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Kaleberg

The problem is that for story telling:

T - S = F

where T is technology, S is science and F is fun. Sometimes the fun goes to ridiculous extremes, but usually it is just about writing an enjoyable story. It's like the Doc Smith Skylark books: We'll just step on the gas, and by golly, we're going faster than light. So much for Einstein, but a lot less boring than if it took 40 years to get to the nearest star.

I'm a science, engineering and technology sort, so I'm often the first to wonder about the idiocy and inconsistencies I find in fiction. I wondered about the backstory of that brown-eyed daughter in 'Twice in a Lifetime' and why no one used that industrial incinerator in 'Blood Simple'. On the other hand, I can't expect a science fiction writer to develop an actual faster than life spaceship.

For George Lucas, his obvious model was those cars in 'American Graffiti'. All those hot rodders and rat racers were Han Solo types. It wasn't until the boring fuel efficient cars of the 1970s that someone started doing real science. The problem with Lucas is that he had one good story. It's a DC Comics style story, so it is hard to do an encore. You'll notice DC is constantly rebooting its characters because the only really good story is the origin story.

You do have a point about Obi-wan. In light of the prequels and the obvious failings of the Jedi, it's hard to cast them in an idealistic light or their age as a golden age. Of course, latter part of 'The Once and Future King' has this problem too. It makes you rethink the earlier chapters and not to their credit.

Marc McKenzie

Very interested to read your review. I liked SOLO very much and didn't pay much attention to the criticisms of the film--too many seemed to border on "It sucked because I didn't write it and that's not how the story should have gone!"

...But it's not like they know exactly how Han's early life had been--and what a nice (or not so nice) way to dismiss Lawrence Kasdan's screenplay (co-written with his son John).

I know many just jabber on about the film not doing well, but again, I didn't care for the BO numbers--I enjoyed the film and was blown away by the surprise appearance of a certain character at the end.

Lance Mannion

Marc, I actually enjoyed "Solo" too. I hope that comes across when I post my review because there are a lot of flaws that aren't just "canon" flaws. They're routine storytelling and moviemaking flaws. For instance, why is there so little color? Also like you I was surprised by you know whose appearance. My sons had to explain the backstory to me and show me scenes from "Rebels" to help me wrap my head around it.

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