Is there anything about I-III (or even IV-VI) that needed to grow on you? I know my journey as a fan involved a lot of epiphanies about what was really going on, and parts that I used to not care for are now some of my favorites. Any moments like that for you?
The first time I saw TPM, it took about a half hour for me to really get into the film because it struck me as so different from the other films.
This is kind of an open two-parter, a bit out of left field and perhaps a bit less relevant then previous questions, but…If you (somehow) found yourself in the Star Wars galaxy, say shortly before the events of Episode I, where would you most want to go, and what would you do when you got there? Are there any famous residents of that galaxy far, far away you’d want to meet (and possibly give a few pointers)?
I’d like to visit Naboo or Coruscant. If I had to meet anyone pre-TPM though, it would be Shmi and Anakin. I’d give them a bus ticket off of Tatooine and instruct them not to speak to any Jedi or Sith.
The second part is more of a serious question. One of the criticisms of the PT I could never understand was that they had “unrelatable” and unsympathetic characters. I love the 6 films and the storyline they weave, but (in an in-universe context), I often long for the Jedi Order and the Old Republic to endure despite already knowing they’re doomed. When you rewatch the films, are there moments when you long for a different outcome (even though you know how every scene turns out)?
Yes! Including but not limited to Qui-Gon getting killed, Anakin running off to rescue Shmi and take out the Sand People, and Anakin deciding to go to Palpatine’s office to stop Mace Windu and his posse.
What do you think about the evolution of the hateboy problem on the jedi council forms over on theforce.net?
I think it’s unfortunate but what can you do? The JC can do what it pleases. We just have to make nice places like this for ourselves.
From Daniel Xie:
Do you think that a lot of websites have given special privilage to hateboys to compare the PT to other movies (often unfavorably). A lot of people call the Prequels Michael Bay-level crap. however when I pointed out how stuff like Twilight may be worse, I’m not allowed to compare the prequels to Twilight or 50 shades of Grey. So they can say that prequels are just as bad as movie x but why can’t I ay movie X is worse than the PT?
The excuse I see all of the time is that more is expected from Star Wars than from say, “Twilight” or the oeuvre of Michael Bay. Though to be honest, I think “Twilight” is bashed a lot more often than the prequels.
Also is it likely the reason that hateboys claim that GL dosen’t own Star Wars is because of the EU?
No. They think Star Wars belongs to them because they are fans. They spend time obsessing over the movies so they start to believe they know Star Wars better than even Lucas does and therefore, they have a better idea of what’s best for Star Wars.
1. Do you believe the broadly good reputation which TCW currently has will last?
Yes. Especially since it was cut down in its prime. “Rebels” has to live up to what CW became and that bar is pretty high.
2. How well regarded do you honestly think TPM, AOTC and ROTS will be in future decades?
That I don’t know. At times I’m optimistic, at times I’m pessimistic.
3. Beyond the crude “Jar Jar Binks in carbonite” sort, what things could Episode VII and the Sequel Trilogy do story- or design-wise that you would perceive as a jab at the PT?
If they were to retcon any important point in the PT, like denying Anakin was the the Chosen One or to undermine his role as the Chosen One by saying he didn’t really bring balance to the Force or anything.
I’d also say completely ignoring the movies in this trilogy would be a jab by omission. I’d consider it a huge missed opportunity if for instance, Luke and Leia, or their descendants, never connect with their maternal roots. Luke and Leia feasibly had a living aunt and cousins by the fall of the Empire.
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