First off, there are no words to encompass my outrage over the doings on Stargate Atlantis last night. If, like me, you are pissed as hell, go here, and learn who to e-mail your complaints to, in the hopes of fixing things. Warning: there are spoilers on both links, major ones. So if you have plans in the future to watch Stargate Atlantis and want to be surprised by plot twists, don't click there. (Amy Lane, e-mail me if you've got the time, and we can have a rewarding discussion on how to piss off your readers/viewers in one easy step.) This same group of fans actually got Michael Shanks back on the original Stargate, after he left the show for season six. So there is hope. Get on over there and e-mail the producers to complain.
Anyway. Other geekiness. It's the thirtieth anniversary of Star Wars, heaven help all of us having mid-life crises over it. Last week, History Channel ran a show called "The Legacy of Star Wars" which really should have been called the mythology of Star Wars. (There appears to be an encore showing on Sunday night - check it out, it's pretty good.) It goes into all the mythological refrences between the Star Wars movies and world mythology. But the biggest question I'd always had was, did George Lucas do it on purpose? Did he write a rocking good story that happened to use a lot of mythological themes (most stories do - there are only so many themes in storytelling, after all), or did he deliberately set out to tell the tale of the hero's journey? I have wondered that since I was a teen, almost as soon as I saw the movie, when I saw the parallels between Luke Skywalker and King Arthur. (Significant sword, father/son death spiral, females he can't decide what to do with, etc etc.)
It turns out, he did it on purpose. According to the show, George Lucas was reading Joseph Campbell in college, long before he ever wrote the script for Star Wars (according to the show, he read 'The hero with a thousand faces', though I bet he read more than just that). Anyone who wants to tell stories, whether they be on film, paper, or spoken words, have their lives changed when they first read Joseph Campbell. (It has happened to me; I know.) In fact, there are rumored to be articles written BY Joseph Campbell ABOUT Star Wars, and I would love to track them down and give them a read.
So anyway, my geeky heart is glad. A long-standing question answered, with footage of Harrison Ford in his prime, into the bargain. Yum, yum.