In response to a [link=http://www.livejournal.com]LiveJournal[/link] post, I wrote the following:[blockquote][W]hen the OT was first filmed, Lucas had to struggle to keep his ideas relatively intact while everyone from cast and crew to studio executives and bankers tried to change his movies, stop production, or otherwise tell him it was wrong. Nowadays, I don't think those listed in the previous sentence have any major issues with Lucas doing what he wants on the PT. No, nowadays, it's us, the fans. We try to get Lucas to change his movies, stop production, or otherwise tell him it's wrong. And, somehow, I don't think it's possible that Lucas doesn't notice the controversies in the fan community when every interviewer will ask him about the O-OT or question obliquely about PT criticisms. In fact, I would argue that there is more dissent and divisiveness than ever, and that the means of communicating this--the Internet, the media--are all highly tuned and capable.[/blockquote]After I posted, I realized that the situation now is almost the exact flip of 1977. Then, opposition came from the groups mentioned above, though rife with dissenting support, and sci-fi fans provided a solid interest in ANH. Now it's almost a mirror image: fans are divided, with some strong and vocal opposition to the PT, while the studios and media are unified in hyping up interest, both positive and negative. Fans seem to be recognizing the rifts that have formed in the community though, and ROTS will certainly draw out fans as the last SW movie. Since I only got around three hours of sleep yesterday, I decided to pursue this train of thought. And found that there is another mirror situation. In 1977, SW redefined the fantasy and sci-fi genres both with its sweeping plot of good vs. evil, heroes and villains, adventure, and ultimately its hopeful story of redemption and the triumph of good over evil. This with theaters, and Real Life, filled with doomsday stories of death and corruption. In 2005, SW closes with ROTS, and the general structure of fantasy/sci-fi films that SW first set is still being played out in theaters. LOTR, The Matrix, the long list of comics-based movies contain much the same elements that SW initially introduced, complete with a good overcomes evil ending, fulfilled destinies, redemption, and reincarnation. Then there's ROTS. Where evil wins the day, prophecies go unresolved, and there's more than enough corruption, exile, and death to go around. I'm sure there's also a mirror in the technology and special effects used to make the films. And, of course, in-film thematic cycles--though there are plenty of other more specific threads on those. I'm really interested in whether there are any other production and social impact parallels. At any rate, I thought this might be amusing as the premiere of ROTS and the end of the Saga comes ever nearer. I'll of course be sad to see the end of SW films (re-re-releases and ultimate editions aside), but I think it's nice to know that the circle is complete.