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The genre that seemed to offer the best combination of high adventure, expansive setting, and classic characters was the western, a genre that includes both serial shoot-’em-up adventures and epic tales set in a grand landscape. For example, the rowdy cantina at Mos Eisley spaceport is a setting—the frontier saloon full of gamblers and rowdies—that could have been lifted from any number of western films. Han Solo himself bears a strong resemblance to the classic western gun-for-hire, with Chewbacca, perhaps, standing in for the sidekick. And of course there is a strong whiff of the black-hat/white-hat morality of a generic western in the opposed figures of Luke and Darth Vader, especially in the earlier parts of the trilogy. The western isn’t the only genre Lucas draws upon. In the end, the Star Wars films are in a sense a collage of elements taken from several genres, with the laser guns and rockets of serial sci-fi, the gunslingers and dusty towns of the western, and the dogfights and radio chatter of Hollywood fighter-pilot flicks.

Part of the reason Lucas is so comfortable poaching from these disparate sources is that “originality” in terms of plot and character was, in fact, the last thing he was after. Lucas was going for classic situations and a mythic sort of resonance, and he was able to attain this effect by keeping close to his generic models. He could then place these familiar sorts of characters—the young, unproven hero; the wise counselor; the villain—with their familiar motivations, in incredible, highly unfamiliar settings, while still packing an emotional punch in his story.

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Did Han shoot first?

by haysforhroses, July 11, 2012

So the overview says the Han blasted his way out of his confrontation with Greedo - but - did he shoot first? Anyone know for sure?


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Revenge of the Sith in Plot Overview

by bjimenez5, January 02, 2013

Dear Sparknotes,
You should include Revenge of the Sith in the plot overviews. I also recommend you update your film list to include other famous classic films and movies that came out over the past ten or twenty years. Thanks.


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*Addition* Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

by Rankatron, December 17, 2015

Most of this I wrote myself, while I borrowed some elements from smaller synopsis. Hope this helps!

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
During a space battle over the planet Coruscant between the Galactic Republic and the Separatist Alliance, Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker lead a mission to rescue the kidnapped Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from Separatist commander General Grievous’s battle cruiser while the Republic army wages siege on it. After navigating through the S... Read more


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