May the fourth be with you! Things have changed since the originally-released, history-making, Star Wars Trilogy. A prequel trilogy came out, and in 2012 the brainchild of George Lucas was adopted by Disney. Disney is known for magic, fantasy, and imagination. Stacy and Malayna will talk about the impact both have had on pop culture, and how we can use what they’ve taught us so far as tools to improve our lives, as we look forward to when The Force Awakens!
We must admit, there was a disturbance in The Force as we attempted to present our podcast on May 4th. Here’s your guide to navigate around the technical difficulties!
We started off with some poor pronunciations of Organisms named after Star Wars characters, which you can find detailed at the link included here.
We discussed a timeline of Star Wars films releases and our memories. I mentioned that I remembered seeing the original one at The Egyptian (but it may have been Return of the Jedi, actually….). Stacy thought that I might have been referring to The El Capitan, across from the Chinese Theater, but nope! Links included to show that we eventually checked our facts!
Aside from a dog barking about 5 minutes in, all was well until we mentioned the documentary The People vs. George Lucas.
The Force responded by kicking us off the air for 2 full minutes.
So skip to 18:00 minutes into the show, when we pointed out the metaphor — the idea that people being upset with the creator of the Star Wars universe is like us shaking our fists at our Creator (God, or whatever name you choose) for something we don’t like about our world. George Lucas created this whole universe that we all love, and then we got mad at him for what did with his creation.
Around 24 minutes into the show, another glitch of about 15 or 20 seconds hit us, but we course-corrected and continued to talk about the Han Shot First issue! (Shooting who? Greedo! I was right! I second guessed myself into thinking I meant Boba Fett. But I didn’t. I totally meant Greedo.)
The rest went without a hitch:
Between the 26 and 27-minute mark, we got into the next installment, The Force Awakens, with JJ Abrams directing. (Click to see a trailer!)
Stacy, as a one time, Star Wars Fan Club member, examines why it had such an impact on her young self: 1) the excitement of living in the unknown of space * Leia as a strong female role model * Technology as our friends – (Wall-E, Big Hero 6 – Androids are our phone friends) * It’s a story about family and reconnection * Embrace others – like Wookies, Ewoks, etc.
Malayna pointed out the Joseph Campbell / Hero with a Thousand Faces connection – mythical language of all human stories, from King Arthur to Beowulf… The Hero’s Journey inspired us all using the same tools. And the book The Writer’s Journey – written by a story consultant at Disney- impresses the importance of these archetypal characters, on a journey we’re all on. Any of our holy books, can be a description of our spirit’s journey through the human experience. These stories are that too – all stories are.
People vs George Lucas 2 – due out later in 2015 – the Disneyfication of Star Wars franchise. JJ Abrams did a great job with the Star Trek universe.
We looked at the messages of Disney movies, and what we can learn from them if we look.
We talked about the TV show Heroes, which was on NBC and created by Tim Kring. (Not Disney, not ABC.)
And finally we summed it up that all these stories about princes or princesses are about us – we are all heirs to the kingdom! As such, we have a responsibility to self, community, and environment – to being our best selves, take on that royal role.
Resonate with stories that call us to be better – step into those roles, and use them as tools to inspire!