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By tps12 (Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:12:45 AM EST) Star Wars, Attack of the Clones, Segway, bicycle, Dooku (all tags)
Element 6


Star Wars gets a bit of flak for not being "real" science fiction. Like, it doesn't address how the ongoing march of science and technology will impact human society, but instead merely tells fairy tales and adventure stories in a futuristic setting. But this is overly simplified: in many cases, Star Wars does indeed tackle issues surrounding the impact of technology. This Element is a good example of that.

One area in which technology has had enormous effect is transportation. Indeed, the ubiquity of the automobile is widely considered one of the fundamental features shaping modern society. An oft-ignored consideration is the potential for new transportation technologies to make one look ridiculous:

Good day sir!

Hey baby, wanna lift?

Prepare to make the jump to dorkspeed.

Mad propers to Lucas for sounding the alarum about where we're headed.

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Flash, he'll save everyone of us by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #1 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:20:09 AM EST
Duku's lil rocket sled is quite similar to the unfairly panned Flash Gordon. Lucas felt free to mine Flash of useful bits, while totally neglecting the fun and cliffhanger mentality that makes it such a guilty pleasure.

The better bit of SF to bring out is the solar sail, I don't ever recall seeing on in a movie before. Of course, real solar sails have about a .001 gee acceleration.


dum dum dum dum dum... Flash! (n/t) by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:23:15 AM EST


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AhhhAhhhhhhhhh! [nt] by greyrat (4.00 / 2) #17 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:25:55 AM EST


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King of the impossible! [nt] by monkeymind (4.00 / 2) #22 Thu Jun 09, 2005 at 09:57:45 PM EST


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hm by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:25:03 AM EST
I agree that the solar sail is really sweet (and am now sort of wishing I had slated that one for Awesome status), but really, we don't get to experience the human impact of the innovation.

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What 'guilt'? by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:33:30 AM EST
That was one of the best cast film evar.  Max von Sydow, Peter Wyngarde, Brian Blessed, Topol, Ornella Muti (urrr hurr), and even the much maligned Sam J. Jones wasn't nearly as bad as he was made out to be, and in any case later redeemed himself with a part in Stargate: SG1, so that makes it _retroactively all right.  It did exactly what it set out to do.  What more could you ask for?

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Panned? by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #19 Wed Jun 08, 2005 at 12:30:56 AM EST
It's hailed as a camp classic.

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Ahem, by Gully Foyle (2.00 / 0) #20 Wed Jun 08, 2005 at 12:43:53 AM EST

GORDON'S ALIVE!?


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Futuristic Setting? by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 2) #4 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:26:11 AM EST

IHBT:

"A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..."

OT: the first picture reminded me of this literary classic.


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emphasis on the "-istic" (nt) by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:28:57 AM EST


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That guy is by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:35:58 AM EST
looking down Segway girls shirt, for sure!

That, too. by The Fool (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:42:36 AM EST
NOES TECHTS


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We know he's married. by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:46:28 AM EST
But is she? My guess is no, because she's being all flirty and cute.

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At least not to him by The Fool (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:16:04 AM EST
Y'know.


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The Segway picture by The Fool (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:36:38 AM EST
You know, I wonder if the girl in the picture isn't hunched over just so it's not obvious that the Segway puts her chest right at eye level.

Looooser! by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:38:49 AM EST


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did you notice that by monkeymind (2.00 / 0) #21 Thu Jun 09, 2005 at 09:55:02 PM EST
her pose give the guy a good, bent over, eye full. Which the guy seems to be taking full advantage of.

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My internal dialog by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:46:23 AM EST
every time I see someone a Segway:

Why aren't they tipping over?
Oh yeah, auto-balancing.
I think I'd be really tense on one of those.

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I always think... by The Fool (4.00 / 1) #13 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 08:55:46 AM EST
"Time to mow the lawn."


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you know by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:01:27 AM EST
I bet people used to think the same thing about bicycles. And airplanes. And Sputnik.

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ObGetOffMyLawnAndCutYourHair by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #15 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 09:05:54 AM EST
new technology

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Every time I see a segway by whazat (2.00 / 0) #18 Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 02:18:36 PM EST
People are slagging it off on the internet.

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