Why is Dad So Mad About Star Wars?

July 16, 2023
David Sunnyside

For all the fanboys and girls who have embraced star wars with open arms, there's also a contingent of fathers who are so mad about it. Whether they're watching their kids run around in stormtrooper costumes or building them an entire playroom out of the franchise, these dads just want to yell at the screen. And the more you watch the movies, the more it becomes clear why.

The structure of the series is based on the 1949 treatise on heroism called The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, which breaks down every hero's journey into 17 steps. Of those steps, one is devoted exclusively to the hero's encounter with his or her father. And it's hard to imagine the trajectory of the series if George Lucas didn't include that reveal in his script for The Empire Strikes Back.

Dads like Din Djarin, who fought for Grogu and refused to let the Empire take him away, are the heart of the saga. He's the type of dad who would be cheering for his kid at a game, not screaming about how much money they're wasting on McDonald's.

Then there's Han Solo, who doesn't get the best start in life but manages to give his son a good foundation. But then, when the time comes for Han to die, Ben loses everything he's worked so hard for. And the last straw is Supreme Leader Snoke, who seduces Ben into the dark side just as Chancellor Palpatine did with Anakin Skywalker.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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