Star Wars and Indiana Jones as social commentary
I was (past tense) a big fan of the original Star Wars trilogy (not the wretched first trilogy). Listen to the always excellent Bill Whittle as he explains why the reissued versions of the classic original trilogy -- that I will never, ever buy, thank you very much -- are indicative of a disturbing trend in our modern American society:
Didn't Han Solo shoot first in the famous Cantina scene? It depends on which versions of "Star Wars" you have seen. Bill Whittle jumps head first into this "Star Wars" controversy and asks whether George Lucas's re-edited version of the sci-fi classic tells us something about Hollywood, manhood and American culture.
Here is the money quote from Bill:
"And today, in this society of dependence and passivity, of emasculated, incompetent, cowardly and neurotic males, this iconic image [Han Solo/Indiana Jones] of the self-reliant, autonomous, brave, cunning, and quick-thinking individual man, has to be destroyed."
"Emasculated, incompetent, cowardly, and neurotic." The perfect description of liberal/progressive men. George Lucas included.