Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

Star Wars parenting update

the_child and I have watched ep II, Attack of the Clones. Having recently reviewed all three of them, I think this is the most regrettable of the trio. (Though honestly, that's diving pretty deep.) She responded a lot to the young Boba Fett, and had a lot of questions about Anikin's character arc. Me, I'd managed to blot out how fundamentally cheesy the "love" story is, but that's old, old ground for most of you, so I don't need to go there.

However, in reviewing ep III, Revenge of the Sith, I've realized it's much harsher than the other two. There's a lot more very personal violence (as opposed to set piece battles or spaceships dogfighting). There's children being killed, there's graphic (for Star Wars) renditions of severed body parts, the betrayal theme is right out front and being hammered down hard.

I'm going to have a tough time arguing to her that she can't watch ep III, having recently seen eps I and II. Generally, neither her mother nor I parent by fiat, and she's learned to expect both consistency from us, and explanations where warranted.1 At the same time, i think she's going to be distressed and threatened by what she sees when and if she watches ep III.

Given my imminent travel, it's not a problem for today, but I need to come up with a strategy soon.

1. "Because I said so" has never come out of my mouth to her, that I can recall -- I detested the Argument from Authority when I was a child, I detest it even more as an adult [which explains much about my response to contemporary conservative politics and Bush in particular], and I'm not going to inflict such a travesty on the_child.
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