Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker

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The latest trailer for Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker has been released.

I thought it was pretty cool the majority of the trailer had clips with Rey which were filmed in Wadi Rum, Jordan.  

J.J. Abrams is back in the director’s seat and the trailer featured some epic visuals and suspense building – he’s got that aspect nailed.   

I just wish the underlying elemental mythos of Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977) which George Lucas based heavily on books by Alan Watts and Joseph Campbell‘s masterwork The Hero With a Thousand Faces, was more ingrained in the characters and storyline in all these new movies.

The hero’s journey aspect of the last few Star Wars movies lacked that dimension – they felt a bit stale, lacking soul.  I personally think that’s why so many people were hating on them.   

For those that don’t know of him, Alan Watts was a contemporary of Joseph Campbell.

Watts was like a hippie Buddhist/Eastern scholar, preaching new ways of thinking, which today are much more commonplace.  But, man, back then, his stuff must have sounded whack.

Here are some Alan Watts videos:  

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