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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

May 20, 2005

I'm sorry kiddies

But Star Wars is to Science Fiction what Rentaghost was to Horror; or what George and Mildred was to Romantic Comedy.


  • I would never defend it on the principals of it being a good story or well acted. Its the cinematic equivalent of a cheesecake - and I love cheesecake. Come on Rob...you love Buffy - an unashamedly trashy concept, a rabid fanbase, merchandised to death etc etc, and about as scary as Bournemouth and with a nod to your comparative scale, Timothy Claypole was a far more terrifying prospect than Spike could ever have dreamed of being.

    But I'd still watch it cause its cheesecake - a sweet slice of schlocky fun designed to divert your attention span from the darker and less entertaining parts of our drab lives.

    If I want Science Fiction proper I read Dick, Moorcock, Heinlein, Bradbury, Smith, Vonnegut et al. If I want a truly great Sci-Fi movie, I watch Le Jetee or Fahrenheit 451. If I want physics and common sense defying daftness in search of some decent direction with a plot that often has more holes in it than a string vest, I watch Star Wars.

    By Blogger Andrew, at 2:28 am  

  • Wondered what it would take to wake you from your blogging slumber!

    If George Lucas had written Buffy's scripts, guess what I'd be saying about that?

    Clearly I never have those moments when I "want" common sense defying daftness in search of etc.

    I like a bit of hokum, as much as the next guy. It's just that when there are so many good examples of it about (e.g. when the original Star wars was released, wasn't it the summer of Close Encounters?), I don't understand why anyone would waste their time with the Lucas franchise. I mean, Alias is a bit of fun and nonsense, but it's just so superbly done that I sit back in admiration. It's the sheer clunkiness of Star Wars that gets to me - like, as I said, the worst examples of bad kids' TV or an awful ITV sitcom.

    By Blogger bot37363838, at 2:35 am  

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