Angelenos are far from anti-intellectual. Are you kidding me? We have all that time trapped in a car with each other to philosophize. To wit–
The Unreliable Narrator: Daddy, how did Star Wars get to be bad?
HB: You mean Darth Vader? Well, he started out good, and then turned bad.
The UN: What turned him bad?
HB: He started listening to bad people. And fighting good people. And he fell into a volcano. (beat) And he didn’t listen to his mommy and daddy.
The UN: Why does he wear that black mask?
HB: Well when he fell into the volcano, he got burned. And afterwards he needed to hold his face together so he wore a mask.
The UN: Did he use guns?
HB: No, swords made out of lasers called lightsabers.
The UN: Light savers?
HB: Light sabers.
The UN: Did he kill people?
HB: Yes, he did. He was very bad. He didn’t listen to his mommy and daddy, so the lesson is that you should always listen to your parents.
The UN: Daddy, you can design the costumes for my Cirque du Soleil show. And mommy can sing.
The UN: I want a purple costume with rainbows on it.