It’s Time To Think Of Ourselves As Cool

For too long, those of us who appreciate the Prequel trilogy (or at least open about it) have been on the defensive, feeling like we’re marginalized because we love something others don’t seem to understand. People who believe they’re the arbiters of geek culture have tried to give us an inferiority complex by bashing the films and its stars at every opportunity. When they’re not busy bashing “Twilight” or something anyway.

On my LiveJournal, I’ve noted that some stores have retro SW t-shirts as part of their fall offerings (I guess retro/nostalgia is in). The shirts are cool enough…I bought two at Old Navy…but I thought there’s one way we, as Prequel fans can fool good about themselves. Anybody can pose being a SW fan, at least in regard to the first three flicks. But wearing a clonetrooper or Darth Maul t-shirt, heck even a Jar Jar one, tells the world you’re the real deal. You know the Saga inside and out and have a deeper appreciation for it than just the surface stuff anybody can fake. You’re like the person who has all of the iTunes Deep Cuts tracks on your iPod already.

It also shows you can make up your own mind and you don’t need the poseurs at i09 or whatever to tell you what to think. The people who post comments on these sites are such sheep and tools it’s not even funny. There’s rarely an original thought among them. They just go along with what everyone else thinks.

Well, not us. Back in the late ’80s, a few of us diehards still stuck with SW even though it seemed as though at times the world had moved on from it. Within 10 years, the world caught up with us. So we’re on the real cutting edge now. See when the world catches up again.

5 Responses to “It’s Time To Think Of Ourselves As Cool”

  1. oxward321 Says:

    WELL SAID! I couldn’t agree more. I applaud. Incidentally, I almost always wear a PT t-shirt.

  2. TPF1138 Says:

    The Only Star Wars T-Shirt I own (I tend generally, to wear plain shirts) is one with the Revenge of the Sith logo on it.

    I’ve always proclaim my love of the PT.

    I’m past being defensive though. It doesn’t need defending, it needs celebrating.

    There’s a new generation moving toward maturity. Another 5 or 6 years… we’ll see the true fate of the Star Wars saga.

  3. oxward321 Says:

    “It doesn’t need defending, it needs celebrating.”

    I’ll drink too that!

  4. obiwanlookalike Says:

    yes! i was recently digging through archived posts at theforce.net from the months surrounding the releases of the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, and it was interesting to see that even then, amidst the so-called “media backlash,” there was so much positive feedback that gets completely ignored.

    those who were on staff for the site back in 1999, were giving Episode I glowing reviews, talking about how much they really loved seeing a new Star Wars, and appreciated the film despite the inherent perceived flaws. and then when Episode II came along, so many posts were about how it got so many things right and was getting a lot of people excited about Star Wars again.

    hopefully we can rally that spirit in the years to come, as the dust continues to settle and more and more viewers get to experience these films in the context they were meant to: stripped of the insanely over-inflated hype, distanced from media criticism, and within the scope the complete saga as a whole. may the force be with us all.

    p.s. those looking for some sweet prequel-themed merch should check zazzle.com’s selection of star wars prints…lots of screen caps, vintage looking logos and other cool stuff.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      I’ve bought a few things from Zazzle ;).

      I also remember there were a lot of raves right when these movies first came out before the backlash would start, then all of the raves would be forgotten.

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