"Empire of Dreams" is the name of the "Star Wars" documentary that came in that 4-disc original trilogy box set — and it was pretty much a fanboy’s dream. (Let’s just say I’ve watched it more than once.) Now it looks like The History Channel has something to add.
Monday, May 28th is when THC will air "Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed," a two-hour documentary about, what else? The influences and impact of the "Star Wars" films, most likely focusing (I hope) on the first flick. (OK, the first trilogy.)
Here’s a snippet from THC’s press release: "Through interviews with politicians, academics, journalists and critics – all of whom weigh in on the enduring appeal of George Lucas‘ creations – the special demonstrates that Star Wars isn’t just a high-action adventure in space. It’s a remarkably complex and sophisticated story about power, politics, sin, spirituality and redemption—almost Shakespearean in its power, humor, presentation and influence.
The special makes the argument that Star Wars’ intensely compelling stories—borrowed from diverse traditions, from Greek mythology and American westerns to the Bible and even Vaudeville—compel us to explore some of the biggest questions of our time. STAR WARS: THE LEGACY REVEALED explores that view through interviews with politicians, academics, journalists and critics, who all weigh in on the creations of George Lucas. The special shows how seldom a movie can make us laugh and think about our role in the universe—which may be why it has stood the test of time."
Sounds good to me. My DVR is already set. (And if you forget, THC will re-air the doco just a few hours later.)