Disney’s first Star Wars movie is a meticulously faithful blast of nostalgia, seemingly free of any hidden agenda, a fantastic film – but will it awaken anyone?
NOTE: VERY FEW SPOILERS
This is certainly not the analysis I anticipated writing. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a surprisingly good film, a nostalgic blast of wonder and excitement from our collective childhood, relatively free from the baggage of elite occult propaganda and the predictive programming that we’ve come to expect from Hollywood these days, particularly the Disney conglomerate. The character posters promoting the release of “The Force Awakens” certainly suggested otherwise. (I have already written about the Avengers franchise).
However, Disney has many more Star Wars films in store for us, and the cynic in me feels this film may simply be the golden carrot to lure audiences into a darker Star Wars universe. Time will tell, but in this age of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, it’s probably safe to say we will learn very little about the positive spiritual side of The Force in future films, other than handling a light saber or throwing objects around with Jedi mind-tricks.
Yet we may ultimately learn a great deal more about the Dark Side of The Force. There are already early indications of a much darker narrative forming. From Finn, we learn of the mind-control conditioning of non-clone Stormtroopers at a very early age.
Also, Kylo Ren’s pivotal initiation into the Dark Side is considerably more unnerving and ultimately more realistic than Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader. The single unique aspect of this film is Kylo Ren’s narrative, and his complex characterization has the ring of a real life psychopath, the ones hiding in the shadows, in the back rooms of power, for whom sentimentality, conscience, and human emotion are seen as a fundamental weakness to overcome.
The First Order, which has arisen from the ashes of the Galactic Empire of the original trilogy, is perhaps even more Nazi-esque in both style and behavior. They talk of the Empire representing Order and the Rebellion/Resistance representing Chaos. And of course, the name, the First Order, is eerily close to the concept of a New World Order, However, that’s about the extent of it.
A Worthy Successor, Faithful to a Fault
This film does everything right, but takes very few risks doing so. To be brutally honest, there is absolutely nothing original in this story. In nearly every scene, we see a deliberate reflection of a scene from the original trilogy, from the cantina bar and the Death Star, to the final climatic battle sequence. Even the planets are identical. We have another desert planet instead of Tatooine. We have another ice planet instead of Hoth. We have another ancient rebel forest outpost instead of Yavin. We have a new Yoda character. We have a new R2-D2 droid. From Tie-fighters, X-Wings, and the Millenium Falcon, all the space ships are identical to the original trilogy. In fact, in the 30 years that have passed in the Star Wars universe, as well as our own, very little technology seems to have changed or been updated. Yet this familiarity feels proportionate to audience satisfaction.
The entire plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens almost feels as if it has been crafted from shuffled index cards representing various scenes from the original trilogy. And yet it works! JJ Abrams has somehow managed to make this homage to the original trilogy feel completely fresh and original. Or perhaps the true success of this film is more a factor of fan expectation and delayed gratification after a 30 year absence of beloved stories and characters. Does catering to fan psychology out weigh innovative storytelling?
This film easily erases all memory of Lucas’ awkward and unpopular prequels. The Force Awakens is a joy to watch, instantly transporting the viewer faithfully back to their original experience of seeing Star Wars for the very first time. And it feels as if this theatrical nostalgic experience has been masterfully constructed by meticulous design. I can almost imagine the editorial directive coming from the executives at Disney: “Don’t f**k with the formula!” They needed to relaunch the Star Wars franchise in a big, big way, and they have certainly succeeded. This carrot is made of 14 karat gold. It will make Disney a huge pile of money. They are now free to take the franchise any where they wish, in any direction they like, and the fans will fall into long lines behind them. So the question we should perhaps ask ourselves are these: Was this the plan? Is this a master stroke? Are fans to be lead blindly to the Dark Side by warm feelings of childhood nostalgia. Least we forget, this is Disney after all – they specialize in both of forms of art.
Sleeping readers will not understand the full scope of this reference. Awakened readers should probably ask if Star Wars: The Force Awakens will ultimately wake more people up, or simply keep them comfortably asleep?
I Love Star Wars Too… But
For the record, I have always been a Star Wars fan. In the summer of 1977, my parents took me to see an unusual science fiction film that was suddenly drawing lines around the block. There was nothing else like it back then, thus it was not unheard of for kids to go back to the theater and see it a dozen more times before Labor Day. This was well before the release of VHS or DVD. It was the summer of Star Wars, (it wasn’t called “A New Hope” then) and it was a magical time to be a pre-adolescent boy. Star Wars altered my life.
However, unlike many fans, I took the idea of “the force” quite seriously, thus it became the adolescent springboard for my interest in spirituality, mysticism, gnosticism, and all things esoteric. The origin of this blog owes a huge debt to the original Star Wars film. So yes, I love Star Wars, but I have grown up a little since 1977. The Force has already awoken in me. (I write about how Star Wars inspired my own writing, as well as George Lucas’ use of The Hero’s Journey HERE.)
For those who view these films as pure fun and fictional fantasy, it has yet to stir or awaken in them. As regular readers of this and similar blogs know, for all too many, “the force” is asleep.
So it’s telling when so many fans talk about this film strictly in terms of transporting them back to their childhood. It often seems as if an entire generation is determined to crawl back into the comfortably safe womb of their childhood memories and shut their eyes to the very real First Order that is trying to emerge in the world around us, to daydream about heroes, yet never aspire to awaken the hero or Jedi Knight within. Thus the real Force sleeps.
Walt Disney Owns “The Force”
We all know the saga of George Lucas handing over the reins of Star Wars to Disney. Disney bought the franchise for a cool $4 billion and, in doing so, also bought the right to do whatever it wants with it. The drama didn’t end there though, with Lucas very publicly decrying his buyer for not accepting his ideas for the new Star Wars trilogy. (source)
The idea of Disney absorbing Star Wars feels entirely too much like the evil galactic empire absorbing the rebel alliance. So if you are a Star Wars fan who stumbled upon this page, and you don’t believe that certain Hollywood studios have a hidden agenda to embed esoteric and occult messages or predictive programming into their films you should probably seek out a less controversial blog. Yet it might alarm some fans to know that Disney now owns both Marvel Studio and Lucas Films.
Let’s recap. Walt Disney is one of six corporations that owns and controls ALL of our mainstream media outlets. The six corporations that collectively control the U.S. media today are: Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., CBS Corporation, and NBC Universal (Related Post: Who Owns The Media?)
You can find a list of assets owned by the Walt Disney Company HERE, which now includes: Pixar Animation, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucas Films, Lucas Arts, Skywalker Sound, Marvel Films, Marvel Television, Touchstone Pictures, The Muppets Studio, ABC Television, ABC News, ABC Family Network, A&E Networks, ESPN, a whole slew of local TV and radio stations, distributors, holding companies, venture capital companies, and foreign media outlets. I think its pretty safe to call Disney a monopoly at this point, one of six.
So how far will Disney go to subtly rewrite the history of the Star Wars universe? Only time will tell.
John Boyega just revealed something crucial about Luke Skywalker that we never expected: despite Luke’s heroic actions, he’s already considered a villain by a lot of the galaxy.
“For Finn, he’s been raised from the ashes of the Empire. He’s been taught about Luke Skywalker, he knows about his history. For him it’s like joining the army and then learning about one of the great enemies of your country. In terms of the Force, that is the point where Finn kind of questions what is what. What is the Force, what part does Luke Skywalker play in all of this?” (Source)
As JJ Abrams reveals, it’s this choice that has actually allowed The First Order’s propaganda to become so powerful.
“Doing a story that took place nearly 40 years after Jedi meant that there would be a generation for whom Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia would be as good as myth. They’d be as old and as mythic as the tale of King Arthur. They’d be characters who they might believe existed, or just sounded like a fairy tale.” (Source)
This is a considerable deviation from the original EU plotline, which saw Luke help to found the New Republic and train new Jedi. Questioning who Luke Skywalker really is was actually JJ Abrams’ main motivation for directing The Force Awakens, so we can expect Star Wars 7 to challenge our preconceptions about this character. (Source)
Simply Enjoy It For What It Is
This entire post may ultimately be seen as “much ado about nothing,” as there is no evidence of any agenda, except past trends and future speculation. Disney may ultimately view Star Wars as a sacred cash cow to be pumped for maximum milk. Star Wars fans finally got the film they’ve waited 30 years for.
And it’s a damn good film, almost old-fashioned in style, with its simplified frame composition, a lack of overly-frenetic editing, and few over-the-top CGI-stuffed sequences that ultimately look cartoonish. It’s a film reminiscent of a simpler, less ambiguous time, before irony and cynicism eliminated our idealism at the movies. Who wouldn’t welcome a return of that feeling?
Star Wars is ultimately what we make of it, what we take from it… be it idealism, comradere, spirituality, or hope. Star Wars has the power to awaken the best within us, however it is ultimately our decision to transform, to choose either the light side or the dark.
According the the Ra Material, “The Law of One,” our purpose here on this planet, in this 3rd density of consciousness, is to increase our own spiritual polarity, to choose between the Service-to-Others path and the Service-to-Self path. This is analogous to the two paths of The Force.
Both The Light and The Dark Are Awakening
Two characters awaken to The Force within the film, one to the light, and one to the dark. The film’s first trailer says as much about what is happening in our own world. Light workers and light warriors are waking up around the globe. The dark side is waking up as well, attempting to seize power. This world has become a cauldron of boiling water, a crucible in which sleeping humanity has begun to wake the awareness of the divine self and divide with increasing polarity – the Light and the Dark.
This increase in polarity raises the consciousness for the entire planet, until there is a great shift. As more people recognize this polarity, many more people have the opportunity to awaken. As a planet, we can awaken to the dark, to fear and despair, or we can awaken to the light, to compassion and love. This is the shift that awaits us. We hold the key to our own perception and our own shift in consciousness. We guide this Force within us.
White House Holds Press Conference With Star Wars Stormtroopers
The parallels cannot be overlooked when it comes to the Sith-led Galactic Empire in Star Wars and the modern day U.S. empire — which is now stretched across at least 100 countries with around 1,000 military installations.
According to the Star Wars website:
“Stormtroopers are elite shock troops fanatically loyal to the Empire and impossible to sway from the Imperial cause. They wear imposing white armor, which offers a wide range of survival equipment and temperature controls to allow the soldiers to survive in almost any environment. Stormtroopers wield blaster rifles and pistols with great skill, and attack in hordes to overwhelm their enemies. Along with standard Stormtroopers, the Empire has organized several specialized units, including snowtroopers and scout troopers.”
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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