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Star Wars and 2001: Two Movies about Asskicking.

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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 8:09 pm    Post subject: Star Wars and 2001: Two Movies about Asskicking. Reply with quote

I just finished doing a critical watching of "2001".

I'm pretty much convinced that Star Wars is 2001 for Dummies.

For example, when the PanAm ship pulls into the center bay of the wheeled space station...and they have people in these giant bays on all the walls.

How many times did Star Wars do that?

Also check out the command module of the Discovery spaceship. Anything Death Ballish about it? Yessir.

Ok, now thematically you might say that no, these cannot have anything to do with each other.

But what is the central theme of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Artificial and natural selection....evolution.

Ok so one tribe of apemen gets sand kicked in its face.
Then they get The Knowledge from the obelisk.
Then they posse up and kick that other groups ass.

Same in the space station.
The America scientist kicks the Russian scientists asses.
No you can't know what's on our base...we found it first.

What about HAL 9000?
The whole cruise to Jupiter is one bitter asskicking after another.
There was more petty gamesmanship than in an academic lounge.
And there was some bloody battering too.

2001 is a brutal movie.

The theme emerges...that which is superior, naturally asskicks that which is inferior.
It then moves on, to the next challenge round of asskicking.

There is no "working together to solve a problem" in 2001. And it's winner take all.
One ape grabs the bone and takes charge...and eats the meat.

One spaceman gets to go through the gate, his "pod" trailing a propellant like the flagella of a sperm. One man out of billions becomes the Star Child (who then, according to the book at least, promptly explodes all the nuclear weapons to clean house on the leftover inferior men).

Ok, so Star Wars. Same thing. Luke starts off as a punk with some skills. But he's had his ass kicked all his life (just like those apemen). What helps? Self-study? Books? No -- he need a deus ex machina to give him The Knowledge about how to fight in the rest of the galaxy. The Jedi are the Obelisk.

As in 2001 there is constant sparring for supremacy. Han Solo, Luke, Leia, Obi Wan, the droids, Vader. Everyone is looking to assert their superiority...their claim to rule.

Then Luke becomes the his Y-fighter. All the pilots are reduced down until one..only one can penetrate the Death Star -- the Egg.

It goes on and on....
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