The Secret Connection of the SW Trilogies

Mike Klimo has brought his ring theory to star wars.com with his first article for the site, The Secret Connection of the Star Wars Trilogies:

So, just as George Lucas borrowed from a multitude of ancient sources in crafting the story of his modern myth, the use of multiple types of parallelism suggests that he also borrowed from ancient sources in creating the structure (or form) of his myth. But now that we know a little bit about the concept of parallelism, let’s take at look at some of the extremely subtle ways Lucas designed The Phantom Menace to correspond with A New Hope right from its opening frames.

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10 Responses to “The Secret Connection of the SW Trilogies”

  1. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    That’s awesome that he’s getting recognized by the powers that be.

    Although I hate how they’ve suddenly forced you to comment through Facebook.

  2. Obi-Rob Says:

    Funniest part is Lucas himself has said this but people never listed to anything he says. Lucas on the commentary said “in episode one your beginning the story through the eyes of the two jedi the same way in the original SW you began the story through the eyes of the two droids. And they bring us to the hero which would be Anakin/Luke.”

    For those interested in just how exact this is: in Episode 4 its 20 mins exactly before we get to see luke. And in Episode 1 its 24 mins until we get to Anakin, Literally only a 4 min difference!!!!

    Then his actual fans go on theforce.net and try to simply tell people about this and they get shouted down, they get their threads locked and maybe even banned.

  3. roxam91 Says:

    Great to see Mike Klimo getting some attention on the main Star Wars site.

    As for the ring theory, I do want to mention that way before I even heard of Klimo, I always noticed each prequel connected in some way to their respective OT counterpart. For example, Anakin flying the Naboo starfighter in TPM reminded me of Luke flying his X-Wing in ANH. Palpatine sitting as he watched Anakin dueling with Dooku and ordering him to kill him reminded me a lot of ROTJ, where Palpatine once again, was sitting, as he watched Luke battling Vader, while trying to bring him to the dark side as he did with his father many years prior. Of course, Klimo’s ring theory made me realize there were a whole lot more connections than I first realized, and that made the prequels a whole lot more awesome.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Same here. I always thought that not only does TPM mirror ANH as the beginning of each trilogy but TPM also bookends ROTJ, for example. But he pointed out a lot of stuff I hadn’t considered before either.

      • Tarrlok Says:

        This is more related to the production side of the film, but TPM and ROTJ always struck me as the most visually similar films.

        There’s a thematic parallel/mirror between the Ewoks and the Gungans. After the protagonists of the saga decide to use an ill-conceived high tech supersoldier army in AOTC and ROTS, they suffer the bloody, Galaxy-destroying consequences. The anthropocentric Rebel Alliance of ANH and TESB comes close to failing as well. At the end of the day, they can rely on a long overlooked native people fighting for their homes.

    • morejawajuiceforme Says:

      That’s true for me, too. I think most of us noticed some of the parallels. I never thought of it as a ring composition, though. Thank goodness for Mike Klimo putting in the effort to write his massive essay and make some of this stuff clearer for the masses.

  4. Jacobesico Says:

    I’m amazed at all the positive comments in the comments thread.

    I’ve read The Ring Theory and it’s a very facinating read.

    Be sure to post up more of those articles in the future.

  5. roxam91 Says:

    Rather off-topic, but, Domhnall Gleeson admits that he doesn’t think fans will be satisfied with TFA: http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/movie-news/im-not-sure-if-fans-will-be-entirely-satisfied-with-it-thats-the-bitter-truth-reveals-domhnall-gleeson-of-star-wars-the-force-awakens-31582572.html

  6. The Burning Blogger Of Bedlam Says:

    Mike’s work has been covered in mainstream newspapers in the UK too, which is fabulous. I would love to know if George has read The Ring Theory thesis.

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