like, I’m mildly inconvenienced scoob!
i was listening to the chicago soundtrack and thinking about game of thrones and i nearly choked bc i imagined littlefinger sinfging razzle dazzle to sansa
"The cosmos. A universe of good and evil…"
We don’t get much backstory on just who Captain EO is. We know he’s part of some sort of corps, that he’s messed up his missions before, and -oh yea- he’s “infamous.” But why would they call him infamous? That’s not such a kind word for a hero. I say that he is part of an evil terrorist organization that overthrows planet nations and transforms them into territories that will obey him and his group.
Is Captain EO good man? Given that he is referred to as “infamous,” and his apparent attempt to destroy industry (which would cripple planets, disallowing them from producing and engaging in business with other planets) and throw a coup (by changing the personality of the Supreme Leader, she is basically a new ruler) on a planet that does not seem to be oppressed at all, I think it’s safe to say he is not a good man.
The film plays on audiences’ expectations of good and bad. In the film, EO and his crew are on a mission to gift the Supreme Leader with the key to unlock her inner beauty. Audiences, primed to equate ugliness with evil, are instructed to beleive that she is vile because of her appearance. After all, the bleak, grey world and the spider-like look of the hissing Supreme Leader would make her seem evil. But for all we know, the Supreme Leader could have been a great leader! We never see any evidence of oppression or vice. Sure she has guards, but what leader wouldn’t? And while she does lash out at EO and his crew, why shouldn’t she? If EO is indeed a terrorist, she’d want him gone from her planet. She wouldn’t risk having him take over.
The Supreme Leader seems to be keeping the planet running, as well. The planet is clearly industrialized, so I am sure the citizens have money and work. She is keeping the planet productive, and that is essential to a nation’s health. Though drab looking, there’s nothing wrong with the planet’s lifestyle.
And what of the dancers EO liberates from the columns? Clearly the Supreme Leader is oppressive for putting people in walls! Well, no. They must be prisoners of the state. Who’s to say they aren’t rightfully there? By freeing them from the walls, EO has permitted felons to escape.
Then here comes Captain EO to sing a song, magically ridding the planet of their industry, freeing convicts, and transforming guards into his own personal army. EO will now be able to shape the planet to perform any task he commands. He has a fresh planet to redevelop in whatever manner he wishes. Not to mention his new army of dancers to help him.
As if having his own army of civilians wasn’t enough, it also appears that EO has the power to control the minds of leaders. Notice how the Supreme Leader grabs her head, as though experiencing a migraine, soon before she transforms. Could this be EO’s song literally infecting her mind, allowing him to seize control? After all, the song is what turns her over.
And speaking of the song, just listen to the lyrics of the closing song:
We’re Takin’ Over
We Have The Truth
This Is The Mission
To See It Through
It’s clear here EO is saying ‘I came here to take control, this planet is ours, our word is law’
Don’t Point Your Finger
This Is Our Planet
You’re One Of Us
This is far more straightforward. ‘You can’t touch me with your laws, I’m in control now, welcome to our regime.’
What is truly haunting is the context in which this song is sung. EO has just converted the entire planet. The Supreme Leader is holding hands with him. He has won. This song is a celebration. EO is bragging that he has taken over.
Things aren’t looking very good for EO. These arguments make us question right from wrong (is good really good?). But let’s not get profound or anything. The film plays off audiences’ expectations. Lucas and Coppola use stereotypical archetypes of good and evil (dark is bad, light is good). But when they are held up to the arguments I have addressed, the archetypes don’t necessarily hold firm.
I for one am not convinced EO is an entirely good man. Between his clear intentions to transform a seemingly non-oppressed planet, his very sinister song lyrics, and his “infamous” reputation, EO does not show many signs of true goodness. Conversely, the Supreme Leader does not show any signs of true malice outside of natural self-protection.
so this is a thing now
There’s a fucking Brazilian tour group t-shirt?
Instead of saying “MAN UP”, you should say “TANK UP”.
Because you know, when you’re the tank in a group, you’re taking the hits. Which is kind of what the first expression is aiming for.
Except this one is gender neutral.
cosigned so hard