"These aren't the droids you're looking for": 8 questions about Star Wars
1) What exactly happens to the Stormtroopers or the Rebel Alliance fighters when they get hit by a laser from a laser gun? What does violence mean in the Star Wars universe?
2) When we see Anna Kendrick and others vanish from their clothes as Obi-Wan Kenobi does when hit by Darth Vader's light saber, are we supposed to think that the Star Wars Battlefront video game being advertised is part of some rapture-deranged cult? Is a basic part of the appeal of the Star Wars franchise that we can escape the burden of the flesh after we perish? Or are we just subconsciously happy to see that someone as classy as Alec Guinness escapes from the movie?
3) Why is there a room-sized trash compactor in the Death Star?
4) Why are there so many men in their 40s who view the whole Star Wars phenomenon with such childlike religious fervor? I have seen grown men in their thirties bizarrely "fighting" with their light saber iPhone apps. What was the exact sweet spot age--10? 8?--to have first seen Star Wars in the theaters and then worship Han Solo from thereon?
5) Why haven't the three deplorable Star Wars prequels (Revenge of the Sith, etc.) done anything to dampen public enthusiasm for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Has the failure of those movies somehow enhanced the franchise through some sort of media herd hypnosis reverse psychology?
6) Is Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) likable because she's peevish and idealistic?
7) When Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia find themselves trapped on the edge of an abyss and fired upon by Stormtroopers, why does Luke happen to have a Batman utility belt around his waist complete with a rope and a grappling hook? Did he need this stuff back on the farm on Tatooine? Was this detail prepared for in some way?