After watching Barbarella on Saturday and Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones last night I'm intrigued to note a parallel in the most fantastic of each films premises; the politics.
The Galactic Republic (Star Wars) has no standing army, but relies on the Jedi to keep the peace (with, it appears, the co-operation of local security forces; the Jedi's skills and leadership act as a force-multiplier).
The President of Earth and rotating Premier of the Sun System (Barbarella) has no armies or police and can't spare the Presidential Band, so send Barbarella, a triple-A star navigatrix.
These are both Western and, more generally, Adventure storylines - lone gunslinger has to pacify the town as there's no-one within a hundred miles to back them up - in one case filtered through George Lucas' superior imagination, and in the other, through a french comic book.
(George Lucas wouldn't make Barbarella, and, even if he did, it would probably be terrible. But if it did work...)
 That the most fantastic thing in each film is the politics is already a paralell. Good lord, they're practically the same film!
 Considering the seriousness of the situation, perhaps he should have tried doing without the band for a few days, but that's just my opinion.