Not quite as tidy as I remember, despite it still being a really great debut.
The decay of idealism–in space!
Mike Thorn writes, "The very foundation of Lucas’s cinematic philosophy is newness – this comes through in his obsession with technological possibilities, and through his genuinely childlike pursuit of spectacle and wonder. His work is both pre- and post-cynical, operating within literary forms that predate cinema by several centuries while also looking toward a new kind of film whose form hasn’t even been realized yet." Though experimental, Episode II is still urgent. One of the…