R2-D2 excels in areas where humans are deficient: deep computation, endurance in extreme conditions, and selfless consciousness. R2-D2 is a computer that compensates for human deficiencies – it shines where humans fail. C-3PO is the personification of the selfish human – cloying, rules-bound, and despotic. (Don’t forget, C-3PO let Ewoks worship him!) C-3PO is a factotum for human vanity – it engenders the worst human characteristics.
I think the commentary on Threepio is a tad harsh… a mixture of both may be the way to go.
The “Star Wars” Expanded Universe, or EU, is a vast collection of books, comics, and video games, that feature many of the saga’s original characters, in, for want of a better term, side-line stories, that relate in varying degrees to events of the six “Star Wars” films released to date.
Not all of these stories however were entirely peripheral, given George Lucas stated long ago he would not ever film the final three segments of the saga, episodes seven to nine, the EU had come along and picked up the slack as it were, and carried on the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, and company.
In April however it was announced that the EU was effectively going by the wayside, and that for the most part the characters and developments it had given rise to, would not be part of the forthcoming Disney produced series of films.
This may not be as distressing as it seems, as it will allow for the creation of new story arcs, and add a little intrigue to the upcoming films.
US scientist Andy Howell discusses the science of the “Star Wars” films… which he actually describes as “space fantasy”. Could it be that more people might focus on the fiction, rather than the science, of sci-fi stories if they were referred to as fantasy more often?
A People’s History of Tattooine by Jacob Harris, Tim Carmody, and others. Having, by chance, re-watched the original “Star Wars” trilogy last week, it is apparent our perceptions of the planet, and the Mos Eisley space port, are very much shaped by Obi-Wan Kenobi’s quite disparaging, really, point of view.
What if Mos Eisley wasn’t really that wretched and it was just Obi Wan being racist again?
It’s hardly an excuse, but I guess the old Jedi master hadn’t ever envisaged that he would end up seeing out out his days on the desert planet.
This trailer for “Star Wars”, dating from 1976, the year before the first film in the sci-fi saga was released, seems a galaxy removed from trailers we’re familiar with today, as do the trailer/teasers for “The Empire Strikes Back”, and “The Return of the Jedi”, all of which I spotted at Kottke.