribund aristocracy? Is that all the choices we're given? Aristocracy v. Totalitarianism? (And where was the ideology in this Totalitarian state? As far as I can tell the only difference is that the bad guys wear black.)

And frankly, I find it hard to believe that in such a highly developed technological society there would be no alternative to that namby-pamby senate...

What about direct action? Activism? Labor organizing? Where are the Marxists? The populists? What kind of 'rebels' were they? Did they decide things by consensus? No! Just more hierarchical thinking.

And why is everyone so apparently agrarian. Where does all this astounding technology come from? Planets are either totally bucolic and unspoiled wilderness or some kind of extra-terrestrial Nebraska.

Oh, and the stereotypes of Jawas are so offensive...Sure, make the proletarians seem scheming and petit bourgeois instead of representing them as the alienated slave class they truly are.

The unquestionable orthodox nature of Jedi knighthood? Don't get me started on that one! That was the thing that really blew the whole series for me in the end.

Now...Lord of the Rings....That was really plausible. I buy that an artisan-peasant laboring class can produce Elithril and magic wands. One of a kind stuff, ya know. Not like space ships. Space ships require mass production.

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