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No Hero, No Journey

The success of the original Star Wars rests on a solid foundation of storytelling: the eternal hero's journey. Luke was an ordinary farm boy who rose the occasion, an average Joe. He explored mysterious worlds, befriended allies, and defeated great villains with his sheer ideals. Becoming a Jedi was a metaphor for mastering himself, not an excuse to showboat or kickass. In contrast, the new trilogy abandons this core in pursuit of something else. Anakin's path is opposite to Luke's in every way. He's not a hero at all, and the only journey he takes is an arrogant, whiny descent into hell. It might be the making of a fine tragedy, but a hero's journey it is not, and it cannot hope to lift the spirit in kind.