I love this series of articles from TheDissolve about my favourite kind of movie – Science Fiction. Only in Science Fiction (and children’s literature) can you deal with saving the world.
In this instalment they look at the time around the release of the first Star Wars and how other films – more entrenched in SF history – were in the works. Films like Superman, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Flash Gordon all took a look backwards. So did Star Wars of course, but in a more veiled manner.
Anyway, the guys at The Dissolve will say it better (and longer) than I ever could.