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That's Darth Vader moments after he'd delivered a rap to Luke decidedly different from the promise to collude in destroying the Emperor at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. It's conceivable Vader's motives have shifted or he's simply become more passive, weighted down by despair perhaps. But there are other things about The Return of the Jedi that are inarguably flaws.
"Okay, first we'll give them our droids so they can deliver a message and keep my lightsabre safe while I'm captured. Leia, you go in and thaw out Han. I'm not going to help you in this stage because your real objective is to become Jabba's sex slave--I'm sure you don't mind. It has to be this way so that I can come in and somehow improvise killing the Rancor with a femur and a skull. Then, when we're about to be executed, we'll surprise our enemies by killing them all! They'll never see that coming! Ready? Break!"
Then of course there's the detour on Endor so the gang can chase down some speeder bikes and an Imperial Legion can be taken down by an army of teddy bears armed with sticks and stones. All this because the movie can't very well spend time fulfilling the relationship between Han and Leia rendered in the second film--Leia is so robbed in the third film. Not only do we side-step the implications of her captivity with Jabba and her new relationship with Han, we also avoid exploring what it means that a guy she'd made out with turned out to be her brother.
It's hard to say what Lucas' intensions were in making Luke and Leia siblings. One might speculate it was a quick solution to not having time or narrative drive to resolve the relationship the two seemed to have in the first movie so that Leia could move on to Han. But Lucas told John Williams to score the films with discernable themes for characters and concepts after the manner of Wagner's operas, so I sort of wonder if Lucas was inspired by the incestuous relationship in Die Walkure, which features a brother and sister falling in love without knowing they're related. That Siegfried, Oden's chosen hero, is the offspring of the incestuous relationship is also reminiscent of the hero Luke being the son of the evil Vader. That we learn in the prequel trilogy that Vader was conceived by the midichlorians is a bit reminiscent of Oden fathering Siegmund and Sieglinde.
Maybe someone ought to have pointed out to Lucas that Wagner got along just fine without micro organisms, but on the other hand, the Star Wars series is a fantasy story told in a Science Fiction environment. It can't be easy, in the planning stages, to know when there's too much of one or the other to unbalance the thing.
I don't hate Return of the Jedi. It's much more of a kid's movie, but I do pretty much like the resolution between Vader and Luke, I like the Emperor, and I like the space battles. And I love B-wings.
Yesterday had a lot of distractions, but it was a good day. There was a nice, long telephone conversation with Trisa, and I got some fresh flat bread.
Twitter Sonnet #6
Star Wars seemed fresh again for me to-night.
I sat with a grey cat on the back porch.
Was jumped by a pit-bull who didn't bite.
Wonder why a waste ghoul would need a torch.
Scotch is such a smart compliment to lunch.
A black cat got her pink collar removed.
My flat bread is stale and starting to crunch.
The cold air is quietly fog approved.
Human girls are sometimes hot as Twi'leks.
Red rings of death are nicer than blue screens.
Supermen are spotted by their cow licks.
David Lynch coffee's all about the beans.
Almost forgot to finish this sonnet.
To win at the poems you have to want it.