I've been thinking a lot lately about what makes Star Wars so fantastic. The elements behind it that directly or indirectly inspired George Lucas to create such a fantastic galaxy. I had thought a lot about the inspiration of Akira Kurosawa (I decided to recently watch Dersu Uzala and rewatch Hidden Fortress just because of this). I had thought about the old serials and even tried to watch some old Flash Gordon, but I only got through a couple of episodes because it's obviously not of the highest quality. I had thought about the Arthurian Legends and I don't know a whole lot about them aside from general knowledge. I believe Echo-07 knows a fair bit about them. I realize there are similar specific threads out there, but from a high level to a detailed level what inspiration are you aware of or do you see yourself? What about literary sources of inspiration? What specific Kurosawa elements have inspired SW? I know at least two scenes in Dersu Uzala extremely similar to scenes in SW (the two suns of Tatooine similar to the moon/sun shot in DU and Dersu saving the captain from the cold a la Han saving Luke in Hoth). Hidden Fortress has a lot of similarities, saving the Princess, the bumbling idiots who are similar to our bards (the droids), the swashbuckling samurai who encompasses elements of both Han and Luke (the similarities are even more striking in the first draft of the script for Star Wars). Of course the serial similarities are vast. ANH as a whole flows as a serial. The PT is full of little homages, Kenobi chasing Grievous on the varactyl, the droid manufacturing sequence, etc. What scenes, themes, characters, plots, etc. do you see coming from these or other elements? Discuss.