The Great Star Wars Challenge continues.
It has been said that the best way to appreciate Star Wars (aka Episode IV aka A New Hope) is on its own merits, as a self-contained film, forgetting everything that came subsequently (sequels and Prequels).
But that's not the game we're playing here.
I've written plenty about the impact this film had on my young mind, and its subsequent influence on my geeky life, so there won't be as many thoughts coming out of my recent viewing - compared to the questions and suggestions raised from the Prequels.
BIGGS DARKLIGHTER: Biggs was clearly a major influence - and role-model - in young Luke Skywalker's life on Tatooine but he got rather the short end of the stick in Episode IV. I know there are more Luke/Biggs scenes that were cut, but I reckon there's enough potential in the character if not to anchor one of the Star Wars Anthology films then, at least, a Marvel comic book mini-series akin to those for Lando or Chewbacca.
COLLATERAL DAMAGE: Another comic book series - or storyline in one of the main titles - I'd like to see would be the family of another prisoner on the Death Star (surely Leia was not the only one?) seeking revenge on Luke for the murder of their kin. It would be fascinating to focus on someone not allied with The Empire seeing Luke as a 'villain' and how Luke deals with someone with this viewpoint.
FLYING R2: I was never a fan of the revelation that R2-D2 could fly in The Prequels, even though it made sense given his role as an astro-mech working on the outside of Naboo craft in space. I'd like to know when these jets were removed... because they probably could have come in handy at some point in the Original Trilogy.
THE POWER OF THE FORCE: I'm hoping the upcoming films will address the full power of The Force - not just as a way of causing of destruction but as method for shaping destiny through 'coincidence'. Imagine how different the story of Star Wars would have been if R2-D2 and C3-PO hadn't happened to be picked up by the jawas and subsequently sold to Uncle Owen (and Luke). Did R2-D2 sabotage the red R2 unit so it blew up or was that the workings of The Force?
OLD TIME RELIGION: On several occasions, in Episode IV, the concept of the Jedi and The Force are referred to as a religion. Was this point-of-view a widely held stance? I know the Jedi had 'temples', but were these open places of worship? Did the Jedi have 'followers', people who prayed to The Force (May The Force Be With You) but lacked the ability to control it as the Jedi did?