Turns out I’m nowhere near the first person to have this idea:
Mufasa = Darth Vader as a positive father figure = If King Hamlet had lived, he’d have gone bad (W00t!)
In other news, another review is coming soon. I promise! In the meantime, check out The Artifice, a new-ish online communications journal that’s amassed a ton of compelling stuff. I’ve already read articles about Nickelodeon’s new retro programming block, Superman as a Christ figure (a claim I’ve always been skeptical of, but which is well-presented in the linked article), and the enduring awesomeness of text adventure videogames. I’ve got another waiting on the persistence of Lovecraft in pop media! Woo!