Riffing on Star Wars: #9 – Humanizing the Enemy

Our first introduction to the evil Galactic Empire began in the stars over Tatooine, as a monumental starship, a star destroyer we would later learn, paralyzed and then figuratively devoured a rebel corvette.  Our second introduction was a door blasting to smithereens and white armored stormtroopers pouring through an opening concealed in smoke and blaster…

An Incomplete Comment on The Empire Strikes Back

Over on the wonderful website, Metafilter, I’ve been participating in a series of discussions on the six main Star Wars films.  While I try to carry on here with a more generalized editorial “we,” I figured I would share a comment here that I made over there.  It’s incomplete because talking about Empire could extend to…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Swamp

Swamps are mysterious in nature, often representing dark places that border far more on the alien than the familiar.  In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker must travel to the swamp planet of Dagobah, where his very approach to the surface is clouded in fog and the land seems perpetually stuck in twilight.  On Dagobah,…