Aesthetics

The philosophical study of art

Star Wars, Script Doctor, Aesthetics, Character

Fixing RotJ, Part 2: Armed Only With This

Reading Time: 11 minutes
25th Jun 2020
In my first post [https://blog.craigabutler.com/fixing-rotj-1/] about script doctoring Return of the Jedi, I talked a lot about the infamous "certain point of view" scene. This is the scene where Luke encounters Obi-Wan's ghost right after Yoda dies. It's a critical turning point in the film that doesn't live up to its potential, and it sets the stage for a disappointing conclusion of Luke's story in the original Star Wars trilogy. In the scene, Luke's just lost his teacher and ally, the last l
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
11 min read
Star Wars, Script Doctor, Aesthetics

Fixing RotJ, Part 1: A Certain Point of View

Reading Time: 12 minutes
28th May 2020
I know what you're thinking - you're thinking, "Craig, you spice-addled fool! Nothing's wrong with RotJ! It's amazing!" And of course, you're right - I love it. So what could I possibly have to complain about?
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
12 min read
Star Wars, Aesthetics

In Defense of the Ewoks

Reading Time: 5 minutes
22nd May 2020
People love to complain about the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi, but they've never really bothered me. A look into our favorite little furry cannibals.
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
5 min read
Star Wars, Aesthetics, Character

The Lies of Obi-Wan Kenobi

Reading Time: 12 minutes
14th May 2020
Fixing the Star Wars prequels is still obsession of mine, and two of the biggest problems with them is a lack of compelling characters and a failure to bring anything new to the story.
Craig A. Butler
Craig A. Butler
12 min read