Pull up a chair for another fandom pet peeve: “Star Wars Trilogy.”
If this was 1998, I wouldn’t object because there were at the time three completed Star Wars films in existence.
But it’s 20-freakin’-12. There are six, count ‘em, SIX Star Wars films, plus one Clone Wars feature-length pilot. The term “Star Wars trilogy” became irrelevant as of May 19, 1999. Now, many people at least acknowledge the existence of all of the films even as they make distinctions between the “original trilogy” or “classic trilogy” and the “prequel trilogy.” Those distinctions are imperfect and even though I run this site, I’d be very happy the day those distinctions break down and the saga is accepted as a whole.
Anyone using “Star Wars Trilogy” now is either an ignoramus or is flat out refusing to even acknowledge Episodes I-III exist. It’s more than saying, “I didn’t like the prequels.” It’s a boycott against reality. When Mondo did those posters a while back, I didn’t buy any of them. Not only was it because they just did posters for Eps IV-VI and blew off the rest of the series, but they billed it as posters from the “Star Wars Trilogy.” I’m sure Mondo didn’t spend the past 14 years in a cave in Tora Bora, so there’s no other explanation other than they are a bunch of prequel haters who won’t even acknowledge Eps I-III as part of the saga. It’s an insult to saga fans and to George Lucas.
Which gets to my next point…yesterday I saw a Tweet from the official Star Wars Twitter account about some GIFs based on Eps IV-VI:
“A #StarWars Trilogy gif? Can’t. Stop. Watching.”
Now if there’s anyone (anything?) that should NOT be using “Star Wars Trilogy” anymore it’s anything official out of Lucasfilm. Hello, THEY should know it’s a long-since outdated term. Just say “Star Wars gif” or “OT gif” and we’ll get the message
to skip the link. But it once again emphasizes that despite whatever they tell us, they don’t treat the movies equally.