ByTravis Walker, writer at Creators.co
Travis Walker

The hidden message within the saga...

(Please note, I am not endorsing nor stating anything against our current political structure and people. I am simply writing this in hopes of making people aware of a deeper message therein and possibilities. Also, may contain some spoliers for The Force Awakens.)

So I am a fan of Star Wars (who isn't?) and I consider myself one of the relatively few who enjoyed the prequels. They did a wonderful job in setting up the original trilogy and I really enjoyed the battle sequences, the lightsaber duels were epic. However within the prequels and into the original trilogy with The Force Awakens in tow, there is a deeper message there, a message and fallacy of epic proportions. In order to see this message, one needs to look deeper in the film beyond the battle spectacle, the ancient feud and plot of the Sith, and the immortal heroes to perhaps the most disliked aspect of Star Wars, the politics.

Taken from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Taken from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As the saga unfold, the problems of the governments help facilitate this dislike but also to emphasize the fact that the establishment fails to represent the people. Whether you have the Republic, the Empire, the First Order, the New Republic, the establishment will struggle and leave you with only what could be called as terrorist organizations. This, of course, is the political menace, established governments are inherently failures to provide for the greater good of the people they govern.

From Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
From Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

We notice first within the saga the main group that everyone seems to be fighting for or against its establishment, namely a republic. We are first introduced to this governing body in The Phantom Menace which instead of bringing a feeling of awe as we see a government that can actually rule over star systems and function; it brings a feeling of boredom and confusion. We watch as Senators bicker among themselves over what looks like a fairly simple issues of stopping the Trade Federation, passing better regulation in response to systems seceding from the Republic, and the alarming rate as it became less and less of a republic. Instead of having these politicians solve these problems, we are constantly watching as “rogue” parties having to step in and take charge of the situation. These problems do exude a feeling a boredom as we really want to get to the battles but also a feeling of what could be the message here. By portraying a Republic here with a rogue party having to save the day so to speak, it carries the idea that eventually a government no longer carries the people who care for the greater good, only for their own agenda and power and that those who will have the agenda for the greater good will be outsiders, those that will go around the laws and establishment in order to bring about peace. This becomes the caveat for the saga, governments will eventually fail to protect that which they are supposed to. This leads us to our second point, the one that Star Wars attempts to show as an alternative.

From Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
From Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

While on the surface our second government, a totalitarian dictatorship, seems somewhat better, it is perhaps even more sinister than that of the republic in the fact that it acts too much on the galaxy instead of too little. Gone away is the apparent delay of debate amongst delegates, power is centered in upon one person who craves it beyond anything. While no longer do we have men in power that bicker and lobby for their agenda, we have only one man who controls according to his ideas. Absolute and total control is the game that the totalitarian governments play and they do so with brutal fervor. This appears as the Empire rises within Revenge of the Sith as they take out the Jedi forces and then subject the Senate and the Republic under a new order, the Galactic Empire. Under this head, the Chancellor became the Emperor, the sole holder of power who rules by fear and loyalty of the governors. An even larger military force is created to quell insurgents amongst the population, and invented the Tarkin Doctrine that suppressed the rights of many to create “peace”. This of course, fails to create peace and sends the galaxy into another war over the right to rule.

From designer Russell Walks
From designer Russell Walks

Their counterpart, the First Order, inspired fear across the galaxy as they created another super weapon and crushed the New Republic with one hit. Despite their size, they have the desire to return back to what they had. As Kylo Ren states, "It is the task of the First Order to remove the disorder from our own existence, so that civilization may be returned to the stability that promotes progress. A stability that existed under the Empire, was reduced to anarchy by the Rebellion, was inherited in turn by the so-called Republic, and will be restored by us. Future historians will look upon this as the time when a strong hand brought the rule of law back to civilization." (Foster, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) They sought for this stability but yet it points back to the original failure of the Empire and Republic that it would once again be contrary to the greater good for the galaxy.

Our last group, the one that portrays our heroes and the good guys is that of a rebellious rogue groups that are dotted throughout the saga. Instead of carrying the awkwardness of the Republic or the suppressiveness of the Empire, they carry the strong core values that we would like personally; that of freedom, peace, and balance. And even better, they have goals to achieve this instead of bicker around for endless debates or control through fear of slaughter. But they don’t inspire us to be the option to carry the galaxy into prosperity nor are they the long term ideal situation. Eventually, they would need to create a central government in order to set in motion the standards that they are pushing. Unfortunately, they did that in The Force Awakens and we can see that it fell apart, falling to hands of the First Order by way of failure to act. This once again leaves us with another totalitarin dictatorship that faces another resistance group as the cycle will continue onward.

From Star Wars Propaganda Posters
From Star Wars Propaganda Posters

In wrapping it up, why is this message so crucial, established governments are failures in the galaxy and that our only hope is through rogue groups with their own agendas? Well, we can see that eventually governments become too full of people who have their own plans and really begin to care less and less about those that they serve. We also notice that these governments need those who are on the outside, namely these rebel parties, in order to bring about a sense of peace and security. In short, government that is left too long in the hands of a specific group will eventually begin pushing their own agendas and plans for their gain instead of fighting for those that they represent. This is why rogue groups on the outside need to step up and clear out a few of the specific parties to allow new ideas and thinking to be brought in thereby not allowing groups of people to get too comfortable with power. If you are constantly changing out your leaders, then I believe the system would work. If Star Wars had done this, the Galactic Empire would have not risen or the Sith claimed victory over the Jedi. My hope is that we can learn this deeper message from our galaxy far far away before said problems arrive at our door as well.

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