Star Wars | See Episodes I-III with clearer eyes


Now that Star Wars is back, maybe it’s possible to see Episodes I-III with clearer eyes. The allegory was undercooked, but there’s a way of reading Episode III in particular as George Lucas’s response to the Bush era, overflowing with incoherent yet tantalizing ideas about how fascism arises from democracy. Rogue One looks, from the outside, like the anti-Phantom Menace: fewer Jedi, less politics, more guns, more actual wars than stars. 

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