Great list, and thanks for compiling! For what it's worth, my comic--Roche Limit, from Image Comics--was just announced to be heading to SyFy. io9 had the news.
#4 Davidson is certainly played off as a bumbling captain, and when we’re seeing the story through his eyes, that’s how it feels. He’s a monster, there’s little doubt, but Le Guin didn’t write like Upton Sinclair. Her approach to Davidson was more subtle and builds over time.
(Although I do see what you're saying with the inclusion of other protagonists, and I should have been more specific to Davidson)
Hey all! Michael, the writer here. Thanks for all these comments--some really good stuff here.
I usually don't comment on my own threads, but I wanted to make something really clear: Never, at any point do I say "You know who's not so bad? The Sith." No. Just because I said Anakin was complex doesn't justify the galaxy's evil ruling order. The idea behind this article is that if we're talking about Jedi who possessed complexities beyond the binary side of good vs. evil, Anakin's arc in the prequels is an interesting example. And this is BEFORE his fall to the dark side and becoming Vader, obviously, because by then he's A. no longer Anakin and B. utterly evil and no longer possessing the complexities that I'm talking about.
When I say things like "his morals are flexible"--gang, I'm kidding. Just a little bit of levity. Clearly, when his principles bend to killing all the sand people or the younglings, that's not a flexible morality.
Outside of that, again, the point is that Anakin, at his core, was a Jedi who possessed different layers, and it's interesting to look at that.
Again, thanks for reading and commenting!
@7 and @3 You're totally right! I don't know how that fact escaped me. My mistake--good catch.
@5 This is true. She really didn't have anything to do in the movie. She did a lot with a little because she's so great, but the movie didn't ask all that much of her. And, thankfully, she wasn't remarkably bad and worth note (paging Juliette Lewis!).
@4 Interesting! I didn't know that she was supposed to be PJ Harvey. That's more fitting, I can see that.
@3 Ha! Good catch. That's why my Multipass gives me nothing but problems...
Oh, people totally miss this as satire. Check out the original reviews–it was judged, largely, as being childish and no more than B-movie schlock. But that’s the genius–or at least part of the genius–on display, in that Verhoeven used a B-movie aesthetic to really great use. Now, this opinion has changed, a little, over time (from what I see), but it still pretty much seems relegated to a campy sci-fi flick and nothing more, which isn’t true (in my opinion). Point being: there’s a lot in this movie that was taken for granted when it came out, and it hasn’t had a major rediscovery (as other films are treated to) since. The sequels–which are pretty bad–don’t do the original any favors, either.
And Forever War–one of the greatest sci-fi novels of all time, without question. It should be read regardless of Starship’s context. It should be read by everyone, I’d say.
I worry about who's going to make it as well. Because Kanan and Ezra can't--that's what my logical brain tells me. You can't have other Jedi running around (or, at least, sorta Jedi) post-New Hope. But then I wonder how they handle that. You can't kill Ezra. He's the star of a show that's aimed at kids. That would be very surprising. Anything could happen, but I'd be very surprised if the star of a Disney XD show dies at the end.
So, who knows what's in store--it'll be interesting, I'm sure. I love Rebels.
Thanks, Alan. VERY cool!
And BTW--here's where I saw Filoni talking Rebels/Rogue One:
And Alan, do you happen to have links to those audio dramas you mentioned? That would be awesome to check out.
Cham Syndulla--Hera's father--was never an official part of the Rebel Alliance, not based on anything we've seen. His last appearance, in season three of Rebels, had him still leading the Free Ryloth movement. While aligned with the Rebel Alliance, it's not the same.
And Dave Filoni has confirmed that's the Ghost and Chopper.
I totally agree--never did I feel distracted by seeing, say, the Ghost parked in the hangar. I just loved catching it.
This movie was terrific in so many ways, I'm right there with you.
That's a good point, MaGnUs. I tried to keep the piece more of a connective through line. Because there were the Corvettes, the blue milk, the Juggernaut, Evazan and Ponda Baba, etc.
Man, now that I think on it, there's a ton of nods in there! I, for one, love the fabric of the movie. I know some people said they didn't enjoy the nods, but I thought it was a lot of fun.
But thanks for pointing that out--it reminded me of how full that movie is.
Thank you, Matthew. Corrected.
Funny enough, your comment and my catching that must have just crossed. I noticed that, with horror, just a minute ago and updated it.
Insert "that is why you fail" meme...
"Hoax Hunters? I remember that comic! Are you ever going to continue it?"
Hey Matthew! Good question, and thanks for remembering HH. I plan on continuing it at some point in the future, when time allows. I love that universe, and there's still lots of stories to tell there.
Thanks for asking!
That’s interesting you guys never heard of it, because when I was writing this article, I could find very little online (except for this: https://www.navigators.org/Tools/Evangelism%20Resources/Tools/The%20Bridge%20to%20Life and a few other mentions). I actually had an illustrated version of the Bridge to God in my wallet since 1999, but when I lost my wallet about a year ago, I lost the copy as well. Maybe it’s not as prevalent as I thought? I pasted a little picture I found via google as well. Very simplified, but that's the gist.
And saavik, I agree–those two movies make an excellent pair, for a lot of discussions. Thinking of all this makes me excited to watch them back to back when Arrival is available for home viewing.
I'm not sure what you mean, Ridiculon. Can you explain a bit more? Definitely interested in what you have to say, of course.
True, politeruin, but no one else takes off their suits. They’re all terrified and skeptical, and they have the exact same evidence as Louise (they seem to all be working off the assumption that the heptapods are a foe, not a friend, which is something the film doesn’t at all hide). Sure, you can say it’s all science, but it’s not the first science v faith debate to come along; you could say it’s all science and she knew, but you can just as easily add that they were in an alien ship, and the idea that there were things in their human instruments can’t detect are a very real possibility–hence why the others wouldn’t remove their suits and why Louise, IMO, took a leap of faith. Science + faith.
I agree, and that's a good point! Because the hetapods, too, are placing faith in the humans not to screw the entire mission up, haha (although could they see the future where it all worked out? Hrmmm...). I think you say it great--it's a shared faith, and thinking about that adds a nice layer to the story.
I think that's a good question. My answer would be faith in the hetapods, but not in the sense that Louise had a specific reason to be faithful in them. She didn't know where the path the hetapods were leading her on, but she traversed the road nonetheless. I think that's true for a lot of faith, in that you don't know--not really--what's on the other side. Right? Holy texts can give you an idea, I suppose, but not much more than that. So Louise's faith that the hetapods's purpose was to deliver something vital--and, as the movie progressed, it seemed to me that she was learning that she was gaining something profound from them--is the important part of their relationship, especially in context with how just about everyone else viewed the hetapods (with skepticism and fear). The same goes for Contact--Ellie doesn't know what these aliens have to offer, she just has a sense that it's essential, and that forces her to put her faith in them. You can even make the leap to a Christian belief system, where people can have a sense of the rewards for their faith, but they don't really know.
That all said, again, I see what you're saying, and it is a bit nebulous. So, too, is faith, I'd say.
Thanks for reading and inquiring!