“There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it?
The Dark Side…and the Light.”
Reflections on the Importance of ‘Star Wars’
By David Nova | Deus Nexus
The new Star Wars trailer is out, and there’s a subtle hint of excitement in the air again, not felt since before the epic disappointment of George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels (episodes I through III). Yes, this excitement is an awakening of sorts, ironically the title of the J.J. Abrams first sequel is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” There have already been jokes and complaints about the title: ‘Has the Force been asleep all this time?’ ‘Was it just audiences sleeping though Lucas’ prequels, pretending that Jar Jar Binks was just a bad dream?’
Growing old is nothing to brag about, but I hold a little pride in the fact that I was old enough to remember seeing the original Star Wars in the theaters back in 1977. There has never been, nor is there likely to be another theatrical experience to match that magical awakening (perhaps only The Matrix). For a kid in the 70s, Star Wars was absolutely mind-blowing, a revelation, almost a religious experience, and we all went back to the theater to see it again and again, all summer long. Decades later, summer blockbusters have now become an expected distraction, taken for granted. Unfortunately, for new generations watching the original Star Wars films on DVD or Blu Ray, it’s not quite the same experience. They will missed out on the pure magic of those innocent days. They have only recycled cinematic magic to look forward to.
Star Wars was my first awakening. Star Wars was my first introduction to gnostic spirituality, and it inspired a generation of kids to learn “the ways of the Force.” Even churches jumped aboard, using Star Wars to teach spiritual messages.
Later, when I went to college, I read the Dune novels by Frank Herbert. That was my second awakening. It was the exact same heroic epic of good vs. evil set in the desert among the stars. Star Wars began to feel like Dune with training wheels. But of course, I was growing older and Star Wars was growing younger … giving us Muppets and Ewoks. Yet I still loved these films. They were a tremendously important part of my childhood and adolescence. Luke’s relationship with his father/Darth Vader was basically my relationship with my own father, who served in Vietnam. Like Luke in “Return of the Jedi” (1983), my father and I have since reconciled our differences. All of this is a big autobiographical part of my first novel.
George Lucas’ more recent prequels have largely been panned, dismissed, and forgotten in the wake of the new round of films about to hit theaters. Yet most people have overlooked an important message hidden in these three films – how a republic succumbs to tyranny – the unthinkable transformation of a society that happened to America right after 9/11.
Despite the distraction of Jar Jar, the first film, “The Phantom Menace” (1999), was all about a galactic 9/11. The next film, “Attack of the Clones” (2002), was all about the build up of Homeland Security. And the third film, “Revenge of the Sith” (2005), was about this hidden darkness taking over the Republic – almost a decade before “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” George Lucas was solely responsible for these films, so we can only guess at his motivation in making them.
Now, J.J. Abrams and Disney have their hands (or hooks) on the Star Wars saga. Personally, I don’t have high expectations for these films, but I’m sure they will be visually exciting nevertheless. Mr. Abrams lost me with “Lost,” – his rambling supernatural narrative that went nowhere. Then he proceeded to kill the Star Trek franchise for me with a soulless clone of a film that looked absolutely perfect yet had none of the character, morality, optimism, or spirit of the original series or spinoffs shows. His films are largely empty vessels of pure visual adrenaline with plot holes large enough to fly the starship Enterprise through. Let’s hope the holes are smaller for the Millenium Falcon.
However, watching the trailer, there is a faint glimmer of hope in my adolescent heart. And yet, I have no doubt that this film will carry an agenda and a message from the Dark Side of Disney. In the trailer, there is already an open acknowledgment of truth, that both the Dark and the Light sides are awakening on this planet – the Force is indeed awakening. Yet the battle ground is still the sea of eternal sleepers who will watch this film without any clue. Will the new Star Wars film serve to awaken them or rock them back to asleep?
About the Author
David Nova is the author of the metaphysical fiction series “Season of the Serpent.” He is a truth-seeker, a Wanderer, a blogger, and the moderator of Deus Nexus: Messages For An Entangled Universe. For additional information about the author or his novels, visit his website, or his Facebook page.
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