Star Wars according to a 3 year old

Star Wars according to a 3 year old.

I recently watched the original Star Wars (1977, enhanced edition) for the umpteenth time and was struck by two things–first how groundbreaking it was and, second, how some of the inside sets/scenes seemed to be influenced by Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and to some degree Roddenberry’s Star Trek.

Likewise, it seems that the hanger scenes in Battlestar Galactica-Reimagined (BSG fans are gearing up for the fourth and final season starting in April) borrow from the rebel hanger scenes in Star Wars.

This all reminds me of those culturally backward folks who sniff and snort at the suggestion that sci-fi is myth that builds on myth not unlike any other myth. Why is it so hard for some people to get this? Minds locked in the past…?



  1. Despite Battlestar Galactica that I don’t know, all stories that you describe are “outwards”: hero must conquer somebody else in order to win. “Space Odyssey” is mentioned only from iconographic point of view what does not make difference in your message. I’d advice you to see “Solaris” whether Tarkovskij’s whether Sondenbergh’s for a great journey into self and winning through conquering internal enemy.


  2. Thanks… I just ordered both versions of Solaris from the library! It sounds familiar. Maybe I saw it on TV many years ago (?)

    Anyhow, good point about the hero. But since we’re dealing with symbolism one could say that the inside/outside distinction is somewhat arbitrary… I guess it depends on the viewer.

    As for Galactica, it’s about “Cylons” (robots who look like people). It peaked here for a while, then slumped. I’m hoping the final season will be good as I really enjoyed it when it was hot.

    Good to see you over here!


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