It’s Time For Another Ask SWPAS!

I haven’t done one in a long time so I guess it’s long overdue.  Ask away in the comments and I’ll give you my spit take!

(I’m busy writing stuff for another site as well as content for this site…)

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22 Responses to “It’s Time For Another Ask SWPAS!”

  1. Spino Says:

    Do you think Qui-Gon helped Anakin win the podrace by using the force? When Anakin and Sebulba’s podracers are stuck together towards the end of the race, You can see Qui-Gon in a meditative state and a few seconds later, Sebulba crashes. I don’t think Lucas would’ve put that in for no reason.

    • lazypadawan Says:

      I would say, “No.” It takes away from Anakin’s accomplishment and even undermines Qui-Gon’s argument that Anakin is the Chosen One.

  2. Artiom Says:

    Hello, Lazy Padawan!
    Could you share your opinion on Rian Johnson recent comments on Twitter about prequel trilogy having utilized practical effects during its making.
    Also, don’t you think Twitter is a good way to reach those who’re in charge of making of the new movies, and thus show more support to the Prequels.
    Thank you!

    • lazypadawan Says:

      It’s a positive development Johnson is informed and isn’t interested in prequel bashing.

      Twitter is a double-edged sword. Sure, it makes all of these people accessible to fans. But it’s only 140 characters, making it hard to adequately express yourself and easy to create misunderstandings. It also depends on who you are dealing with. Some people are flat out horrible online, nasty and rude to those who aren’t slobbering with adulation (though admittedly there are many unpleasant, obnoxious, rude, aggressive fans) or question them or disagree with them in any way. Some deliver scorn and sarcasm. If you make someone with a significant following upset, you’re going to get an angry swarm of fans coming after you. People are far more likely to side with their favorite stars or those with more rank than with you, a mere fan.

      Dealing with companies is a little different. You’ll either get a response or you’ll be completely ignored.

  3. Alisha Says:

    What do you currently believe we are most likely to see from now until episode 9 comes out(about three years) in terms of prequel time period stories and types of references to the prequel time period in other era stories?

    • lazypadawan Says:

      I think you’ll see more references in the comics, novels, and t.v. cartoons like “Rebels” than in the films. As for PT era stories, maybe a comic or two but I’m not anticipating a whole lot.

  4. Edward Diego Says:

    I found SWPAS because it was mentioned in the documentary “The People VS George Lucas”. What is your opinion on that documentary?

    • lazypadawan Says:

      I’ll be honest, I have never seen it. I didn’t like the idea of sitting through a movie full of people beating up on Lucas and his movies. But hey, it brought you here so there is that.

      • Edward Diego Says:

        Well, the title of the documentary is actually misleading. The documentary is not about complaining George Lucas. IMO it’s an interesting pre-Disney state-of-the-Star-Wars-fandom overview. You should definitely give it a try.

      • Mike Jones Says:

        I’ve seen it but sorry, I don’t agree with Diego. The title is misleading but not because “The documentary is not about complaining George Lucas”; in fact; it actually is mostly that. We are led to think that the documentary is about showing both sides of the argument – the creator of the art having full rights to how he wants to do things and fan getting too cynical at times vs. how fans do have some rights to the art and ultimately the art “belonging to the fans” – but in reality, the document is more one-sided latter side of things (unfairly might I add) and essentially boils down to being a 1.5-hour long rant of complaints from a bunch of manchildren (that really represent a loud and vocal minority) who are butthurt because they didn’t get their way. Overall, I regret watching this doc as it seemed like it was a bunch of fanboys whining and really showcased the most toxic part of the fandom. Yep, it was that terrible of a documentary to me.

    • Noah Evans (The Artist) Says:

      Mike I have done my best to ignore The People Whine At George Lucas as much as I have also with The Razzies….

      Anyway Edward, just out of curiosity, what did the mocumentary say about the SWPAS?

  5. William Sheng Says:

    Are the essays from Saga Journal archived anywhere? Those were great, and I’d love to see fans discover/rediscover them. Thanks.

  6. Jelmer de Haan Says:

    Hello LazyPadawan,

    Though the constructed languages in Star Wars aren’t nearly as fleshed out as those in Tolkien’s work or as several other constructed languages, the sound design is don very well. And the fact is that they do sound very much like proper different languages, with very non-english phonetics en rhythm. (Even if a lot of the words look like slightly distorted English words).

    So I wondered wether you might have a specific favorite among the artificial languages used in Star Wars.

    I myself am very fond of Geonosian, which is of course very unique and instantly recognizable. And another favorite of mine is Gungan, which is of course English, but a very enjoyable made-up dialectal variety.

  7. Noah Evans (The Artist) Says:

    I have a few questions

    #1 When reading about Spino’s question regarding Qui-Gon helping Anakin when and how you said that would not help Gon’s argument… I thought that would be a funny conspiracy parody. Then I remembered this question I had… how to still “have fun” with something yo love when it is also sadly the subject of being “made fun of” by cruel people?

    #2 As an artist, what other art projects could be still done? (Aside from content “George Shot First”)

    And #3 Since the majority of the Star Wars films are PG (even the animated Clone Wars movie), how do you feel about #A Star Wars drifting into PG-13 primly and #B about the PG rating being nearly lost in live-action?

  8. Noah Evans (The Artist) Says:

    Oh and #4 With “nostalgia” being relevant now to filmmaking to the point of unoriginality or pandering (I don’t know if The Peanuts Movie or Winnie the Pooh 2011 fall into those, but those films are good and focus on their stories and characters), how would a filmmaker adapt/revamp something without being cookie-cuter as well as adding something new to the table. (If you need a source for an example, a new Thomas the Tank Engine film using both models and a singer storyteller like in the days before 2010, even before 2005)

    • lazypadawan Says:

      1) It helps to spend as much time as possible with like-minded people, either in real life or online.

      2) Not sure what you mean by this question.

      3) It’s something I disagree with. PG-13 is considered the optimal rating because that’s where the highest box office numbers are. PG now is considered too tame though the PG movies I saw as a kid were anything but! The funny part is Fox worried ANH could end up with a G rating, figuring that would be box office death. But it’s clear now that in spite of marketing still aimed at children the movies themselves are not for young kids anymore. And that’s a shame. Had a PG-13 rating existed in 1977, I wouldn’t have been able to see ANH. I know some parents take their kids to PG-13 movies anyway but I wouldn’t show my 4 and 6-year-old nieces TFA or ROTS; they’re too violent. As it is, the 6-year-old got nightmares from watching the PG-rated “Zootopia.”

      4) They need to take a look at what everyone else is doing and do something different.

      • Noah Evans (The Artist) Says:

        Thanks for the reply

        1- I’ll be sure to do that

        2- What else could I draw to support the prequels and related stuff?

        3- This insight reminds me of a factor I forgot to add in about the general audience (with the parental guidance) and how some the rating examples are irrelevant or miss-used (such as PG-13 Ant-Man, save some disturbing momments and bad words, felt PG while a lot of other PG-13 films are more graphic than R films..)

        4- Thanks, that helps 🙂

      • Noah Evans (The Artist) Says:

        Actually scratch out #2… I think my reply drifted away from topic.

  9. Obi-Rob Says:

    When can I see the prequels strike back for free???

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