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Rewriting Return of the Jedi

[UPDATE – I have tried my hand at rewriting Rogue One‘s most irksome scene]

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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Magnolia – ingenious or just tedious?

Have you seen the film Magnolia? If you haven’t, BEWARE: this post will have spoilers.

If you have, to jog your memory, it’s the one where Tom Cruise plays an arrogant, misogynistic prick. Oh… hang on, that’s Top Gun; Rain Man; Cocktail; and All Tom Cruise Films

Let me see. It’s the one where Julianne Moore plays a promiscuous drug-addled trophy wife. Oh, sorry, that doesn’t help either…

It’s the one where William H Macy plays a vulnerable middle-aged man who fumbles a criminal scam with mild-mannered incompetence…

Alright, alright! It’s the one where it rains frogs. There, that’s what everyone remembers isn’t it? The frogs!

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Spicy variety in Georgetown

After a month of island-hopping, we felt the need for something a bit different, and Georgetown promised to be exactly that.

Those of you with some knowledge of Malaysia will balk at my error: “But Georgetown IS on an island, you fool!” Yes, yes, I know, but it’s connected to the mainland by a big fat bridge, so it doesn’t count. Continue reading Spicy variety in Georgetown