Star Wars: The Force Awakens (U.S. Debut on Dec 18, 2015)
Image credit: LucasFilms and Disney
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In the death scene when Luke Skywalker (much better last name than the originally proposed "Starkiller") is trying to carry Vader off the soon-to-be-exploding Death Star, Luke stumbles and says to the redeemed-Darth-Vader-turned-back-to-Anakin:
- [Luke] "You're coming with me, I'll not leave you here, I've got to save you!"
- [Anakin] "You already have, Luke... You were right. You were right about me. Tell, your sister, you were right..."
Yes, I'm probably being very nostalgic. But the theme of redemption is why I love Star Wars, even if George Lucas did not originally intend to make any explicit connections with the gospel. But that is what good theological thinking does: it takes the ordinary and extraordinary in life and sees how they reflect the timeless message of redemption by God. I hope (please, please don't blow it J.J. Abrams and company!) that redemptive moments in the new series won't be lost on the next generation of fandom.
But there's potential! Rey and Han Solo have this great exchange: [Rey] "Those stories about what happened..." [Han] "It's true... all of it... they're real." You almost wish Han added: So believe!
And did you hear the confession of the storm-trooper-turned-Jedi[?] Finn: "I was raised to do one thing... but I got nothing to fight for."
With one redemptive turn, Finn might just find something worth fighting for! Now let's watch the trailer a hundred more times...