I think some people by now have figured out I am a Star Wars fan. Of episodes IV to VI that is. I’m ennhh on the newer three. For newer readers, check this out. A couple things I’d like to share that I really enjoyed:
First, here is an excerpt from an essay on the movies by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo I read on the blog, Flowers for the Teacher:
Personally, I was deeply impressed and moved with this series of films by director George Lucas, and I felt that his Greek ancestry was at least evident in his handling of the material. Return of the Jedi is positively Dostoevskian in its moral content, and I am convinced that Lucas is familiar with Orthodox teachings and lives of Saints. The basic plot of the Star Wars series is simple: an evil dictator has conquered a small galaxy and abolished its former pan-galactic democracy. He is proclaimed emperor, and his forces are attempting to destroy the remaining resistance to his rule. While the general battles are fought with standard science fiction weaponry, this is only the superficial part of the story, because the actual battle is being fought in the human conscience and will. Surprisingly, delightfully, the real story is one of the immense struggle between the dark and the good side of that universal nature of which man is a part – the fallen nature of man and the universe. In the movie series, this nature is called “the force.” In many reviews, “the force” has been interpreted as an unsavoury parody of God. After a careful examination of the real plot of the Star Wars series, however, I was led toward the conclusion that “the force” is that universal nature, and that the whole theme of the movie and the energies of the plot line are directed at the struggle within the fallen nature between co-operation with the dark side of that nature or with its “light” side that law of contradiction which Apostle Paul speaks of as warring within us, and upon which Orthodox monasticism is based.
Archbishop Lazar then reviews some specific storylines in the film. He begins to sum up:
In the closing scene of the film, the allies are celebrating their final victory – not entirely aware that the victory was actually won by Luke Skywalker’s defeat of the passions in his own life, and his ultimate choice of co-suffering love over the temptations of power, anger and malice. Luke observes the worldly celebrations from a distance – he is disconnected from all this, dispassionate, already on a higher plane, his moral grandeur and virginity intact, he has become a “Jedi”, a true monk. He has received the Skhema and the real victories in his galaxy will be won by him, and those who may follow him. He is now the Elder. As he turns his back on the festivities, he sees in an aura a vision of his sainted Elder, Yoda, his spiritual father Kenobi who, after his own self-sacrificing death, became Luke’s patron saint, and Luke’s father, Darth Vader – all smiling benevolently. Darth Vader with the two saints? Of course, for such is the power of repentance, such is that love which grants to him who wrought from the eleventh hour together with those who wrought from the first.
Go here to read the whole thing. It was great.
Second, on a lighter note, I just viewed this on Byzantine, Texas. I was cracking up.