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So the the short version of the story is this: I love Rogue One. I really, really love it. I dislike trying to rank the Star Wars films, because they have different voices and purposes, but if I had to do so, this one would rank very high indeed.

I'm really looking forward to tackling this in my "The Force of Star Wars: Examining the Epic" course next semester. I'm expecting some great discussions with my undergrads!

I highly recommend reading the novel Catalyst by James Luceno, which is essentially the prequel to the film and directly relevant to its plot, and also the Rogue One novelization by Alexander Freed. I've quoted some of my favorite passages from the novelization that shed new light on the story here.

I also recommend the Visual Guide. My favorite revelation from the book is (mild spoilers!) that the red sash worn by both Lyra Erso and Chirrut Îmwe is known as the Red Sash of the Enlightened, marking them both as related to the Jedha sects of the Church of the Force -- not Jedi, but believers and protectors of Force knowledge in the galaxy. That fits neatly with what we already know of both characters, but I like the visual symbolism.

Last, Rebel Force Radio's brand new episode of the Star Wars Oxygen series, which explores the scores of Star Wars with music professional David W. Collins, begins an eye-opening (ear-opening?) analysis of the Rogue One score. Terrific stuff.



Jan. 4th, 2017 12:38 pm (UTC)
what has proved true for me: when you are actually raising the little errrr.....Daleks.....you are having these honest convos and you are thinking how great it is going, (or sometimes not, as is the case when they become teenagers, usually: you remember!).....and then, proof-in-pudding-wise, you find out that you might have been wrong. There are so many factors that go into a human being. You, for example, enjoy the strange, the macabre.....the visceral, even. For want of me really *knowing* you, I would apply that Sally Sparrow quote that says that sadness is 'happy for deep people'. You have turned the dark into a sort of light, taken what is valuable and 'deep' from it. But, having seen my own children grow up, having seen the reap-age of (at least part of ) my sowing, seeing how in love with violence the present world is, I worry that young minds, no matter how honest a convo is there, will not go down the path of thinking before doing.

Every child is different, every *raising* different. And you can't, to a great degree, control the thousands of variables. So, i wonder, and am afraid at the accepted portrayal of violence in our lives...at the actual violence in our lives. Yes, these things are all chances for a parent to sit down with a child and talk about what they've seen, what it means, what it *should* mean. But how many parents do that? I'd be willing to say.....not very many. The hindsight of grandparents (who can see their own misfires) is 20/20. Not so much when you are *in* the process.

Ai, well, life will continue; children will grow into adults and the world will change. And then it will change again. And again. We will learn. We will fail, we will succeed. We will be stoopid and we will be wise.

(and we will lie and be lied to. Yes, even about things as important as our paternity!) (there is one of these massive lies in my own family, and it was an earth-shaker when I found out)

(it would be interesting to know if your parents remember those conversations and, if so, what their take is on them. (if your parents have departed, I apologize)).

Re Debbie and Carrie: I saw Todd on tv last week and he seemed very, very composed. Maybe he actually *was* composed; perhaps that is his nature. But, remembering the calm that I had when my father died, it could be that he is in that bubble-wrap of shock that keeps us a bit safe until we can take in the concept of such a tragedy. Nevertheless, it is impossible to imagine what the family is going through. My heart goes out to them.

Thank *you* for your companionship and friendship in this journey of life. Are you not a jewel among hobbits (even those of the eldritch kind)? Yes, you *are*!!!! Thank you for all your kind words. (not to mention this wonderful and intelligent forum!)

(sorry for the novel!)