Sunday, May 15, 2005

Looking at Star Wars from a SadTech Perspective

With Episode 3 about to come out, I decided to re-watch the existing library of Star Wars films to get myself "Mentally Prepared." I was absolutely amazed at the number of anachronisms in the original Star Wars movie, and wrote them up in Watching Star Wars 28 years later.

I am not talking about the obvious things like "space ships make no noise in a vacuum." People have been talking about stuff like that for decades. What I am talking about are things that would be absolutely impossible in a society this advanced -- things that will be impossible even in our own society in just 20 or 30 years. Things like human soldiers wearing cotton cargo pants with matching shirts into battle, or the fact that the princess has to insert physical media into R2-D2:

Click here to read the article.



At 11:29 AM, Anonymous David Brandon said...

Okay, some of these complaints are kind of unreasonable, I think. I mean, how is George Lucas -- in 1977 -- supposed to know about wireless networking and P2P? Come on.

The stuff about tactics did make me laugh, though. You're right: even 1970's police would have rolled some tear gas into the corridor. Especially if they were wearing full body armor with, apparently, gas masks built in.

(Side note: when the bad guys in a movie have covered faces you know the filmmakers are trying to save money. With faces covered you can re-use the same extras over and over.)

What I think you're really pointing out is something that sci-fi fans have always known: Star Wars isn't science fiction. It's a swords and sorcery fantasy set in space. This article in the New York Times is about how science fiction authors are glad the Star Wars saga is going to be over ($2.95 to read, unfortunately).

At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Steven Romej said...

We just watched this again last night (first time for my wife!) and it was funny to find your writeup. I noticed a lot of the same things last night; it's different when you're not a kid.

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First I recomend to my blog readers that hey read your star wars article. Then I add more ideas and extend it to Star Trek and BSG.

BSG (Battlestar Gallactica) is a wonderful series for exploring the relationships between fragile humanity and posthuman AI's. One could even imagine cylons who were once human but poured themselves into Cylon Shells.

Marshal, I definately recomend you catch up on BSG, the most kick ass show on TV!

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