Friday, May 27, 2005

Spoilers, Sequels, and Sith IV -- A New Hope

In an earlier post, I stated that fans only had comic books, toys, and an awful Christmas special to tide us over between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. I totally forgot about Splinter of the Mind's Eye. This novel by science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster supplied some of the backstory for the whole Star Wars universe.

On the subject of my complaint about the lack of plot twists in the latest installment, I am reminded of a neat one in the first movie. They let the Millenium Falcon escape from the Death Star. After disabling the tractor beam and fighting off the TIE fighters, it became clear that the Empire wanted Leia and company to lead them to the rebel base. Even with this knowledge, it was a race to see if the rebels could destroy the Death Star before it destroyed them. Nice touch.

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