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He physically, actually pulls their arms from their body. Chewbacca is a violent sociopath. Han Solo kept the shmannibal as his co-pilot. His co-pilot eats people.
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Han was talking literally. Because one of our heroes — our heroes — eats people, and violently dismembers them. And also the most famous ship in the franchise is run on slave labour.
And this is the problem with prequels. Prequels change the way we see existing characters, such as: Turning badass space tyrants into whiny, annoying teenagers played by Hayden Christensen. Sheer poise and sophistication. It puts a bizarre spin on everything, with this weird, horrible genocide plot now hanging over every scene that Sarek is in. But the difference with sequels is that they, by definition, follow after what has come before.
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Any rational adult can divorce their mental association between a crappy cash-in prequel and an old classic. But, that brings us around to the self-defeating nature of these prequels. What do I mean by that? Well, most media intended for mass consumption these days is motivated almost entirely by commercial concerns. I love Melissa McCarthy, by the way, I just wish we could see her doing something a little different for a change. There will always be, you would hope, some desire by the cast and crew to entertain and intrigue their audience — to tell a story.
As great a misstep as the plot contrivances may have been, Lucas was clearly intent on spinning some kind of politically intriguing tale set in the Star Wars universe. You can at least see what Lucas was going for, no matter how wide he fell from the mark. Part of that artistic intent, with a prequel or a sequel, is to make this instalment a part of the larger series, or franchise or whatever. Put simply, most of the time the creators of these sorts of films want to add their creation to the existing canon, to contribute to a greater whole.
The Prequel Trilogy was genuinely intended to be a canonical part of the Star Wars saga. The Hobbit trilogy was designed to fit snugly into the Lord of the Rings movie-canon. So then you create your new addition to the canon, where Darth Vader is a stupid whiny teenager or where Chewbacca actually eats people and then… it gets discounted.
And so, you hit the Prequel Paradox. But how relevant do you even want it to be? How loyal do you need your new creation to be to the existing source material? For all of its flaws, at the very least it subverted our expectations. As we progress through the final act, we gradually come to realise that everybody is going to die.
We see Han and Chewie and Lando and the Falcon in all of these dangerous situations that we already know they will survive. The filmmakers do their best to use the supporting cast creatively, with double-crosses and casualties throughout.
But from a story perspective, we already know that Han ends up with Chewie, and they both end up with the Falcon, and Lando lives through it all, and so we know that every scene in the movie will contrive to allow them to live.
The existing canon acts as a restraint on the narrative. We knew it was coming. That population growth may help us hang on to a congressional seat after the census and ease the demand for low-cost labor, but at what price? On a per capita basis, Minnesota is the No. Refugees, given their special needs, are immediately enrolled in the full menu of welfare programs. But there are immigrants, both legal and illegal, who are on welfare, too.
Because Minnesota does not track costs by non-citizen categories, there is zero accountability to taxpayers. The state demographer, however, tracks labor force participation rates by cultural groups. Many newcomers have consistently low rates of participation, while a few work more than Americans.
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Culture, it turns out, matters. But as TCB acknowledged, the status quo is not working; employers have an uncertain workforce and employees an uncertain future. Working Minnesotans are subsidizing a lot of people who do not work. And it is making people cranky, including hard-working legal immigrants. A good friend of mine from Egypt works six days a week. An economist friend from Bangladesh agrees; he is helping the center track refugee costs. When Minnesotans express concerns about immigration, academics, often from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, wave off those concerns.
They even claim that diversity, in and of itself, offsets costs. But it is folly to ask taxpayers to fund welfare for newcomers in hopes that someday they will become taxpayers.