Ed Driscoll

Geek Week

On Sunday night, James Lileks posted a beautiful–and beautifully geeky–remembrance of both Enterprise in general, and the Star Trek franchise as a whole, as Enterprise’s last episode–the last first run Star Trek for the immediate future–aired over the weekend.

Meanwhile, another famous science fiction franchise is of course also (sorta kinda maybe perhaps) coming to an end this week.

Promising lots of additional Star Wars content this week, Will Collier of VodkaPundit has some thoughts on its creator’s “oddball Marin politics” (as Collier puts it) and his own ability to overlook them:

Let me put it bluntly: I’m not much inclined to take Lucas’s politics seriously either way. He’s proven himself to be a pretty unsophisticated political thinker in the past, to say nothing of a raging hypocrite, as Jim Geraghty aptly pointed out a while back. I compare my reaction to alleged Bush-bashing in “Episode III” the same way I viewed the Wachowski Brothers’ lame politicizing of the two “Matrix” sequels: the ideological musings of anybody dumb enough to take Cornell West seriously aren’t worth getting worked up over.

Ditto for Lucas. Come Thursday (very early), I plan to snicker at the politics and enjoy the moviemaking instead. As Lileks said going into “Episode II,” my requirements are simple: just don’t suck.

So does it? The New York Daily News’ Jami Bernard writes:

The fundamental, overarching “Star Wars” theme, established in 1977 and still going strong, is that when you are old enough to leave the farm and responsible enough to take the wheel, then