For a group of people who don’t like elitist liberals, you sure are sounding
a lot like them with your Star Wars bashing. Star Wars is space opera, not
science fiction, and is meant to be fun. Reading the criticism on the
Corner takes me back three years to the howls of protest literary circles
prior to the release of the LOTR movies (if the masses like this it must be
bad, and not high literature). Escapism is not always a bad thing-and the
Star Wars movies are meant to be escapist. Reading criticism about the
opening sentence in all six movies not conforming to the science about the
number of galaxies and the actual distance between them just reinforces the
media stereotype that conservatives are stuffy, uptight snobs who take
themselves and life entirely too seriously.
The target audience for Star Wars has always been kids, and not just those
who grew up on the original trilogy. Good heroes, really bad villains,
comic relief, spaceships, blasters, swordfights and lots of explosions-just
the sort of things that most 6-12 year old boys think are cool.
Lighten up folks.