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Old November 26 2012, 08:01 PM   #25
Temis the Vorta
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Re: Age old discussion, Star Trek vs. Star Wars

This is the appropriate place to once again bring up David Brin's "Star Wars is fascist" argument.

The funny thing is, I agree with his analysis but don't think it's a condemnation of Star Wars - but rather evidence that people like fascism enough to spend money on it. And what's the harm, they're buying toys and movie tickets, not voting for political candidates. Let them indulge in a little power-fantasy fascism, it's just for fun. (And then make them watch an equal amount of Star Trek as the antidote.)

If Lucas had embraced the inherent fascism of his creation rather than running away from it, the prequels wold have been much better. He should have recognized that Darth Vader was the most popular of the OT characters back when the movies were first released (something I'm old enough to remember first hand) because of the fascistic appeal of unchecked power.

Anakin should have been cool like Vader was cool. He could still be chucked in he volcano at the end as his comeuppance, so that the overall message is, "fascism is bad, mkay?" but it would have been fun to watch him up till that point.

Sabotaging him by making him a whiney weakling was the worst thing Lucas could have done. But if Star Wars is best handled by fascists, Lucas selling out to Disney bodes very well for the franchise's health.
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