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The cited definition of space opera in the current article seems rather far-fetched to me: "Star Wars mainly belongs to the space opera subgenre of science fiction that was inspired by works such as Beowulf and King Arthur, and the origins of other mythology and world religions as well as ancient and medieval history."
The definition of the genre cited in its article is simply "colorful, dramatic, large-scale science fiction adventure, competently and sometimes beautifully written, usually focused on a sympathetic, heroic central character and plot action, and usually set in the relatively distant future, and in space or on other worlds, characteristically optimistic in tone. It often deals with war, piracy, military virtues, and very large-scale action, large stakes."
Where do Arthurian fiction, chivalric romance, and epic poetry even fit as literary antecedents for the genre? They too deal with war and heroic characters. But they tend to take place in the past (real or imagined) and are often far from optimistic in tone. The Epic of Gilgamesh features a failed quest for immortality, The Iliad mostly deals with death in the battlefield, the Odyssey features Odysseus losing all his comrades and wealth before returning to Homer's Ithaca and then turns into a revenge tale (and a rather gory one at that), Beowulf ends with the death and funeral pyre of the title character, Le Morte d'Arthur covers the deaths of Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot, etc. Dimadick (talk) 09:10, 18 September 2016 (UTC)
Additionally, the cited documentary does not make the claim calling SW "mainly" belongs to the space opera genre. I'm fairly certain it doesn't even use the phrase "space opera," but I'd have to triple-check. --EEMIV (talk) 12:18, 18 September 2016 (UTC)