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The Star Wars Trilogy by George LucasWARNING: 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.
Star Wars: A New Hope
What order should you watch all the Star Wars films?
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.
The Star Wars Trilogy , often colloquially referred to as the original trilogy or the classic trilogy , is the first set of three films produced in the Star Wars franchise, an American space opera created by George Lucas. The films center on the Galactic Civil War of the Rebel Alliance trying to free the galaxy from the clutches of the evil Empire , as well as the archetypical hero's journey of Luke Skywalker in his quest to become a Jedi and face Sith Lord Darth Vader. Beginning in medias res , the original trilogy serves as the second act of the nine-episode Skywalker saga. It was followed by a prequel trilogy between and , and a sequel trilogy between and Collectively, they have been referred to as the "Skywalker saga" to distinguish them from spin-off films set within the same universe. In , Lucas wanted to film an adaptation of the Flash Gordon serial , but could not obtain the rights. He began developing his own story inspired by the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
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The main protagonist is Luke Skywalker, and the trilogy follows his journey from being a simple farmboy to becoming a Jedi Knight, helping to defeat the Galactic Empire, and redeeming Darth Vader—his father. The trilogy is held in high regard by both Star Wars fans and the public, and it is considered one of the best film stories of all time. In , George Lucas released a special edition of the trilogy on film and home video, and he made some changes that fans consider controversial. A DVD release and a Blu Ray release, both with new changes, were released in and , respectively. It is the first film of the original trilogy and is followed by two sequels, a prequel trilogy, and a forthcoming sequel trilogy.
The o riginal trilogy , often abbreviated as OT , were the first films of the Star Wars saga to be produced. These were the movies released from to They primarily focus on a young man named Luke Skywalker. The original trilogy is sometimes called the "classic trilogy" in contrast to the prequel trilogy. The sequel trilogy takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. However, Obi-Wan dies in combat with Darth Vader. His battle with the Dark Lord ends in Luke's defeat, and he receives the horrifying revelation that Darth Vader is in fact the former Anakin Skywalker, his father.