In the 1970s, when Star Wars first exploded on American movie screens, the narrative fit neatly into our national consciousness.
Plucky rebels overcome nasty Imperial overlords, blowing up the horrific “death star” and restore freedom to the galaxy.
A generation later, it’s not so simple.
These days, our imaginations are shaped as much by fears of terrorism, concerns about our own “predator” drone program, and worries about government overreach and incompetence.
So a couple of videos floating around on-line ask the troubling question:
Was the Skywalker family’s deadly attack on a government-owned military vessel the act of jihad-style “Jedi” terrorists?
Or did it reflect a government bureaucracy blinded by red tape.
We begin with Family Guy’s take on the matter, which can be summed up in the phrase, “Better get an estimate.”
And then there’s a new video that’s going viral, suggesting that the attack was an “inside job” perpetrated by a bin Ladin-like clan known as the “Skywalkers.”
All of which raises another thorny revisionist question: Was Gollum pushed?