Star Wars as Morality Play
The de facto biggest movie of the summer, Star Wars Episode II, is due out in theaters May 16. Without delving too deeply into Star Wars geekiness, this installment will portray the beginning of Anakin Skywalker's descent from the boy-wonder of Episode I to the arch-villain of the original trilogy. George Lucas has a gigantic canvas to use in his portrayal of how evil operates within a person. Lucas has described himself as quasi-Buddhist, which strikes me as not a hopeful sign. After many errors in Episode I (i.e. Jar Jar Binks), Lucas is eager to redeem himself and his magnum opus. Regardless of how dorky the enthusiasts seem, the Star Wars hexology is the closest thing modern society has to Der Ring des Nibelungen, and it would be a shame for comservatives to miss the boat on this one.