Friday, August 04, 2006

Mad Magazine guesses future of Star Wars in 1982

A few months ago I picked up a used copy of MAD Magazine #230 from April 1982. Why? Because they lampooned Star Wars in it. More than that, they actually guessed some interesting points that would not come out in the series for over a decade.

Most of the joke revolves around two points. The first being that the release order and story order are different. To Quote some examples:
"Our third picture (really No. 2 in the series)..."
"Meanwhile, in our sixth film. Hiya Leia, (No 10 in the series)..."

The second running gag is that after the revelation that Darth Vader is Luke's Father (side note, is this still a spoiler?) can anybody's relationship be certain? They try every combination of relationship. To Quote:
"Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi were cloned by the same donor, who happens to be a long lost grandfather of Chewbacca's"

"Princess Leia may be the daughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi from his first marriage to a sister of Boba Fett's great-grandmother."
In all of this speculation, they never hit on actual two relationships. Luke and Leia are twins, and that Boba Fett is a clone. But they did hit on some stuff that would not come to light until the prequels.
"...No. 2 in the series will be Send in the Clones"
So close with that! "Attack of the Clones" is often called "Send in the Clones" by jokesters.

"The Jedi Knights...defend the Wookies when their home, Kazhyyyk, is overrun by droids"
Yep that happens in "Revenge of the Sith"

"We learn from Artoo-Detoo (who holds the entire history of the Galaxy in his databanks) how the Jedi Knights were disbanded"
R2 does hold the history of the Skywalker clan and was there for lots of key events.

"Luke's Father is revealed. It is none other than The Force."
MAD makes this the big joke at the end, but this is believed by some to be the nature of the conception of Anakin Skywalker.


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1 comment:

veritate said...

I thought it was interesting that they speculate that Darth Vader "is actually a half-droid" and that he "may be the father of... See-Threepio". (the second image)

Perhaps Lucas read MAD magazine back in the day?