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Star Wars: Babe Free Zone
October 9, 2014 By ??? ???
Did George Lucas create a babe-less universe?
Is it me or is there a dearth of attractive women in the first six Star Wars movies?
Apart from Princess Leia’s bikini scene (and this is tempered by her sitting in front of a giant slug) and the odd coquettish smile from Princess Amidala, I can’t remember getting hot under the collar in any of the films.
That’s over ten hours of screen time with hardly a glimpse of a shapely ankle, let alone a heaving bosom. Think of other sci-fi films and TV shows over the same period. They were all replete with examples of the female form in it’s many wondrous incarnations;
Think of Vicki Vale and Alicia Hunt in Batman
Think of Dale Arden and Princess Aura in Flash Gordon
or Nyota Uhura and LT Ilia in Star Trek the Motion Picture
or Rachel, Pris and Zhora in Bladerunner
or Lori Quaid, Tiffany and Melina in Total Recall
and on TV;
How about; Wilma Deering and Princess Ardella in Buck Rogers
or Dr. Crusher, Deanna Troy and Tasha Yar from Star Trek the Next Generation
or Buffy, Willow and Cordelia in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
And don’t even get me started on Blakes Seven.
With Servalan, Cally, Soolin, Tenna and Dayna, the UK sci-fi series had more glamour in one episode than in all the Star Wars movies put together.
And before I get a call from M calling me a ‘sexist misogymist dinosaur’, I’d like to point out that all the women mentioned in dispatches above, as well as being hot, were smart, tough, formidable, capable and independent.
Now that George Lucas has been devoured by the mouse, my expectations aren’t high that this trend will be reversed in the final trilogy of films. With notable exceptions, Disney isn’t famous for celebrating the female form and when I met Carrie Fisher last month she confirmed that the old bikini would not be doing out of the mothballs.
I know our female editor , after reading this will give me the old speech about a man my age still appreciating the fairer sex but as I’ve told her many times before,
I’m old, I’m not dead!
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