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The Star Wars Trilogy by George Lucas

WARNING: This is not a review of the books. I plan to write those separately someday. This is, rather, a review of the original Star Wars Trilogy catalyzed by the final episode of Lost. Please dont bother reading this if youre looking for a book review. Thanks.

About twenty years ago, I found myself in a debate about the merits of the Star Wars Trilogy with a guy named Bill (at least I think that was his name. Let’s call him Bill) and my friend Dave. Bill was trying to convince us that the Trilogy was garbage, and Dave and I, proud bearers of nearly matching Star Wars tattoos – his signifying his love for Luke Skywalker and mine signifying my love for Han Solo (more on the tattoo later) – were fighting to defend its excellence. We had a serious reason for our impassioned defence.

But Bill was determined to make us see the error of our ways. He attacked the series’ kindergarten plotting, its crappy dialogue, its special effects obfuscation, its dearth of character development, its terribly pacing, and its general glorification of style over substance. He made a number of valid points, and I was willing to listen (much more willing than Dave who has always had far too much emotion invested in the series to have its greatness assailed) until Bill engaged in this fatal rhetorical device: “It’s because you’re young guys. You watched this when you were kids and you’re nostalgic. Some day you’ll grow up and see that you’re wrong.”

The willingness to listen shut right down, and I carried on debating with a particular focus on character development. Back then there was no Special Edition (and no Prequel to make my defence impossible). Han Solo hadn’t lost the beginning of his arc. He had killed Greedo in cold blood. There was no first shot/self-defence reimagining of the scene from Lucas. So Han Solo showed a clear development from criminal drug smuggler to uncomfortable rebel to passionate lover to loyal friend to self-sacrificing hero. That’s some pretty fair character growth, and even Bill had to concede my point, admitting that he’d missed some of those subtleties, mostly because he’d only seen each movie once, but he stood by his assessment of the Trilogy; it was crap and one good character arc wasn’t going to change that.

The years passed and that debate with Bill became a file locked in my personal databanks. I never had any reason to reopen it. The Special Editions came along and I hated them. It didn’t matter, though, because I still had copies of the original movies, and I could ignore Lucas’ tampering without any difficulty. Then the Prequels came along and I hated them more. But I still had my perceived greatness of the Trilogy to fall back on, so I could simply shake my head at Prequel fans and enjoy my love of the originals.

Then I watched the final episode of Lost, and suddenly my Bill file downloaded into my consciousness. And you know what? He was right. My love for the Star Wars Trilogy was nostalgia.

What I saw in the final episode of Lost was what I should have seen all those years ago in the Trilogy. I saw a show that flattered us to deceive. I saw a series that aspired to be about “characters” but was so about plot (and though its plot was convoluted it wasn’t particularly deep) that the supposedly complex characters boiled down to pretty straightforward redemption stereotypes. I saw production value obfuscation with wide vistas, globe-trotting adventures, blazing guns, smoke monsters and pseudo-spiritual claptrap hiding a deeply banal Daddy-Son reconciliation tale. I saw a pop-culture event that destroyed whatever substance it had with a pandering finale. Is it any surprise that Lost was littered with references to Star Wars or that David Lindeloff grew up loving George Lucas’ mess as much as the rest of us? Seems fitting to me.

So what’s the point of all this? Well...Lost made me see that Bill had it right about me and Star Wars all those years ago. Lost is crap, and so was Star Wars. I was a boy who fell in love with vapid screen candy and my defence of Lucas’ uber-popular mess was and is all about nostalgia.

But I’ll not be defending the series any longer (okay...I may still defend Empire Strikes Back, which is an excellent film. Thanks, Irving Kirshner, for being a real director). Beyond its lack of artistic merit and Lucas’ disregard for the simplest rules of continuity, I have seen little boys indoctrinated into violence simply by watching Jedis train. I’ve seen Star Wars entrench an overly simplistic view of good and evil in our society, which is dangerous in the extreme. And I’ve watched the entire series change the face of film in the most unhealthy ways.

I know this is heresy. I know there’s going to be many of you out there, kind readers, who will disagree and that’s okay. I am finally at peace with my feelings about the Trilogy, and I feel great relief being able to say that the Trilogy is a big steaming pile of Bantha droppings.

And for those of you who are pitying me and my tattoo, don’t worry. The tattoo was always more about Harrison Ford than Han Solo. I can live with the ink in my skin despite my new found disdain for Star Wars.

p.s. Can I just add that I feel terribly sad about having lost these movies? There, I said it. Thank the gods I still have Indiana Jones.
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But, its direct sequel — The Rise of Skywalker — could and should be at least a half an hour longer. The scope of concluding the entire episodic Star Wars saga is just way too big to wrap up in roughly two hours and change. The point is, Abrams and everyone else involved in making Rise of Skywalker know that a lot is riding on this movie; not from a money perspective, but from a covering-all-the-Rebel-bases perspective. No one is worried about The Rise of Skywalker becoming a box office kerfuffle like Solo was in This movie is going to make money and be really, really important for a lot of people. The real concern with this one is more of a deep-time zeitgeist thing. Will it somehow subsume all of Star Wars as a period on the end of a sentence?

It is the first installment of the original Star Wars trilogy , and was retroactively made the fourth episode in the nine-part ' Skywalker saga ' albeit being the first released. Lucas had the idea for a science-fiction film in the vein of Flash Gordon around the time he completed his first film, THX , and began working on a treatment after the release of American Graffiti The heroes, in league with the Rebel Alliance , attempt to destroy the Empire's planet-destroying space station, the Death Star. Star Wars was released in a limited number of theaters in the United States on May 25, , and quickly became a blockbuster hit, leading to it being expanded to a much wider release. The film opened to a positive response from critics, most notably for its groundbreaking visual effects.

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Star Wars is an American epic space-opera media franchise created by George Lucas. The franchise began with the eponymous film and quickly became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon. The film series was expanded into other media , including television series , video games , novels , comic books , theme park attractions and themed areas , resulting in an all-encompassing fictional universe. In , Lucas sold his company to Disney , and in , most existing spin-off media was made non-canon and rebranded as " Star Wars Legends ". The episodic ' Skywalker saga ' and the TV series The Clone Wars — define the canon, along with most other works released after April , though a few Legends -universe media are still released, and some Legends characters are sometimes re-introduced into the canon, for example the titular character from Timothy Zahn 's Thrawn trilogy of novels.

Best bounty hunter? Does Salacious Crumb have the best haircut in the saga? In that spirit, StarWars. Look, I know you have an opinion on this topic. There were disagreements back when things were simpler and we only had six films to organize.

With the three Star Wars trilogies finally coming to an end later this year, there's no better time to rewatch the series and introduce it to your kids. There are three traditional ways to revisit the saga. You can watch by theatrical release or in chronological order. There are pros and cons to all these orders. While the chronological order might be the obvious choice, some could argue it's not as enjoyable, simply because you start off with The Phantom Menace, which is probably our least favourite film of the bunch. Watching chronologically also spoils the biggest twist in the series by prematurely revealing the identity of Luke's father, an iconic Star Wars moment.

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