I posted this a while ago. George Lucas and I had a conversation about doing movies about the Force. I thought there was always a plan to do 7, 8, and 9. George Lucas wanted me to repost this – so I am. The fact that Star Wars 7 bears no resemblance to this is neither of our faults. I’m reposting it at Mr. Lucas’ request.
What are the contents of Star Wars 7, the Force Awakens
Instead of trying to recall the exact wording of each of the conversations that should be compiled into Star Wars 7, the Force Awakens, I’ve decided it would be easier on my nerves and more convenient for you if I just divulge what I think the movie should contain and you’ll just have to trust me that the reason I think these things is because they were parts of 3 or 4 conversations I had with George Lucas over the past 42 years. This way, you’ll be able to check me when the movie is released, and you’ll know who I am. Fair enough?
Why was Yoda in hiding when we first met him in the original Star Wars movie? I thought it was something more than being afraid for his life. George said that’s what it was, that Yoda was afraid he’d be killed so he went into hiding. But I said I thought it had to be more than that; perhaps Yoda was afraid his powers would be used by the Empire. Now that George has a pretty good idea of what happened to me, that will be worked into the Force Awakens. I hope so.
Who is Yoda? Yoda will return in a reincarnation as a woman. I know Lucas wants to rectify the mistake he made when he made Yoda a male character. He thought women didn’t say things like I did. But that reasoning is faulty since I’m a woman. I think he may try to get Charlize Theron to play Yoda, and I’d imagine unless she had some other commitment that’s impossible to get out of, she’d be thrilled to play Yoda. I know I would. Yoda may also come back as other things, but that’s more George’s bailiwick than mine. Yoda will explain why she talks the way she does – it’s simply too stress certain words and to economize other words and to make a point as briefly as possible so as not to waste anyone’s time or bore anyone. (I don’t write like I talk – you can be thankful of that – believe me)
Just so you know, it’s true that Yoda’s eyes were designed to look like Albert Einstein’s eyes. (The same goes for ET) When I talked to Lucas about that he was surprised I knew that. I thought everyone knew that.
Women in the Force Awakens
Also, George and I talked about the importance of women in the new millennium. We both felt that men had had their chance long enough and had made a mess of things and we both felt that women were better suited to handle the world the way it is right now and straighten things out. I don’t know if the storyline will point that out or if Lucas will just have more female characters in important authority positions and in decision-making roles.
Also, I felt very strongly that Chewbacca was a woman. I kept expecting someone to say something about that, but that never happened and when I told that to Lucas he was very surprised and thought that Chewbacca was a decidedly masculine character. I said there was nothing that Chewbacca did that a woman couldn’t do. I said I thought the pronoun he or him was only used once in the first three movies. I thought that Leah should be the one who knew that Chewbacca was a female all along. I think it makes sense. I don’t think I had Lucas completely sold on that idea, though.
But what we did both think of was Chewy and Han would have to go back for probably a wedding. Then Han, Leah and Luke would have to learn Chewbacca’s language and I thought that would be very funny. Again I thought Leah would be the one who could master speaking the language the quickest. And then, when they got back to their planet, they would realize that Chewbacca was a woman. I might be wrong but that idea was out there (in more ways than one.)
I think that the Wookies fight by pulling their opponents arms out. That will probably be in there. That’s something I said when I named the Star Wars characters and said Chewy was a Wookie.
Getting Han, Leah and Luke back together
I thought there should be a scene where Han, Leah and Luke were reminiscing and going through a photo album and there were three pretty good jokes I gave him for that. We both pictured Leah and Luke on a love seat or couch with Han standing on their left, the screen’s right. I said the film could move from that scene to a scene of a starship coming into the frame and Lucas asked which side should the ship come in from, and I said in from the left and headed to the right, and he laughed because that’s what he pictured as well. I kind of doubt that will be the very next scene in the movie, but I just bought I’d throw that in there as an interesting little tidbit about the way Lucas’s mind works.
I hope at some point, there will be a cane that turns into a light saber. (Since they’re so old, and all)
Parenting in Star Wars 7, the Force Awakens
Somewhere along the line in the movie there will be suggestions on parenting a teenager and parenting in general. Those suggestions should come from Yoda. I hope the suggestions include getting your child ready to be an adult by the time he or she is 12 or 13. I hope the suggestions include compromising with your children rather than ruling them with brute force. I hope the suggestions include allowing your child the freedom to be his or her own person. Lucas and I think that’s important.
I suggested that Luke should find himself in a situation with his son where something goes wrong and he recognizes that his parenting skills are the same as his Uncle’s were with him, and he uses the Force in a detrimental way. Luke then realizes that he never completed his Jedi training and goes back (I would have him go back to the swamp) and finds Yoda so he can complete his Jedi training. This gives the movie a perfect opportunity to talk a little bit more about the Force. I told Lucas I was waiting for something like that to happen, so I hope it happens. It better, or I’ll be disappointed.
Defining the Force in Star Wars 7
I told Lucas a story about something that happened to me about 40 or so years ago and I could never figure it out but as we talked I realized it was the Force, the elusive thing that I had always wanted to know more about. Lucas wanted my ideas about the Force. I asked if he believed in God and he did so I told him I believe that God is energy. I believe that before anything happened, God’s energy existed. God’s energy is the matter that makes up the center ball or cluster or what have you that began the Big Bang. I never believed there was a Bang, but rather a flutter or a whisper that started moving things in an outward circular motion. Like the cluster was a metaphorical dradle and God’s hand was the child on Hanukah. As the cluster got dispersed, planets and stars and sun and moons began to take shape. Depending on the energy of each sphere, some were hot, some cold, some were bright and on and on. It’s still going on; creation is a continuous, eternal process. No strings attached.
String theory says tiny strings hold everything together even atoms and molecules. Someone actually thought tiny strings pulled the molecules together to create matter. String theory has been disproven and energy has taken its place. I have been saying that energy is the source of everything for as long as I can remember. Probably since I learned about the expansion of the universe and thought about how that would have started; I think that must have been 40 or 50 years ago. But I feel it; I connect with it on a regular basis. I had a “Near Death” experience where I’ve been to Heaven and I can tell you God is just energy. Energy you can feel and just barely see but He’s clearly energy. So energy has to be the thing that holds everything together. It holds neurons, electrons and protons together to make atoms, molecules, matter and on and on and on. It’s energy that creates gravity, rocks, air, magma, human beings, water, space, the sun – everything.
In that respect, we are all connected. We are one entity. We are one with the universe. Some people can feel it and are very tuned into it. Most people ignore it: we’re taught to ignore it. We’re laughed at and ridiculed if we admit to feeling it. In 2003 I went to pyramids in Mexico. People were allowed to walk up the stairs of the pyramid, something my health didn’t allow, but I’m not sure I would’ve gone if I’d been up to it because the energy in the place was palpable. I spent my time sitting at the base with my back against the stones. The feeling was unforgettable. I’d say to other tourists from time to time, “Isn’t the energy of this place incredible?” And most times they would say they hadn’t noticed. They’ve turned their sense of energy off. To me it would be like putting a blindfold on and living that way. Completely unaware that there was this whole world that you could see if you just looked. Completely unaware that their eyes have a purpose other than a place to keep your handkerchief. Ridiculing the sixth sense is a way of keeping people in the dark.
I feel that the Force is tapping into the energy that surrounds us and not only holds our bodies together but every molecule in every cell in our bodies. It’s the Force that holds us to the earth and to our surroundings including each other. So if each individual were to tap into his or her own energy and attach that energy to the energy of the Creator and then to everything and everyone around us – that energy would multiply by each individual and object it attaches to. That’s the Power of the Force!
Let’s say, for instance, you’re in New York City. You’re one person but there are 500 people in your building. If you and the 500 people all concentrated their energy together with the Creator’s energy and the energy force the building produces and the energy in the ground under the building and the sidewalks and the air around the building and the sky over the building that would be such a tremendous amount of energy – I know it would be possible to accomplish mighty things.
People do it on smaller scales but they rarely combine their energy with anyone else (except when they want to get a good parking spot.) I think we need to build a fortress of trust so that we can combine God’s energy and our energies into something extraordinary and positive – and that is the Force.
The Dark Side
The Dark Side of the Force taps into the cornerstones of evil, rather than the power of God the Creator, and therefore can never be as powerful. JJ et al: know this – When you live your life believing in the power of Vengeance, Anger, Fear and Hate you are on the wrong team. You will never know true happiness or inner peace; and nothing good or positive will ever come of your actions.
In Conclusion How do we know we’re doing the Right Thing?
The test we must answer before we make a decision to take any action is – Is this something I’ll want to admit to? Is this something my children and I will be proud of? How will this decision affect the world seven generations from now?