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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Lucas Line

It occurred to me last night, watching Star Wars Episode II on cable, that perhaps the most salient generational distinction between my son and myself is that he is likely to first take in the Star Wars saga in a chronologically linear way, as opposed to seeing the last three first, then jumping back to the prequels. I wonder if there are any post-doctoral studies about the long-term psychological effects of the one viewing method versus the other. (And one can only imagine the referential schism caused by splicing in the ghostly image of the young Anakin at the end of Return of the Jedi in place of the doughy-headed reformed Vader.)

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