The Dark Side

When I got home from watching the Force awaken, I Googled “Skywalker Family Tree” so I could get a better idea of what was going on. I thought, “Oh, okay. Makes sense.”
I guess that makes me more of a viewer of Star Wars than a bona fide fan. I will also admit that there were a few times I was hoping for a Lone Starr cameo.
I wondered how anyone comes up with these sort of story lines and characters and what would happen if I switched dreams with George Lucas, Quentin Tarantino or Stephen King for a week.
Anyway, what struck me was the Force. Yeah, I know, but hear me out. The whole Light and Dark thing is really legit.
I like the idea that the Force takes good people, even family members, and turns them to the Dark side. Well, I don’t like it, but I get it. You know what I mean. It’s real. It’s the friend you try to get to clean up their life, but who can’t resist the temptation and the pull of the Force they entertained. Maybe it’s you and you’re trying to find the Light. It makes sense, because the rest of us are too.
It’s Paul Maclean in “A River Runs Through It.” Sure Paul doesn’t become an antagonist, but he certainly becomes his own villain.
I’m not sure if that’s what I’m supposed to extract from a series of films about galactic warfare, but that’s where my brain went on the drive home.
We want to entertain a little Dark. Just see what it’s like to take a break from being what everyone expects us to be or we know we should be. It puts us on an elevated walkway, face to face with what we know we should embrace, but are tempted to impale.

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