Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Eric = Anakin

Warning: this will only make sense if you are familiar with the current season of Gossip Girl and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Alright... so I was watching Gossip Girl last night and Eric made a comment about how Jenny is turning into Darth Vader because she is now a power-hungry, tyrant with no regard for her former friends and family. This immediately caught my attention because I am a pretty big Star Wars fan (I'm not one of those obsessive people, but I've seen all of the original movies several times, and I've seen most of the prequels at least twice). However, at the end of the episode, Eric's boyfriend realizes that, in an effort to save Jenny from her destructive path, Eric has reduced himself to her level of backstabbing and petty conniving. Realizing that Eric has undergone a fundamental change in his nature, Eric's boyfriend proceed to dump him... but that's beside the point.

If you think about Revenge of the Sith, Anakin changes in a similar way. Whereas he is initially optimistic and enthusiastic about the Jedi teachings of honor, respect and the rejection of anger, he begins to change when he realizes that these methods don't always yield the intended results. In Revenge of the Sith, Anakin has a vision that his wife will die in childbirth (He's not even supposed to have a wife... Jedi are too busy defending the galaxy and stuff to have time for serious relationships). After realizing that he cannot prevent this occurrence through traditional Jedi means, he turns to Senator Palpatine (A.K.A. the Darth Sidious) for help.

Sooo... what's the connection? Like Anakin, Eric is frustrated with his lack of results when he tries to save Jenny by conventional means. Because of this, he uses lies and the help of Blair (A.K.A. the Queen Bee of Manhattan... even though she's not as pretty as Serena) to supplant the former hierarchy with a new one where Jenny is not the ruler. Also, I think Eric looks a little bit like Anakin... no?

In conclusion, Eric is pretty much like Anakin Skywalker circa Episode III (probably like halfway through the movie... not at the end where he gets his legs chopped off). Hopefully, Eric will be able to see the error in his ways before it's too late... but if not, the trust fund teens and socialites better lock their doors at night because there's a new Sith Lord roaming the Upper East Side!

change while you still can, Eric

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