Zombie Cliche Lookout: End of Life Philosophy
Most heroic epics have some sort of wise sage dispensing wisdom and advice to the budding hero. It’s true, just ask George Lucas. That’s right, when he created Star Wars, he was taking a lot of notes from the mono-myth theory, made popular by A Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. In it, Campbell analyzes the common threads that bind together most of the heroic stories we’ve heard, and brings them into a single, unified structure. Lucas practically used this structure as the first draft of his space epic.
I’ve gone on record in the past of not being a huge fan of this approach to storytelling, particularly the idea of the destined hero. I just don’t care for destiny or philosophy as a plot device used to build heroes. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t work; there are tons of great examples that build on this trope. I’m simply not a fan because I prefer stories where people are forced to react to a set of circumstances they find themselves thrust into. Real people. Imperfect people. Thrust into situations that can make or break them, and it doesn’t matter which happens because it can make an interesting story either way.
About this Episode:
Brent is a character who formed almost entirely out of his minifig. The hair, the sunglasses, the sleeveless shirt. They all combined to make someone who was fully-formed in my mind. And he’s going out of this world just like I’d imagine: spouting hippie philosophies about life, death, and personal responsibility.
Discussion Question: Can I Ask a Favor?
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