This topic was suggested in another thread and since no one has made it yet (and since I really want to discuss it myself) I decided I would do the job. So the topic is pretty obvious: We all know how huge of an influence Joseph Campbell has had on George Lucas and Star Wars. So let us discuss Joseph Campbell's influence on Star Wars (personally I have read The Hero With a Thousand Faces but none of his other work), the Monomyth and how it will continue to have an impact on the future of Star Wars. For those who aren't familiar with the monomyth: Personally I'm very intrigued to see how this central aspect of the Star Wars Saga will continue with the ST. For me I believe it is essential for the new films to focus on the next generation (and that is obviously the most likely scenario) and for the new Skywalker to set off on the Hero's Journey just as his/her father and grandfather did before him/her. But there is a problem because as the example states the hero sets out from the mundane world into the unknown and this could be difficult to portray in the ST. In the PT it was easy for Lucas to place Anakin Skywalker into any situation he felt suitable as it was the beginning of the saga and there was nothing before it that could contradict something and with Luke Skywalker it was also rather easy because his father was dead/evil and again he could place him in any situation. It will be a little different with the ST because if the protagonist is a Skywalker than his/her father is still alive and if it a Solo again his/her father and mother are most likely still living. So if the protagonist is Force sensitive (which is pretty obvious) and is a Skywalker or Solo (which I think we can all safely assume they will be one or the other) then it is reasonable to assume that they have been trained as Jedi. But a child being trained from birth to assume the mantle of a Jedi with all their special skills already acquired just doesn't seem to follow the Hero's Journey. I will be very interested to see how they resolve this problem. So without further ado let the discussion begin.