A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away….
Neal Stephenson: Who would win in a fight: Raven or Anakin Skywalker?
Sci-Fi aficionado Jake “Kar-El” Karlsruher: Let me first say that a fight of this epic-nitude could tear a hole in the Universe….or the Metaverse…or the Galactic Republic.
God: I’ll allow it.
Jake: Good. Then let me tackle the question, Neal. Now I have to ask, which Anakin?
Neal: Well phrased. Let’s use yellow-eyed, slay-all-the-younglings Anakin.
Jake: Fair. Well, Anakin’s got the whole Midichlorian thing going for him. Allow me to level the playing field. We’ll set the battle in the Mustafar Region, in a scene similar to that of the closing duel in Revenge of the Sith.
George Lucas: Granted.
Jake: That way, Raven can get his surf on and Anakin can demonstrate both poor gymnastics and bad acting (“Don’t try it Anakin, I have the higher ground!” “You underestimate my power”)
Neal: Mr. Kar-El, please stop free-associating and stay on topic: the fight, sir.
Jake: I apologize, I digress. But, before we get to the fight, we need to examine each character’s motivation; a fighter is only as strong as his desire to win. Both Raven and Anakin are filled with passion. Raven hates America, and wishes beyond all else to see its destruction. Unfortunately for him we are in the Mustafar Region, not America. However, he also feels a strong loyalty to his cause, the one that saved him from his troubled ways. Skywalker, on the other hand, feels no special allegiance. Throughout all of the new movies, Anakin is generally confused about his purpose (or maybe that’s just Haden Christiansen).
Haden Christiansen: Heard that.
George Lucas: Can’t argue with facts, Haden.
Jake: If I may continue, George *he sulks*, I was going to get to the fight. Raven will quickly find that his glass knives are useless; they will melt from the heat of the lava. Limited to only his spears, Raven quickly loses any advantage he held. I’m going to give the edge to the guy that can move stuff with his mind. After a couple triple back flips and poor dialogue, I see Anakin lopping Raven’s head off… and then the nuke goes off.
Neal: Uh-Oh, probably should have seen that coming
George Lucas: F#@!
God: Wow, I am so flooding you guys.