It troubles me as an author, and one who hopes that someday his work will be adapted to the visual medium, that one film could have such contradictory interpretations embraced by large percentages of its audience. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, has been read as subversion or deconstruction of the original films, or as blatantly rejecting the essential vision of Star Wars. It seems to me however that this is a superficial, indeed baseless interpretation. A writer who has the opposite opinion of myself used the term Hermeneutic of Continuity to describe the other interpretation of The Last Jedi, and it seems apt. While by no means a perfect film, its key strengths are in its themes of Failure, Wisdom, and a vindication of the Jedi, which form the thematic continuity with the Original Trilogy. Be warned, spoilers will follow (if you have not seen the film please do so).
Besides my work as the Head of the English Speaking Branch of the HRM and my work on The War for Christendom book series, I have also written a few works of science fiction (sci-fi), specifically the (as-of-yet) unfinished St. Damian’s Chronicles: Tales of Catholicism Amongst the Stars. The St. Damian’s Chronicles are a sort of Asimov’s Foundation about Catholics on different colony planets struggling to survive and spread the Faith.
(This Paragraph is for those of you who have no idea what Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series is.) The basic premise of the Foundation is that a Statistical Wizard named Hari Seldon predicts the fall of a Galactic Empire (unlike Star Wars this is good empire) and sets up a group of scientists who use religion and money to gain control of surrounding barbarians in order to create a second Galactic Empire. They botch the job and Psychologists/Psychiatrists rush in to save the day. (Enough summarizing, back to the main post.)
The St. Damian’s Chronicles‘ analog to Foundation would be incomplete without a corresponding Empire and Starfleet, so without further fanfare, I present: