Here's a question, though.. if the 70's birthed Star Wars wiyh obvious 70's themes, what do the 00's Prequels say about us? Some have argued that the orignal mass appeal of Star Wars to a 1977 audience was in the appeal to the last gasp of hippies from the 60's and 70's. These Rebels were about spirituality, going up against the machine of society in an effort to change the world. All of our discussion on technology applies. The Vietnm conflict was relected in the films, in a way, with a low tech society beating an overpowering government which had lost the support of the people. Fear of Nixon's abuse of power and Watergate era politics were still a sore spot in 77, with shaggy haired "Rebel" Jimmy Carter now in office. By the 80's, while Reagan was calling Russia an "Evil Empire", America was redefining it's identity as a superpower with a tendency for self indulgence. Maybe we were kidding ourselves to think of ourselves as the Rebels anymore, but the idea that change from within was possible still ruled the day, as well as taken responsibility for ones own actions, themes which were all in the SW movies. Now, with the prequels, what do we have that speaks to our modern society? Hard to say from up close. Maybe these movies strike a chord, if at all, as cautionary tales of not recognizing our own ability to be blinded by systematic "phantom menaces" and our own demons.Who knows? Maybe Lucas just wants to sell more action figures. The mre I hear Lucas say he could only tell these stories now, with today's technology, the more I wonder why these tales of political and personal subterfuge are the chapters which require such technical wizardry I mean, did he start with the ending first because they didn't need all of this new technology, since the galaxy is a bit, shall we say, more run down then (the 70's?) The glossy excesses of the Republic might mirror the need for all of this fancy trickery. What do you think?