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About “Myth in Space”

Dagobah

For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you. Here, between you… me… the tree… the rock… everywhere!

— Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars is more than just a pop-culture phenomenon; for over 30 years, this tale set in a galaxy far, far away has delighted audiences with its whimsy and wonder, its mystery and magic. But beyond the fact that it’s a fun and imaginative story, what is it that makes this space epic so powerful?

In this blog, I will be examining the mythic images and archetypal ideas that ground Star Wars in some deeper truth. In particular, I’ll be covering the so-called “G-canon” and “T-canon” of the Star Wars universe:

  • The “prequel trilogy”
    • Episode I: The Phantom Menace
    • Episode II: Attack of the Clones
    • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • The “original trilogy”
    • Episode IV: A New Hope (a.k.a Star Wars)
    • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
    • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • The two television series
    • The Clone Wars (including the animated Clone Wars theatrical feature)
    • the as-yet-unnamed forthcoming live-action television series

The “parallel universe” of ancillary books, comics, etcetera will generally not be considered, if only to limit the amount of research needed.

But as we turn to each episode to uncover the psychological roots of this grand old oak, we may yet be surprised by the insights we find. From the cloners of Kamino to the Ewoks of Endor, George Lucas’ classic sci-fi saga has much to say about the human psyche and its relationship to the world (and beyond). Like great poetry, it speaks to us in ways no literal, everyday story can.

So prepare to make the jump to lightspeed, and may the Force be with you.

Dion Detterer
Blue Mountains
June 3, 2009

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