Retrozap’s “The Prequel Villains Examined”

Michael O’Connor’s “Power to the Prequels” series looks next at its villains:

Outside of those two characters, it’s possible Lucas feels uncomfortable with how villainy is glorified in most franchise films, including his earlier efforts. Consider the original films and how the majority of fan costuming groups adopted the Empire’s fashion. Those films made dressing up like space Nazis the cool thing to do, and it makes perfect sense when you compare the glamour and polish of the Empire with the raggedy hippies of the Rebellion. The Imperials dress better, design starships that are simultaneously sleeker and more intimidating, and construct massive and awe-inspiring bases. Of course, they’re also unrepentantly evil.

But in the prequels, you’ll notice that Lucas sheds some unflattering shade on prequel villains. With the exception of Maul, the prequel villains are a far more sordid, repulsive lot than their OT progenitors. The prequel good guys have all the coolest starships and costumes. Compare the Trade Federation fighters with the Naboo starfighter for instance. Or the Separatist tanks with the Republic gunship prominently featured in Attack of the Clones. And who wants to look like the coughing, gangly General Grievous or the frog faced Nute Gunray when you could be the dashing Obi-Wan, the fashionable Queen Amdiala, the stoic Mace Windu, or the idiosyncratic gnome Yoda?

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2 Responses to “Retrozap’s “The Prequel Villains Examined””

  1. Spino Says:

    Even though they’re programmed to fight for the villains, I think the droid army is absolutely adorable, Especially Droidekas. I’ve always imagined them being great friends/home security systems.

  2. lovelucas Says:

    He’s so right about Maul. He was successful with the fans BECAUSE he wasn’t around much. They can complain and gripe but it’s this dude with “no personality” but no compassion, either who makes a one film appearance prove that absence makes the fanboy palpitate ….I love encountering Palps in the first syllable. Also agree with his assessment of true evil: slaughtering of the younglings and that’s really why George had to go there – Anakin’s arc – beginning as innocent as those younglings, yet with the manipulation by Palps, he kills those younglings and abuses Padmé to the extent it may have caused her death (along with that broken heart he also caused). Again…George provides the cautionary tale of what can happen.

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