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Stretching the Last Jedi to the Breaking Point…

B-17F formation over Schweinfurt, Germany, August 17, 1943. By U.S. Army Air Force – Public Domain.

I wrote up a couple of thoughts on the Last Jedi. At the National Interest:

The first twenty minutes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi might have warmed the heart of Billy Mitchell’s Force ghost. The opening scenes effectively replayed the American interwar debates between advocates of air and naval power, with fighters and bombers attacking huge capital ships. These debates revolved around two big questions that drove procurement and the development of doctrine: how effective are aircraft against capital ships, and what kind of aircraft are most effective?

And at the Diplomat:

 The Star Wars Universe notably lacks in many of the throw-ins that modern blockbusters increasingly include to attract Chinese audiences. The ahistorical nature of the universe makes it difficult to directly reference Chinese themes, or develop Chinese characters (to date only Donnie Yen, in Rogue One, has had an extensive role in a Star Wars film). But intentionally or no, the latest Star Wars film is built around a conflict that may feel very familiar to Chinese audiences.

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