Morgan Cherney left a link on my Facebook page to an old piece from early 2012 that somehow came up on his Tumblr. It’s called 7 Problems With The Star Wars Prequels but it’s not really what you think it is. Here a guy who clearly prefers Eps IV-VI finds out from other fans that what’s problematic for him were positive or not a problem for them.
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Adam is back writing his prequel pieces for his blog and Jedi News. This time it focuses on the controversial death of poor Padmé in ROTS:
While I doubt very much she “lost the will to live,” the ungodly amount of physical and emotional stress combined with the Force damage to her throat likely caused her body to begin shutting down from shock. Frankly, I’m amazed she held on long enough to deliver (of course, if she hadn’t, then IV-VI would never have happened). This does not undermine her importance and innate strength, but serves as just a tragic irony not only for her, but for Anakin as well. Had Anakin not been so afraid to let go, Padmé may very well have survived childbirth, the Republic would live on, and Luke and Leia would have had both their real parents when they needed them most.
Adam’s latest essay is all about everyone’s favorite goofy Gungan, Jar Jar. Read and be enlightened!
Adam has a new essay up on how Jango Fett helped him appreciate Boba Fett after years of not getting the bounty hunter’s cult status.
The second part of Adam’s essay on Palpatine’s rise to power is ready for your perusal! Go check it out!
First off is Adam’s latest column on the rise of Palpatine.
And here’s a quick read. It’s aimed at people who don’t like the prequels but you’ll enjoy it if you do love them!
Adam’s latest column focuses on one of the most exciting scenes in TPM, or heck the whole saga, the Boonta Eve podrace:
But for the first time as a Star Wars fan, I found myself drawn to the vehicle just as much as their pilots. I loved the myriad of colors and the unique affectation each driver gave to their Pod. I loved the overall shape of the machine. I loved the Power Couplings. I loved the noises they made, and no two racers sounded alike. I loved seeing them whip along the canyon passes at several hundred miles an hour.
Adam’s latest essay explores the role of the Trade Federation in the prequel trilogy. Yes they were bad guys but they were as much dupes as the good guys were during that part of the saga.
A blog called Geeks From Outer Space has a very interesting essay comparing the effectiveness of Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side in ROTJ vs. Harvey Dent’s fall in “The Dark Knight.”
I’ve written in the past about why I love the prequels and why I think other people don’t (given they were fans of Eps IV-VI). Today, I have another question. Why did I, part of the “original” generation of Star Wars fans who saw the first set of films just as they were released, not drink the haterade and embraced Eps I-III as part of the saga?
To answer that question, I have to think back on what my attitudes toward Star Wars were and how they might have shaped my perspective. Here’s what I’ve discovered:
I Had No Complaints About Eps IV-VI
As a kid, I thought everybody liked Star Wars. Knocking Star Wars was un-American as far as I was concerned. Then years later I realized there were people who didn’t like Star Wars, but I dismissed them as morons, trolls, and quite possibly baby-eating devil-worshippers.
When I started writing fan fiction and subscribing to fanzines in the early ’90s, it was great to find other people who were as die-hard about Star Wars as I was. Especially after the so-called “Dark Ages” of the mid-late 1980s. For a long time I was convinced I was the only living Star Wars fan left on Earth. On the other hand I was baffled by the attitudes of some of the fans I encountered. I never watched the Star Wars films with an eye toward criticizing them so I was surprised to find people who did, especially ROTJ. Or for that matter, Lucas himself. To me they were awesome films and that was that.
Nostalgia’s Good, Mythology’s Better
I’ve Always Trusted Lucas To Tell HIS Story And Viewed Star Wars As His Work
I Viewed Contemplation As Guesses, Not Holy Writ
I Was Cautiously Optimistic 1997-1998 & Kept Expectations In Check
I Had An Idea Of What We Were Getting
As far back as the early 1980s, Lucas described the prequel trilogy as being about castle politics, maneuvering, and betrayal. He said it wouldn’t be quite like the first set of movies, even describing them as less commercial. He reiterated that in the early ‘90s when he was just starting to think about returning to Star Wars. I don’t know how that escaped so many of these fans, or maybe I was just a crackpot who eagerly read any interview Lucas did in that era. I looked forward to it because to me that sounded interesting. Living in the shadow of Washington, D.C. in the ‘90s heightened that interest. And it’s exactly what we got.
I Gave TPM Every Chance
While there were many geeks determined to hate TPM for whatever reason, I don’t doubt many others wanted to love it and were horribly disappointed when they didn’t. What did they want? They wanted to be blown out of their chairs. They wanted to weep tears of ecstasy. They wanted the greatest cinematic experience ever, something to rival their first memories of seeing ANH if not surpass it. After all that’s what Star Wars is supposed to do, right? Others not quite so hardcore demanded a movie that justified the hype. When they didn’t experience those overwhelming feelings of explosive love and joy, they blamed the film—and of course Lucas—for not delivering.
The only thing is sometimes when you first hear a new album by your favorite band, it doesn’t grab you. You don’t think it’s as good as previous efforts. You might even think it’s bad. But then if you hear it some more times, the tunes start to grow on you. And then you start to love it. I can tell you that there are acts I love now that I didn’t like at all when I first heard them. It might take a single song or something to break through and make me go, “Hey, what was I thinking?” When I watched the pilot for “The X-Files” I thought it was boring. I might have watched an episode or two of the remaining first season, but lost interest after that. A friend called me shortly after the second season started and asked if I watched the show. When I told her I didn’t care for what I saw, she said, “You have to start watching it NOW. It’s awesome!” The following Friday night I did and I was hooked. Hey, I even stuck it out to the bitter Mulder and Scully-free end!
Watching the first few minutes of TPM for the first time was kind of unfamiliar. New characters, new settings, and while it didn’t take long to rev up the action, it didn’t have that same opening as ANH that everybody remembers. But I stuck it out to the end, trying to take in the movie as it is. I came out really interested in seeing what was going to happen next. The next time I saw it was three days later and that time, I enjoyed it even more. And then I saw it eight more times in the theater. To me it was Star Wars.