An example of visual aesthetic symmetry in the Star Wars original and sequel trilogies

Both the Emperor’s and Snoke’s Throne Room elevator sections look like very cartoonish faces when the doors are open. The sizes of the eyes to mouth ratios are inverted.

Star Wars symmetry

 

 

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An overall context to the Blade Runner films

(This post has spoilers for the Appleseed comic series by Masamune Shirow)

There is a subtle overall context to Blade Runner and it’s sequel, Blade Runner 2049.

Replicants(artificial humans made for commerce/slave trade) are slowly superseding humans to become the new mankind.

Each of the individual stories in the films contains a “step”.

In Blade Runner, they are given implanted memories and believe themselves to be human, or have achieved self identity.

In Blade Runner 2049, they’ve attained the function of reproduction. Also in the film there are indications of a social movement and coming cultural revolution on the part of the Replicants.

This theme is an actual main plot point to part one of Masamune Shirow’s Appleseed comic series. A conspiracy is revealed to be in play. Genetically engineered humans called Bioroids are intentionally being set to take the place of mankind(this includes slowly phasing out current man). A highly placed governing group, Bioroids themselves, are orchestrating this plan. They believe it to be a benevolent choice working on the idea that since culture is how man evolves and manufactured humans are a part of that, that it is logical for them to be the next iteration of humanity—especially since they also think all routes of social engineering will always result in the current mankind’s destruction because of it’s more negative aspects.

In the Blade Runner universe this seems to be happening naturally. This is happening culturally but automatically.

If a major theme of cyberpunk is of using technology to transcend the self, then it’d apply that humanity as a singular being is using the technology of the highest level of genetic engineering to transcend itself.

It’s pretty cool that this is used, or happening, in these two works of fiction.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Lor San Tekka

I always thought it was a nice touch how the character name, Lor San Tekka, matched the actor’s, Max Von Sydow. They have the same word count and letters per word. That’s respect for a great actor.

It was good to see him in The Force Awakens even if it was only for short time. It served the story to show the idea of the previous generation handing everything off to the new one. This was done symbolically as he actually hands something of great importance, the map to Luke Skywalker, to Poe Dameron.

I also like to think that there’s some extra significance to the name Lor San Tekka, as far as how it sounds. It may be relative to ‘lore, tech(technology)’ or ‘lore and tech’—story and technology together meaning ‘sci-fi story’.

 

Lor San Tekka

Cool story feature from Star Wars: A New Hope that creates a parallel between fiction and real life

There’s a mirroring from a set of components from a portion of the film and two, otherwise, joined real world elements. In Roman mythology, briefly put, the god Jupiter is at odds with and conquers the god Saturn. Then, speaking about planets, Jupiter is a ‘gas giant’, and Saturn has a perpetual hexagon at it’s north pole. They’re also next to each other in planetary order.

In the final dramatic action sequence of A New Hope, the Rebel base on Yavin 4–a moon of a gas giant called Yavin Prime–is under immediate threat from the Empire. The Death Star must navigate around Yavin Prime to be able to clear a shot and destroy the moon and Rebel base. The Death Star’s weak point that the Rebels are attempting to exploit is a thermal exhaust port. This is a hexagon shaped structure. The film ends with the Rebels winning and the Death Star being destroyed.

The parallel is as follows:

Mythology – Jupiter in conflict with and conquers Saturn/Planets – Jupiter(a gas giant) and Saturn(hexagon north pole)

Star Wars – Yavin Prime(a gas giant) in conflict with the Death Star(hexagon weak point)leading to it’s destruction

Star Wars parallel

A favorite deleted scene from a film – David Dunn testing his suspected super strength from ‘Unbreakable’

 

I like to think that there’s a superhero comic subtext to this scene. Starting from the slow pull-away camera shot, showing the field then the archways, indicating a sort of “Hall of Justice” superhero headquarters or base of operations.

Then it follows that he’s the leader of a superhero team(professional athletes/football players). They even have a name, the Warriors, as shown behind him on the wall; it’s more so given that it’s written in a superhero comic title/cover font. He’s showing he’s the leader by proving he’s the strongest–kind of like Superman with the Justice League.

I like how he almost says, “Yeah” as in ‘Yeah. That’s right’ as he gets up. He’s having some fun.

It must be so hard for a director as an artist to leave out a scene, especially one like this, for the sake of the movie’s flow.

An anime trope used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There’s a classic anime trope that’s present in The Force Awakens: the hero has difficulty or confusion piloting, for the first time, a mecha(machine or robot) that they’re not familiar with in an intense situation. In this case it’s a heroine(Rey) piloting a machine(the Millennium Falcon).

Some examples in anime: Macross(Robotech) – Hikaru Ichijyo(Rick Hunter)/Valkyrie Fighter, Neon Genesis Evangelion – Shinji Ikari/Unit 01, Hades Project Zeorymer – Masato Akitsu/Zeorymer, Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 – Koji Sugimoto/MADOX-01

Anime and Star Wars

 

Scene from The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Episode 1

The Gyro Captain from Mad Max is everywhere

I’m starting to think the Gyro Captain, played by actor Bruce Spence, from Mad Max is some sort of god. He seems to exist everywhere multidimensionally where it matters.

Bruce Spence

The Gyro Captain – Mad Max 2 and 3, Tion Medon – Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, The Trainman – The Matrix Revolutions, The Mouth of Sauron – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Star Wars – Luke Skywalker’s use of word play in The Last Jedi

Luke has a very clever way of saying you don’t know what you’re talking about. He says it to both Rey and Kylo Ren. It may be that he says it to Rey to show that he says it to all of his students. He then may be saying it to Kylo Ren to remind him of when he was a student to make him angrier and stay focused on their duel – buying the Resistance soldiers more time to escape.