“The Cinema is truth, 24 frames per second.”
— Jean Luc Godard
I will admit to a sniggering, presumptuous distraction upon my first viewing of Calderone’s Return, Part II which disabled my ability to perceive many of even its most basic themes and motifs. It is a valuable lesson not to underestimate the subject of one’s criticism.
If I was to make the same kind of over-inflated, indulgent, and bombastic remark about Calderone’s Return, Part II, that Francis Ford Coppola made about Apocalypse Now, it would be: ‘this show isn’t about the 1980’s — it is the 1980’s.’
Rebecca de Mornay’s extraordinary character, Sabine, is the one exception to the two-dimensional tropes which embody the other female characters. She is the only woman in the film with real purpose, or character, since she has actual reason to behave the way she does, and perhaps because of her prominence in the Dumas novel, is an important part of the overarching narrative.
Luke Skywalker’s inherent curiosity about, and eventual fear of, his father are poignantly linked throughout The Empire Strikes Back. Curiosity and fear are in this sense marked as a significant symbolic duality – just as Vader might be seen as a Jungian Shadow of Luke, an ‘inner demon' which stands against and opposite other parts of the self, yet another amalgam of curiosity and fear.