Recently, The Nerd Party show "Great Shot, Kid!" - about the creators, visions, and inspirations of Star Wars - revisited David Lynch's Dune. Show co-host John shares some further thoughts in the blog post below.
When I was growing up, few hypotheticals entranced long-time fans of the Star Wars films the way that the “David Lynch was going to direct Return of the Jedi” myth did. In the days before “blogging” and “thinkpiece” were in the vernacular, people wrote articles brief and long about what that mythical almost-film would have resembled.
People speculated that Lynch would have “made more” of the Luke/Leia attraction because apparently, being an abstract filmmaker makes some think that incest would have been on the table. (Of course, given Twin Peaks' storied symbolisms, it's hard to counter that with anything more coherent than, “Lucas wouldn't have let that one slide.”)
Tantalizingly on the cusp of our consciousness was what that would have meant for Return of the Jedi. Jedi was treated as the “red-headed step-child” of the series before the prequels came out; it took the polarizing heat of The Phantom Menace to temper it into a well-regarded classic.
We all wondered, though, what it would have been like if it had been Lynch instead of Marquand. We had seen Dune and we had seen his later works. Lynch later rose in esteem thanks to Twin Peaks as well, which added fuel to the speculative fire.
So this week on Great Shot, Kid!, @mumbles3k and I revisit Dune to glean what we can from it, and how it affords a glimpse into what-might-have-been. It was a fascinating exercise.
What I discovered is that Dune is what would have birthed from Lynch's turn in Star Wars' creative saddle. It was eye-opening.
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John is kept in a cage in The Nerd Party's basement, fed thin strips of meat and stale bread in exchange for co-hosting two shows, Great Shot, Kid! and Aggressive Negotiations. He's given water so long as he doesn't anger anyone. Learn more about him!