Star Wars: Episode IV – The Scale of Hope

Josh Larsen

Josh Larsen
October 21, 2015

Star Wars: Episode IV's vision of hope can be detected in its imagery alone.

October 28, 2015

This is such a neat way of framing this movie, Josh. You may have helped redeem it for me. I know it's the "original" and all, but for me it's always been the one with the least re-watch value.

Your piece here makes me think of something that they say in the Empire Strikes Back, though...when Obi-Wan tells Yoda, "That boy is our last hope." And also when Sidious first appears to tell Vader of the "great disturbance in the Force" that could destroy them. My thought in both moments has always been, "If Luke is what they're talking about, someone did a really poor job of making him seem worthy of those statements, because he's pathetic."

But maybe that's the point. Maybe it takes foresight--divine foresight--to see the real potential of a pathetic glimmer of hope in an otherwise hopelessly dark place. I'm sure the baby in Bethlehem was regarded the same way by those who didn't understand his true identity.

Josh Larsen
TC Staff
October 28, 2015

In Reply to JKana (comment #27564)

Thanks Johnathan - more thoughts on The Empire Strikes Back, from Fuller Seminary's Roslyn Hernandez, are to come!

Heather VanderArk Altena
October 31, 2015

God chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and the weak things of the world to shame the strong. (I Cor 1:27)

Such a common theme in storytelling -- we weak ones never get tired of it!

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