Rewriting Return of the Jedi

I recently read this post by Albert Burneko about how Return of the Jedi spoiled the original Star Wars trilogy by seeking to legitimise Vader’s actions and make him out to be a redeemable, conflicted and ultimately loving estranged father figure.

The article is in equal measure funny and analytically astute, and well worth a read.

Indeed, hidden amongst the comments, Burneko argues that Vader’s transition from heel to hero should never have been the climax of Return of the Jedi at all. And when someone asks him “How do you wrap up the saga? What’s your rewrite?” he responds with an elegant and rather more satisfying ending to the original trilogy.

I include that comment here, because I wanted to share it, and it was too long to tweet an image of it, and too obscured below the line to simply leave a reply commending it.

And so, imagine Jedi if it ended thusly:

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The Andromeda Strain – Michael Crichton – [Book Review]

Science!

We’ve all dabbled in it, haven’t we? Whether we’re burning magnesium in the chemistry lab because ooh shiny, or enjoying metabolic energy conversion while eating a Mars bar; science is great.

But science gets a bad rap in fiction, variously denounced for being arduously exhaustive or irresponsibly lazy. Rarely does “the science” catch a break.

Exciting premise, boring book
The AndromeDULL Stain

Nor will I throw it one here, in this review of The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton’s breakthrough novel back in 1969.

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Insects of Asia

In a brief deviation from the writing progress and ponderation, here’s a gallery of the macro insect pictures Swarana and I photographed in Asia this year.

Taken with an Olympus TG-3, I was dead chuffed with the detail you could get of tiny creatures, specifically the hairs on their legs. Astonishing.

Anyway, enjoy!