It’s an exciting time in the Star Wars universe. Jeff and Todd start things off talking about all the new shows just announced. Then we talk about fan service, material in a work of fiction or in a fictional series which is intentionally added to please the audience. What are the merits of fan service? Possible pitfalls? We look at examples throughout the films and shows, where it’s worked well and some instances where, maybe less so.
Jeff and Todd discuss Padmé and her call for the vote of no confidence that launched Palpatine’s rise to the chancellorship and to absolute power. We look at her actions from different ethical perspectives – deontological, teleological, virtue – and at her complicated role in the narrative as both hero and pawn, as well as her dominant presence and importance in the arc of the whole saga.
We talk about George Lucas, his background and influences. Flash Gordon, Akira Kurosawa, Horse Opera and Spaghetti Westerns. The sequel trilogy: overall coherence, the Star Wars tradition of seeing contradictions “from a certain point of view”. The sequel trilogy characters: Rey, Rose, and Vice Admiral Holdo.
Part 2 of our discussion. Jeff and Todd talk Star Wars, the great cultural mythology of the modern age. We talk about our own histories with Star Wars, each of the trilogies, other films in the Star Wars universe, Clone Wars, the Mandalorian. Also the cinematic genius of George Lucas, Joseph Campbell and the monomyth. This was our introductory “overview”, even though we couldn’t help going deep into a couple of topics.