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The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 197: ‘Star Wars: A New Hope, Part 2’

The Arkham Sessions, hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a weekly podcast dedicated to the psychological analysis of pop culture, including Batman: The Animated Series, Steven Universe, the MCU, Star Wars, and Doom Patrol. Nostalgic, humorous, and even a little educational, each episode promises to lend some insight into the heroes, villains, and classic stories of the Dark Knight and more!

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 197 – Star Wars: A New Hope, Part 2

Continuing their deep-dive analysis of the original Star Wars (1977) film, Dr. Drea and Brian weigh in on the utility of the “Hero’s Journey” literary paradigm as it relates to whimsical space fantasy.

In several ways, Star Wars exemplifies the monomyth known as “the Hero’s Journey” especially in terms of archetypes, phases, character transitions, and symbolic elements fundamental to the framework. These insights can cross over meaningfully into our own self-searching and psychological development. Yet, it is asked: How might Star Wars actually subvert or challenge the Hero’s Journey schema? And what other psychological models might offer better solutions to deepen our understanding of this formative series? Tune in to the personal and reflective review of Star Wars part 2!



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