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Mindless Philosopher

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  1. On 10/9/2019 at 7:38 AM, Donovan Morningfire said:

    Star Wars was written first and foremost as a fairy tale set in space, and such follows the same general pattern of fairy tales, in that things don't necessarily have to make sense or have rational/logical explanations.  But since Star Wars is set in space, there are folks that presume that the setting must by default be far more advanced than our own.  Granted, that might be true for settings that lean much harder on the science part of science fiction (classic example being Star Trek), but Star Wars at its best has never leaned heard on the science and instead is comfortable being a space opera full of adventure and heroics, with anything science-based or futuristic just being there to provide backdrop.

    Exactly.  I did my graduate work on premodern folkloric texts, and they work this way across cultures.  The things we would demand of prestige television and contemporary literary fiction (and apparently science fiction, which I don't read) are not emphasized in the sort of texts that ultimately form the basis of things like Star Wars.  You're bringing the wrong expectations to the table.  If you want nuanced character development and background rooted in sound science, you will not find it here (or in classical Japanese urban legends for that matter), and you should not expect to.


  2. On 8/26/2019 at 11:36 PM, wilsch said:

    Having spent the last four years gliding through the briny tears of deeply invested superfans, I suggest picking the simplest explanation (for whatever reason, this does not represent Rey) and coming out of the theater pleasantly surprised if I'm wrong.

    I bottle them.  I know there's a market but I can't stop drinking them all myself.  Almost no calories, great taste!


  3. My research is mostly focused on classical Japan, but I can tell you right off the bat that American historical memory of WWII has mostly focused on Japan as the perpetrators of Pearl Harbor.  Japan's wartime atrocities in China and Korea are emphasized much less, though there is a robust amount of historical scholarship addressing these issues.

    Certainly the expectation of self-sacrifice in the performance of war, even to the point of suicide, might have some parallel in how the Empire just throws troops at everything, but I really am not sure.


  4. I will say that I thought the Consular's Signature Ability was very underwhelming when I saw it.  I get how it works with the flavor of being a helper/teacher, but...I gotta say I want to be selfish and do something cool myself.

    I've also bitten the bullet and am finally writing out specs and stats, as well as getting into my background.  It's fun; we'll see where it goes!

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