While some days are better than others, looking at the Advent season through the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar has been fun. I’ve appreciated the suggestions for next year. We will see if there is a repeat. Thanks for reading.
Today we have the Soulless One, or General Grievous’ Starfighter.
General Grievous was a character that I felt was created by George Lucas (or whoever) to be a “cool character” in the mold of Boba Fett or Darth Maul. Instead, he comes off as a joke. He is forced into the narrative in Revenge of the Sith. Allegedly, he is supposed to foreshadow Darth Vader, but I never sensed that when watching the movie. I was always wondering where this character came from, why is he so adept fighting the Jedi, and why is his voice so ridiculous?
A soulless character.
His starfighter was a look into the future with spacecraft, so thought Grievous. It was fast, could traverse the galaxy, was resistant to most weapons, and had lots of weapons at its disposal.
Anyway, Grievous was defeated by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith.*
*Obi-Wan showed promise, but at various points he was also shown to be a bit inept as a Jedi. This was true in Attack of the Clones. However, in Revenge of the Sith he was the best Jedi…when the story called for it.
What do I think of with the General Grievous Starfighter, especially when also factoring in General Grievous? Rome.
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
—Luke 2:1-2 (ESV)
Rome was the epitome of the world, at the time of the Nativity. The Jews were subject to Rome at this time. The way Rome was run, perceived of by others, its military might, Rome was considered a precursor of the future. During its height, I don’t think anyone thought Rome would fall.
Yet, Rome did fall. General Grievous was suppose to be this unstoppable cyborg warrior, who killed more Jedi than almost anyone else, and yet he was felled by Obi-Wan.
Rome, like many powerful nations, would be felled. Throughout history, people have put their faith in nations and empires. Their faith has returned void because all nations are undone by their people. Until Jesus returns, no nation will last. We are undone, unless we have Jesus.