The Force Awakens & the Contemporary Zeitgeist

7 Feb

Drawing by Robert E. Gilbert

Just got around to seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Everyone who’d been saying  the movie pretty much duplicates the plot of the original Star Wars was  on the money. A few differences did emerge and seemed to mirror  changes in popular consciousness during the thirty-eight years separating the two films. First, the young person learning to wield The Force (and a light saber) this time around is a woman. Plus, she becomes involved in an understated interracial romance, which would’ve  raised eyebrows in some corners back in 1977. Oh yeah, and the new improved (bigger, badder) Death Star is solar-powered.

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