#StudyingStarWars Day 3
Today was the third day of our week course on studying Star Wars which was filled with lots of excitement and learning. In the morning we viewed Lucas’s first movie called THX 1138 which was adapted from a student film he made while attending USC School of Cinematic Arts. The film was very entertaining but if I say so myself a bit confusing. I had no idea what the storyline was until halfway through the movie but once I figured it out it was very entertain. THX 1138 takes place in a dystopian future where everyday life is controlled by those who are in power. Men and women are not allowed to procreate, everyone has shaved heads(even the women), men and women wear the same white clothing, and to keep control of the public everyone has to take medication that prevents them from being able to think freely and make opinions. Despite the storyline being nothing like Star Wars I was able to find some similarities.
The Similarities Between Star Wars and THX 1138
The first similarity that stood out to me was the robots. THX 1138 is the name of the main character, which is the man above sitting with his head down. His job in this dystopian society was to build robots. The robot that we see him building looked very similar to C-3P0 in Star wars. Both robots are humanoids and both had gold plated bodies. We never get to see the robots face but I am confident that if it was shown it would have looked similar to C-3P0. Another similarity that I found was the clothing worn by the men and women in THX 1138 and the clothing warn by Storm Troopers. Obviously the characters in THX 1138 didn’t wear armor and helmets but having large groups of people all wearing the same uniforms reminded me of Storm Troopers. Instead of each person having and individual identity, having both groups wear the same clothing conveys to the viewer that they are all the same.
The Importance of John Williams to Star Wars
For those of you who don’t know who John Williams is he is the main composer of the Star Wars movies and without him Star Wars may have never become a hit. In my opinion what makes Star Wars, Star Wars is the music. The first thing that you hear when watching a Star Wars movie is the theme song that plays while words floating through space give context to what is happening.
The first burst of horns that plays creates excitement for the viewers and sets the tone for the whole movie and lets us know that an adventure is about to take place. Williams’s sound exclusively plays off of your emotions and makes the viewer feel the emotions that the characters in the scene are feeling to. I think what also makes Williams music unique is that his score provided theme songs for characters. Whenever viewers hear the music that accompanies Darth Vader we know that something sinister is about to happen which results in viewers sitting on the edge of their seats not knowing what to expect. In my opinion Williams’s best theme song is Darth Mauls.
The Concept Art of Ralph McQuarrie
Today we also examined the original concept art of Ralph McQuarrie for Star Wars. Although I enjoyed looking at the art I have to say I am very happy that George Lucas decided to not go with a lot of his original ideas. McQuarrie’s art revealed to us that Han Solo was originally going to be an alien, Luke Skywalker was going to be a girl with a blaster(I have no issue with the character being a girl but have not tolerance for that blaster), and Storm Troopers were originally going to have light sabers. That last one I wish was true, can you imagine the epic fight scenes that could have taken place?
Star Wars Rebels
Finally, as a class we watched the first episode of Star Wars Rebels. I had low expectations for the show considering that it airs on Disney Channel however I was pleasantly surprised. Rebels maintained the Star Wars feel that I was so worried would be lost when made into a kids show and although it had more of a kid feel it stayed true to the themes. What stood out the most for me is the reuse of Han Solos concept art. In the show one of the main characters is named Zeb Orrelios and is pictured below.
Doesn’t he look strikingly similar to the original drawings of Han Solo? Another thing I really liked about Star Wars Rebels was that it gives us some context of what happened within the Star Wars universe in between Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One. Ever since Revenge of the Sith came out I often wonder what was occurring after the empire was established and this show answers those questions for me. I am quite a fan of Disney adding this show to cannon and the creation of these new characters. The amount of content Disney has been pushing out has been outstanding and even though it may seem like they are only in it for the money I raise this question: Is there such a thing as to much Star Wars Content?
As always may the force be with you!