Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers.
The Force has awakened, and boy, did its beauty sleep produce good results. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” convincingly washes out the stink of the prequel trilogy and gives the franchise the kind of life it probably hasn’t seen since 1983. Now that “Star Wars” is more than the literary equivalent of the steaming wreckage of a once majestic Star Destroyer, at last we can settle in for an avalanche of thoroughly justified thinkpieces on the politics of that galaxy far, far away.
While plenty of commentators have argued (correctly, in my opinion) that the original trilogy really portrays the tragic fall of a great and meritocratic, if imperfect, empire brought low by ISIS-esque rebels, at first blush “The Force Awakens” makes this sort of contrarian spin look very difficult. Where the Empire in the original Star Wars only blew up one planet and never really committed much aggression beyond attacking its declared foes, “The Force Awakens” features what looks like a planet and several moons being blasted to smithereens by a sun-eating monstrosity called the “Starkiller Base,” seemingly without provocation.
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