Epic Storytelling from the Bible to Star Wars

While searching for a recording of “O Fortuna” from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana I came across this video which brings together scenes from across the various six Star Wars films to that musical accompaniment, connecting the early and later in a pretty effective way.

The look on Obi Wan Kenobi’s face in the first Star Wars film ever made, A New Hope, when Luke Skywalker asks him about his father, shows an incredible amount of forethought was already at work. The fact that one can splice in “flashbacks” to Episode III and have it work so well is impressive. Anyone who watched LOST and found themselves frustrated when things didn’t match up should appreciate what George Lucas accomplished in Star Wars rather than complaining about it.

Some have chosen to “reboot” classic shows and films rather than try to offer sequels that seek to maintain continuity. The spoof comic Gutters recently explored the idea of the New Testament as a “reboot” of the Jewish Scriptures (HT Hemant Mehta):

Do you think that the New Testament is better viewed as a sequel or a reboot in relation to the Jewish Scriptures? And when it comes to continuity (and continuity errors) is it more like Star Wars, LOST, or Doctor Who?

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  • http://twitter.com/jdonliturgy Joyce Donahue

    I have to say sequel is a good way to look at it. Yes, knowing the spoilers, you can indeed go back and read the OT as if it only exists to shed light on the NT, but that is not really the best way to read it. “Episode One” stands on its own and has its own intrinsic merit, but we understand things differently now that we know the sequel. 

    I’d say maybe not Star Wars, because finding out who Luke’s/Jesus’ father is is not the point. We know that from the beginning of the NT. That being said, if the OT, as the story of Luke’s father, is a bit like the prequel episodes…  hmmm.

    Maybe it is a bit like LOST, because knowing the “punch-line”, you look at everything that led up to it differently (just as in the Bible, knowing that God came to earth in the form of his Son and knowing about his death to save us from sin and his resurrection makes the whole Genesis story read differently.  

    It really could be that the OT is similar to Classic Doctor Who –  the NT to the current series, because those of us who know where all the little strange details originated in the earlier history of the Doctor’s life put the picture together in a larger context than do people who have only seen the new series.


  • Anonymous

    Wow it’s great to see you finally admitting the NT is fictional!

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    I wish I could figure out whether @beallen0417:disqus really believes what he writes in such instances, or is simply trying to be irritating, or wishes to helpfully remind other readers why I had to give up trying to have intelligent conversations with him.

  • Anomynous609

    George Lucas had all the forethought to think up a backstory like that but he forgot to have a main character (or a plot) when he got the chance to shoot them.

  • Pseudonym

    I vote for sequel. But, of course, with plenty of retcon.

  • Paul D.

    “Expanded Universe”

  • Gary

    I vote for only the Cliffs Notes version of the OT. Too much detail leaves too many unanswerable questions about OT and NT incompatibility. One case were less information is better.

  • cameronhorsburgh

    I don’t have anything to add to what you wrote (which has got me thinking) but I simply can’t listen to that song without the words of this version taking over my brainspace:


    I’m not sure if it ever sold any beer, but it’s one of the best ads I’ve ever seen.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

    That’s great!