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My Relationship With Star Wars cont.

Continued from yesterday.

I sat in the darkened theater in 1999, surrounded by other Star Wars fans (and their loved ones they dragged to the opening showing), and watched my beloved sci-fi/fantasy universe crumble. In a word, this latest movie, The Phantom Menace, the first prequel to the original story, absolutely SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKED.

At the end of the movie, I sat there among a few hundred folks, and thought, Oh my God. That was awful.

But a woman in the seat right in front of me exclaimed in happiness, “It was just like the first movies!” This exactly opposite reaction from someone threw me off a few moments. How could anyone like that crap? How could they liken it to the first movies?

I went back and watched the movie again a week later, in hopes that maybe I just missed things, or wasn’t in the right frame of mind the first time I saw it. Nope. It still SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKED.

I’ve seen bits and pieces of it again since the theatrical release (I’ve not rented it or in any way paid money or wasted otherwise useful time on it) and I still totally hate the movie. I went to see the prequel-sequel movies Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005) totally out of a sense of completion rather than out of a desire to see the rest of the story. The story didn’t get any better. George Lucas can’t and shouldn’t be allowed to write a script. He’s got great ideas for a story, but his scripting is atrocious.

By this time in my life, I had two children – sons whom I expect to grow up into fine geeks like myself. My 8 year old is currently all into Star Wars, but unfortunately for me, the Star Wars story has progressed further than I’m up on, and in directions I’m no longer interested in following.

The story for Star Wars has gotten so damnably complicated with the prequel trilogy and the Clone Wars storyline. Good guys are bad guys (Rebel Alliance – Separatists), bad guys are good guys (stormtroopers – clone troopers), plots are backwards (Darth Vader returns to being Anakin Skywalker – Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader), and the story is riddled with plot holes and canon inconsistency. George Lucas has thoroughly muddied up the Star Wars saga between the generations.

Right now, for my sons, the story of Star Wars comes from The Clone Wars. The characters and plots they know come from that one animated movie, which is based on and takes place between Episodes II and III. It’s very strange to say this, but this mixing up of the saga story has really put a generational gap in the series.

I’ve learned most of the names and characters and technology and mythology of the latest incarnations of the Star Wars tale, but they aren’t mine. Contemporary Star Wars is not my Nostalgic Star Wars. There is a strong boundary between the SW I grew up loving and playing and the version my kids are growing up loving and playing. To make it even odder, I have a great repulsion for the most recent SW compared to the great reverence for the old SW.

So, I guess my relationship with Star Wars can be summed up as “love/hate.” But I had to write all the above and previous before I could actually come to see this as it is.


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2 Responses to My Relationship With Star Wars cont.

  1. Grant Niemeyer says:

    First things first love the blog. Good to see us GOBs have them too. found the link on PVP comic site. I would have to agree with you on Star Wars I was born in 1977 so did get to see the original in on the big screen and barely miss ESB since my brothers where late getting the movie house. But did see RotJ in its original form opening night being blowen away can not discribe it. Fanatic yeah i instantly became one. when they did the remakes my buddy and me took off school/work camped out early each morning for tickets. Still tooks me that he didn’t put in the biggs/Luke tattoonie sceen but it was nice to see a touch up of the films. We even camped out full day ahead and where 13 & 14 in line for PM. Like you I nearly hate it still can’t really bring myself to fully ignore it but somthing isn’t right with it bad actors, dialog, over use of computer, and screwing with storyline take your pick. All of it just torks me. Although they do get better as the series moves forward just not enough though to bring back that WOW feeling from the frist time. Possible it could be the Matrix syndrome where the first one blows you away so much that you get that WOW feeling the next sequels are good but just more of the same no WOW.

    Anyhow babled enough, Love the blog and will be an every day reader.
    Grant Niemeyer
    aka ronnock the riding slayer

  2. Mnkyking says:

    Speaking as someone who was just barely old enough to have seen all 3 of the original films in the theater (born in 1973, and I had a wonderfully accomodating Mom who took me to the first one as a little fella), I must say I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment. I went to see the Phantom Menace twice in theaters (paid visits) and then saw several pieces of it for free later, as I worked in a theater at the time, and I have to say that it was pretty much the death knell for my respect for George Lucas. I think that growing older, having children, and bowing to pressures of the marketplace have completely and totally violated my childhood memories.

    I, too, subsequently watched the other two “prequels” and was horrified to see the main elements of plot in the original films discarded or revised to fit a totally different philosophical viewpoint. And where the originals may have been influenced by adventure serials, the new films seem to have taken horrible dialogue and wooden and/or overly melodramatic acting directly from them. It’s like the difference between a gourmet steak grilled to perfection and seasoned perfectly and a cheap fried hamburger made from c-grade meat.

    My children will watch the films in order, beginning with the non-director’s revision versions of the originals. That way, they can see the steady and rapid deline of a once-great director for themselves.


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