So now I can't look at the construction without seeing the (second) Death Star. So I posted this image on my Facebook/Twitter feed and then Michael asked whether bicycling around the city was Endor and now I'm wondering how far the metaphor can go!
Vikings Stadium = Death Star
Giant horrifying thing slowly being built.
Somehow in charge. Eyes reveal complete cluelessness. It's obviously a trap.
The Deflector Shield = Stadium Glass
The way that that the rebel fighters bounce of the Death Star's (cloaked) shield is exactly how migrating warblers bounce off the bird-killing stadium glass.
The Emperor = Zygi Wilf
Brains behind the scenes. Fond of maniacal laughter. Entirely evil.
Darth Vader = Lester Bagley
Mind control tricks. Threats to politicians. Menacingly touching tables. Almost entirely evil.
The Death Star Super-Laser = Brain Injuries
Instead of going around blowing up innocent planets, the Vikings Stadium goes around destroying people's brains.
Han Solo and Princess Leia = The Audubon Society
Both trying to destroy the shield. Facing daunting odds.
Luke Skywalker = Ed Kohler on Twitter
Deploying massive (Jedi) skills to constantly fight off an endless supply of uniformed morons. Fondness for mind tricks.
Ewoks = The People of Minneapolis
Both powerless, adorable, massively outgunned, like to shake things in the air.
Endor Speeders = Biking in Minneapolis
Because it's the most fun you'll have in the movie or the city.
Jabba the Hut = Joe Soucheray
Both repulsive and horrible. Like to keep women in chains. In charge of some sort of strange cult-like society in the middle of nowhere (Tatooine or Saint Paul).
In the movie, the people blow up the Death Star and celebrate around a campfire in the primeval woods while fireworks go off in the sky. In the real world, the Empire wins.
My friend Nate asked me, "Which Star Wars character would RT Rybak be?" The answer is obvious.
Lando Calrissian = RT Rybak
Smooth talker in charge of a city. Sense of style. Likes himself a bit too much. Sells everyone out, and then pretends he didn't.