Monthly Archives: January 2018
Luke Skywalker: Ben! Why didn’t you tell me? You told me that Darth Vader betrayed and murdered my father.
Obi-Wan: Your father… was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force. He ceased to be the Jedi Anakin Skywalker and “became” the Sith Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So, what I told you was true… from a certain point of view.
Luke Skywalker: A certain point of view?
Obi-Wan: Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. Anakin was a good friend. When I first met him, your father was already a great pilot. But I was amazed how strongly the Force was with him. I took it upon myself to train him as a Jedi. I thought that I could instruct him just as well as Yoda. I was wrong.
Luke Skywalker: There is still good in him.
Obi-Wan: He’s more machine now than man. Twisted and evil.
Luke Skywalker: I can’t do it, Ben.
Obi-Wan: You cannot escape your destiny. You must face Darth Vader again.
Luke Skywalker: I can’t kill my own father.
Obi-Wan: Then the Emperor has already won. You were our only hope.
Luke Skywalker: Yoda spoke of another.
Obi-Wan: The other he spoke of is your twin sister.
Luke Skywalker: But I have no sister.
Obi-Wan: Hmm. To protect you both from the Emperor, you were hidden from your father when you were born. The Emperor knew, as I did, if Anakin were to have any offspring, they would be a threat to him. That is the reason why your sister remains safely anonymous.
Luke Skywalker: Leia! Leia is my sister.
Obi-Wan: Your insight serves you well. Bury your feelings deep down, Luke. They do you credit, but they could be made to serve the Emperor.
And isn’t that what this is really all about, anyway? What if Luke turned to the Dark Side, becoming a tool of the Emperor? Or joined Vader and ruled the galaxy as father and son? Obi-Wan simply lies the entirety of the story away in order to guarantee such never occurs and Luke remains good.
And is it poor writing on Lucas’ side because Luke doesn’t get angrier? What about the way in which the whole story takes less than three minutes to tell and everyone is all buddy-buddy at the end?
Further, how did Lucas manage to completely mangle the visual re-telling of this important and crucial story (Episodes I-III) from a “certain point of view” (while also managing to drag out what should have been one of the most epic lightsaber battles ever filmed)? That was supposed to be the reason the prequels were made, and while I have grown to enjoy them over time, I still remember the frustration of watching each of them as they were released and thinking, with each successive one, “Man, that could have been so much better.”
So, instead, we’re left with the messiness of the Obi-Wan business, never to have the proper story told to us–to ME–the way it should have been.
Don’t get me wrong: I love Star Wars and always will, but that doesn’t mean I have to accept lousy storytelling or incongruent storylines.
Anywho, next up is TESB, the movie which introduced me to cliffhanger endings and my all-time favorite musical piece “The Imperial March” (Darth Vader’s Theme) by John Williams.
May the Force be with you!
Real quick, if you couldn’t tell, this post has absolutely nothing to do with gaming. It will be a political rant, however. You’ve been warned.
So, a couple of things have got me concerned about our current political situation, and I’m not just talking about Kim and Trump’s button sizes or what’ll really happen when their pissing contest escalates. Nope, I’m talking about states’ rights and treasonous activities.
AG Sessions released his memo today which backs away from the hands-off approach towards recreational marijuana that the former administration undertook. Basically, Sessions is telling US attorneys in the states were pot is legal to fully prosecute marijuana-related crimes. In the process, this new directive is telling states, “Hey, the Federal government doesn’t care that your citizenry legally voted something into law.”
It’s the evil marijuana, this time, but what’s next?
(CBS News reports that at one point in the last few years”[Sessions suggested] that it fell to Congress to change the classification of marijuana as an illegal drug if it didn’t want DOJ to enforce the law against it.” Very valid point, I’ll give him that, and one I actually support. Likelihood of happening? Unknown, really.)
Sure. I get that marijuana is still considered illegal overall by the Feds, but where does this new decision leave the places where marijuana has been voted into legalization at the local level? How will those states respond? If you read the linked article, you’ll see that reaction has been swift and negative, condemning Sessions’ missive as judicial overreach. I actually hope the states push back or, at the very least, the voters in those places send a message to Washington.
I also hope all of the Republicans who’ve been shouting about states’ rights and Federal overreach join the fray against this action. This is a prime example of what they’ve been arguing against for the last eight years every time the Feds enforced some new rule or policy regarding the environment or healthcare. They certainly made valid points in their arguments against Federal mandates.
Likewise, now, more than ever, the Democrats need to reach across the aisle to those very Republicans (if they are, indeed, in an uproar over the infringement) and join with them against this egregious Federal dictum. Would the current political climate even allow such joining of forces?
(Are the states’ rights folks really willing to go to bat for the cause if it’s about pot and its legality? The million dollar question, huh? I would. Marijuana helped me get through cancer. I was able to walk right into a store and buy it without fear of arrest. Yes, the drug has an intoxicating effect, but chiefly it allowed me to continue living while chemical poison was being pumped into my body to kill the life-threatening malignancy. I didn’t want to hurt anyone, nor did I become a drug-addled fiend.)
(Edit: New York has just asked Congress to act in passing a law which keeps the Federal overreach regarding AG Sessions’ memo from affecting states where laws have already been enacted at the state level. Of note, Democrats are behind this new legislative push, while the states’ rights advocates from the Republican side are silent…)
Now, let’s talk treason. Just a few lines, I promise. It’s about Bannon.
If you’re gonna go on record and say something which happened was treasonous, and that the FBI should have been notified, then why weren’t you the one doing the notifying? You had close, personal contact with this administration on a daily basis. If something went down that needed stopping by our premiere law enforcement agency, why wait to reveal such information in a book?
What’s to gain by waiting when we have everything to lose?