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Is It Time To Form People For Padmé?

November 4, 2016

The New York Times posted an article yesterday about how female fans were turning Star Wars fandom into something their own or whatever and there was a side piece that I didn’t read about the powerful women of Star Wars.  It was just as well because apparently the guy who wrote that piece dismissed Padmé outright because he didn’t like the prequels.  The really stupid part was apparently Ahsoka, a character who was basically spun off from the prequels, was included in the listicle.  Really, NYT?  That’s the kind of amateurish clickbait nonsense I’d see on a hack “geek” site.  But amateurism is par for the course with the lamestream media these days.  No wonder quarterly profits dropped 97% (some sources say 96 but still…) and ad revenues dropped 19%.

The media needs to buy a clue; if you are talking about Star Wars, the prequel trilogy is a significant part of it whether they like it or not.  Denying that is basically lying to your readers and your opinion of the films is in most cases completely irrelevant and generally, not interesting.  It’s even worse if you dismiss the prequels simply for no other reason than to pander to your readers or Star Wars fans in general.  A lot of these guys do that to show fans they’re down with us because they think we all hate the prequels.  (Hint:  no we all don’t.)

It doesn’t help that the geekeratti, the fist pounders on The Mary Sue and Daily Dot, other Star Wars fans, and even Lucasfilm overlook Padmé or dismiss her entirely.  They do so for primarily two reasons:  one is for the same reason the NYT article dismissed her and that is she is part of the prequels.  The Mary Sue and Daily Dot hate the prequels as do many “geek” and “nerd” pandering sites.  The other reason is Padmé isn’t politically correct enough for them.  This might sound very strange.  Padmé is probably one of the most multilayered characters in the entire series.  She was ruler of a planet and took charge of reclaiming her world from the Trade Federation.  She was a senator.  She was an action babe in her own right and managed to survive even where a lot of Jedi get killed.  Who can forget Obi-Wan and Anakin bickering on Geonosis while Padme was already picking her lock and positioning herself to fight the monsters?  She’s obviously smart, compassionate, and for my money, one of the kindest characters in the saga.  I think Lucas bent over backwards to create a character who’s worthy to be the mother of Luke and Leia.  What’s there not to love?

Well, I think the problem boils down to three things:  Padmé fell in love with Anakin/Vader, she got pregnant, and she died.  Never mind these things all had to happen.  To the detractors, those things made her “weak.”  A lot of the feminist types in geek world only want “kickass” wish fulfillment women characters and they think that every kung fu kick in the face or every male taken down is a strike against the patriarchy.  If a character is not doing that, then she’s somehow regressive.  Or, for a character to have any value, she must be powerful and in control all of the time.  It’s a dumb and shallow way of looking at the feminine condition.  Not everybody is a fighter all of the time.  Being quiet, contemplative, and gentle doesn’t mean you are weak.  Being feminine in a traditional way doesn’t make you weak.  And I don’t get why it’s acceptable for Buffy Summers to fall in love with Angel or Spike knowing exactly what they are while Padmé is somehow a chump for loving someone who was mostly a good guy.  You can’t do a whole lot of action scenes while packing twins in the trunk and heartbreak is part of the story’s tragedy.   What was supposed to happen to Padmé that would be any more dignified?  Suicide?  Getting shot or blown up?  Eaten by a nexu?  Hit by a truck?  Spontaneous human combustion?  Falling into a sarlaac?  Shish-kebabed with a lightsaber while standing on a bridge over a bottomless pit?

I’ve read that perhaps keeping Padmé’s scenes from ROTS that form the basis of the rebellion might affect how people perceive her but I’m skeptical of that for two reasons.  One is it doesn’t change that she is Prequel Babe and those determined not to respect the prequels aren’t going to change their minds for a few extra minutes of people talking.  The other reason is Padmé delivered one of the trilogy’s–heck maybe the whole saga’s–most amazing lines in one of the political scenes kept in the film and it didn’t seem to matter to detractors anyway.

While a lot of vocal people in fandom are discussing issues with female characters and fans, it’s going to be up to Padmé’s fans to stick up for her until she’s not forgotten or easily dismissed.

Here’s another take on the topic at Tosche Station.

Sports Media Gang Up On Ball Player For Saying TPM Is His Favorite SW Film

October 19, 2016

Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer revealed in an interview with NBC Sports’s Joe Posnanski that not only he is a Star Wars fan, but The Phantom Menace is his favorite of the series.  Posnanski felt it necessary to snark about it on Twitter, beginning a 2016-style media beatdown of anyone who fails to conform to their “correct opinions.”  Next was a jock site called Larry Brown Sports that felt it was a headline worthy story to mock Bauer.  Then back over at NBC Sports, Craig Cacacrappa or whatever his name is, also felt it worth several pixels beating up on Bauer.  And Jason Lukehart at Let’s Go Tribe, an Indians fan site, decided to proclaim Bauer’s choice as “questionable.”

Gee, and they wonder why I despise the media so much.  It’s full of despicable excuses for human beings.

Bryan Young called this bullying and gatekeeping.  There’s no reason at all for anyone to pile on a young man for his taste in movies.  I mean, WHO CARES?  But we have a media today that feels it is appropriate to shame, harass, and destroy anyone for any reason.  Just a few days ago, some outlets thought it was appropriate to dig into some Reddit posts by a guy who asked a question at a presidential/townhall debate and “expose” them.  It was totally not newsworthy and meant to do nothing more than to humiliate the man.  Unfortunately, the Gawker/Mic/Buzzfeed/etc. mentality is to do just that, humiliate and ruin anyone who doesn’t conform to what they think you should believe, act, say, etc..  And not only is that wrong, it’s frightening.  It isn’t just the posts themselves that are problematic, they invite a bunch of mean-spirited comments and people take them as license to go after the target directly.  On one site, a commenter said Bauer must have autism.  I have to wonder how many trolls and bashers went after Bauer on social media.

In response, Young asked people on Twitter to send him their TPM memories, fan art, cosplay, etc..  If you’re so inclined, he’s at @swankmotron.  He also tweeted to Bauer that he’s welcome on the Full of Sith podcast.  Bauer might be a little busy right now but if you’re on Twitter, you can send some support to @BauerOutage.

Now what would be great is if Bauer is invited to appear on The Star Wars Show, Lucasfilm’s official YouTube program, to talk about his love for the saga.  If Lucasfilm wants to put its money where its mouth is with being all anti-bullying and maybe show that they care about prequel fans too, this would be a great way to do it.  And of course, we’ve got his back here!

Geekdom’s Frankenstein’s Monster

May 31, 2016

SWMegaFan linked me to three different recent articles on three different sites that appeal a lot to geek culture, all of which having to do with the idea that maybe fandom is getting out of hand. They talked about the crackpot reactions over the new “Ghostbusters” film, anger over Marvel’s “big surprise” re Captain America, hashtag campaigns, and so forth. They realize now that fandom is demanding content be made its way, that it’s not being seen as art but instead as products that need to please the fans/consumers and their sensibilities or else.

Gee, you think? Where have you guys all been lately? Oh, that’s right, some of you were right there encouraging the mobs as far back as the ‘90s when the target was George Lucas. Geek culture magazines, pop culture and movie web sites, and the infamous AICN talk back fed nerd rage over the Special Editions and the prequels. Devin “You’re A Fine One To Talk” Faraci compared today’s fans to Annie Wilkes from “Misery.” I’ve been using the Annie Wilkes comparison for 20 years! I used to joke that Lucas had better pray his car doesn’t break down in front of the homes of these “fans,” because some of them were that crazy. There were always fans who have not liked the direction their favorite shows/movies took and have long since grumbled about showrunners and creators. What changed with the SEs/PT is not only a bigger, more immediate platform for venting but also active encouragement from the media. No reaction was too extreme. The narrative was Lucas committed an unpardonable sin by letting his fans down and his fans were righteous in punishing him because they knew Star Wars better and cared about it more than he did. Since geek media depends on getting readers, egging on the hate with an untold amount of clickbait and open comment sections had become a staple ever since.

Studios and creatives on the production end have done their part to encourage fans gone wild too.  I’ve noticed a Comic Con-ization of popular culture, where it’s important to win over that crowd by telling them what they want to hear. It used to be when a show creator, writer, or actor thanked fans at a con for their support, it was genuine, because they were so doggone thrilled somebody cared about their work. Today it often seems like pandering and sadly, a lot of people can’t discern when it’s pandering or they simply don’t care so long as they get what they want.

But these self-appointed poohbahs of geekdom have always been short on self-awareness, as are their readers, judging by the comments to some of these pieces. It’s disingenuous to scratch your head over why a guy would make a video announcement that he is boycotting “Ghostbusters” when over a decade ago you were applauding and promoting “fan-cuts” of TPM or seven-hour long prequel-bashing videos. If you’re treating these rebellious fans as heroes don’t be surprised others are seeking that kind of attention and validation; you also can’t be surprised at how corporations are increasingly treating their films and shows as “product” when not too long ago, you were attacking an artist as a villain for offending the nerd hordes. It even went on just a few months ago with X-Files creator Chris Carter. You can’t be surprised at death threats getting lobbed at the guy who made Captain America a Hydra agent if you thought it was hi-larious when Patton Oswalt “joked” about beating Lucas to death with a shovel.  The Annie Wilkes crazy kind of fandom is their Frankenstein’s monster.

 

Dear Media…

December 3, 2015

Dear Media,

I’ve read yesterday two pieces, one at USA Today and one at Daily Dot, that purport to defend the prequels (or at least TPM). Sorry but your efforts are “meh.” The USA Today article spent entirely too many pixels conceding the same tired basherific talking points instead of really going into why she claims she loves the films. The Daily Dot article was a total joke, nothing more than a left-handed swipe at the prequels as a whole while mildly sticking up for a few things in TPM.

You might think that we beleaguered prequel fans would appreciate anything kind at all to say about our beloved films and unfortunately, some are willing to accept any port in a storm. Not me though. I think the films and we as fans deserve a lot better than weak, spaghetti-spined columns, faint praises, or left-handed compliments. If you can’t break from the Jar Jar bashing, complaining about the acting or dialogue, or how much you hate the Anakin/Padmé romance, then you’re just wasting your time and most importantly, you’re wasting MY time.

Isn’t it fair, you might say, to have some criticisms of the films in your piece? I might ask, why no one who writes gooey retrospective pieces about Eps IV-VI is ever expected to note poor direction, dialogue, or acting in their pieces? Nobody concedes criticisms of Eps IV-VI. When was the last time somebody said or wrote, “You know, Pauline Kael had a solid point about ANH.” Even the ROTJ Ewok bashing stuff has faded out quite a bit (not that this isn’t a positive development).

Editors, it is entirely possible to find a writer out there who genuinely loves these movies and can adequately articulate why without having to concede anything or engage in his own bashing. I work cheap!

Perhaps I am looking a gift horse in the mouth and should appreciate even the slightest change in tone in your approach to the prequels. But I don’t think I am. It’s been too long already and for me, my whole enjoyment of Star Wars and how I view other fans is forever scarred. None of you seem to appreciate or understand that.

No love,
Me

The AV Club On The PT & Some Extra Thoughts

November 16, 2015

A lot of you have been pointing out to me The AV Club’s piece about the prequels. So here are some of my thoughts:

It starts out with the annoying habit of “laying down cover fire” before jumping in to point out stuff in the prequels he thought were good but the author makes an interesting point:

Weirder still, some fans seem more wrapped up in the Red Letter Media reviews than the movies themselves. The first trilogy has its own set of imperfections, small missteps, awkward lines, and creatures that serve no direct story purpose. But for a lot of fans, most of that stuff, give or take a pile of Ewoks, has been assimilated into a general appreciation; to a devoted fan, the first trilogy’s limitations can seem almost indistinguishable from its delights. The prequel trilogy’s similar mixture of the fantastic, the goofy, and the mundane has obviously not generated a similar affection—and in absence of Star Wars doing what they wanted, some fans banded together around a piece of criticism, trading memes, jokes, and references to those videos rather than the text itself.

As a critic, this is certainly tantalizing: Imagine, fans who quote reviews more readily than the movies they’re covering! As someone who loves movies, though, it’s terribly depressing to think of Star Wars fans who derive more joy from repeating “it’s so dense” and smug Screenwriting 101 bromides about Phantom Menace lacking a main character than actually, you know, watching Star Wars movies.

Yes, indeed.

While it’s nice that big geek sites like AV Club or The Mary Sue are tentatively giving a different point of view on the prequels, the problem is they’ve made so much hay for such a long time out of bashing the films, their readership isn’t going to consider anything they write with a different point of view. These readers might even react with hostile incredulity, as though their favorite political commentator decided overnight to change parties. Like Carole King said, it’s too late baby.

Bigmouth Strikes Again And Fans Want To Strike Back

November 16, 2015

Since the celebrity whose name rhymes with Diamond Leg told the New York Daily News recently that he had no respect for anyone who liked the prequels, arrogantly said that Lucas didn’t understand his own movies, and perhaps most tasteless of all, referred to it as “infanticide” and compared Lucas to a child murderer, a petition has gone up on Change.org to have Pegg banned from “participating in Star Wars permanently.”

A few of you have posted about this petition on the FB page and in comments here. You can sign if you want but take these factors into consideration:

1. Petitions are often not effective. This one only has 156 “signatures” as of writing. Even the ones that garner thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of signatures usually don’t accomplish their goal.

2. Singling out a celebrity in a petition drive could attract what Pegg-y deep down wants and that is more publicity for him. Worse yet it could turn Pegg-y into a martyr for free speech. Does he deserve that? Hell no. That narrative doesn’t help us at all either.

Still I understand everyone’s frustration. I share it. If you’ve read SWPAS long enough I went into a two-day rant-a-thon over Pegg-y’s guest shot on Clone Wars a few years ago. It seems like no matter what he says or how he says it, he not only gets away with it, he gets rewarded for it! Even after this crap from the NY Daily Snooze, there were people who really should know better defending him! If you have any respect for George Lucas whatsoever, you should be appalled that anyone would compare him to a child murderer even if it was cheap hyperbole. It was douchey to act like you know the true meaning of Star Wars while the guy who created it doesn’t and he’s an a-hole for saying he doesn’t “respect” fans like us. But “infanticide” and “killing your own kids?” Indefensible.

Rebel Force Radio’s hosts are no fans of the Peggster either and in the Nov. 13 episode of the podcast, they had a glorious rant that pretty much encapsulates everything on Pegg-y. Start at around 43:52…it ends around 55:04:

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They’re right. At Pegg-y’s core, he is a big fat phony. I believe he sincerely dislikes the prequels but I’m guessing he considers prequel bashing an important part of his brand. It helps give him cred to geeks in general and to the media, which of course invites this kind of thing every time they talk to him (see “Why The Media Hates The PT”). When he said he doesn’t respect anyone who thinks the prequels are good films, is he admitting he doesn’t respect Dave Filoni, whom he cheerfully worked with on that one episode of Clone Wars? Mark Hamill likes the prequels. Does Pegg-y not respect him anymore? How about if anyone else starring in TFA is a prequel fan? Or in any of his other films? How come nobody ever asks him those questions?

They’re also right that Pegg-y shouldn’t be part of anything official anymore. Wait, didn’t I just express skepticism over this petition? Here’s my point: Lucasfilm and Disney SHOULD have the common sense to keep Pegg-y away. We shouldn’t have to start a petition or do anything else to convince them. Especially since Lucasfilm has made David Prowse persona non grata at official events for the things he’s said to the media. (At least Prowse has not compared Lucas to a child murderer.) You don’t want somebody who antagonizes a large number of your customers AND attacks the guy who created your whole raison d’être like that to be the face of your brand. It would be like D23 inviting somebody who wrote a book accusing Walt Disney of being a Nazi and a cross-dresser.

Petitions aside, fans can take things into their own hands. You don’t have to plunk down $20 to see anything with the doofus in it. Don’t buy any of his films. Don’t watch anything with him in it on t.v.. If he gets invited to appear as a guest at a con, don’t go. And take heart…I don’t think the doofus is friends with Rian Johnson, whom he obviously must not respect.

Then and Now: Entertainment Weakly Cashin’ In

November 11, 2015

Entertainment Weakly unleashed its 4 different TFA covers today (with more to come I’m sure when the movie is released next month). Here’s one of them:

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I am not a fan of EW; it’s just not a good magazine and it has long been at the forefront of Lucas/prequel bashing even as they love to make money off of Lucas’s creations (or more specifically, your devotion to such). It is living off of the fumes of geek culture to survive because you can always count on the same kind of multiple covers for a Marvel flick, Game of Thrones, or whatever else gets nerdy collectors excited and the multiple covers increase newsstand sales.

Since Eps IV-VI were around long before EW debuted circa 1990, the mag couldn’t milk the Star Wars cow until the Special Editions and it started the multiple cover madness with TPM. After I figured out that they would put purdy pictures on the cover while bashing the hell out of the movies in the inside, I quit buying the mag altogether. But hey we still have these covers (1 of whatever) that live on:

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LOL on that last caption. NOTHING was going to save it in their eyes.

Why Does The Media Hate The PT?

November 6, 2015

Some years back I posted a piece about the four main reasons why prequel haters are prequel haters.

Today, I take on the nemesis called Darth Media. Let’s face it…the professional and semi-pro media, both geek-oriented and “mainstream” (a.k.a. “lamestream”), are horribly biased against the prequels and always have been. You know it, I know it. There are other films and filmmakers who are not treated kindly by the media or by film critics. Michael Bay doesn’t seem to garner too much respect, for example. But there is something about the Star Wars prequels in particular that really brings out the ugly. We got a taste of that just a couple days ago with a horrible article in the Wall Street Journal. The link is in piccolo’s comment to the Prequel Trilogy interview story. It is a biased piece of junk. The hack who wrote it didn’t bother talking to anyone who wasn’t a confirmed prequel hater. But the WSJ isn’t alone in running hatchet jobs.

The big question is, “Why?”

They Hate Lucas’s Guts

There is a very simple, obvious, overreaching reason for all of this and that is the media hates Lucas’s guts. They attack the prequels to attack him because they are his creations. Why do they hate Lucas? I’ll tell you…

1. “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How The Sex, Drugs, And Rock And Roll Generation Saved Hollywood”

Journalist and film buff Peter Biskind’s 1998 book celebrated the Hollywood upstarts of the late 1960s and 1970s but certainly had a jaundiced opinion of the films of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. It helped popularize a meme that movies were great until stuff like Star Wars came along, made films just about money, and quality went downhill. I remember arguing against this meme by pointing out that the first blockbuster king of the ’70s was Irwin Allen and his oeuvre of disaster films. Also big hits in that era were horror movies and yet no one blames William Friedkin for torture porn fare like “Saw” or the 10th “Paranormal Activity” flick. This meme also ignores that many of these film geniuses simply self-destructed on piles of cocaine and ran out of luck while others like Martin Scorsese kept cranking out the kind of films they’d always made for decades afterward.

What does it matter, though? In media world, once something becomes “conventional wisdom” it’s harder to get out than a blood stain on a white t-shirt. So this resentment against Lucas and against Star Wars for ruining movies was running high just as he unleashed his fourth Star Wars film to great hype and stores packed with stuff. It seemed like perfect timing to retroactively punish Lucas for something he didn’t really do. I believe this is a big reason why some of these critics were very harsh on TPM and dismissive of the rest of the trilogy as some kind of cynical cash grab.

2. Journalists Resent Success

I graduated from one of the top journalism programs in the U.S. though I am not a professional. I can tell you that some of the most bitter, envious folks you could ever encounter in life are in this field. There are a lot of things about the print, digital, and broadcast media that are not fair: cutthroat competition, frequent layoffs and buyouts (don’t go into media if you want a steady gig…it’s one reason why I didn’t stay), getting overlooked for promotions, ageism, sexism, you name it. I’d found the broadcast world in particular to be very much like show business; it’s all about what you can sell on camera and your looks. It doesn’t mean they’re not good at their jobs but there’s an indefinable “it” and charisma you need to have a shot at success along with of course, luck, opportunity, and a willingness to go anywhere and do just about anything to grab the brass ring. Because of that, a Yale graduate could be sitting there anchoring next to someone whose claim to fame is being Miss Kielbasa Festival 2002 and Miss Kielbasa Festival could very well be the one hitting the big time before the Yale grad. One has to weather the politics of the editorial board or station management and then the corporate politics of the parent company. And freelancers? It’s even worse. They don’t even get the benefit of a cubie and a severance package. Curiously enough people in that field are greatly drawn to power, like moths to a light bulb, but they resent wealth and success (so long as it’s not their own). Lucas made for a perfect pinata due to his billionaire status and his business success. It became easy to view Lucas as a “fat cat” CEO instead of as an artist. So you get memes and narratives about the prequels being the product of a privileged, out-of-touch evil capitalist who couldn’t connect with his proletariat fan base anymore, that he’s betrayed himself as a filmmaker.

Keep in mind that many in the media view themselves as iconoclasts because it brings them attention and makes them feel brave taking on the big and powerful. Lucas in their minds is establishment and they feel it’s their jobs to “destroy” the establishment because they get a lot of clicks and pats on the back for doing so.

3. Lucas Isn’t Fond Of Them

An introvert’s introvert, Lucas has always treated press interviews the way most of us regard root canals: necessary but extremely unpleasant. Yes, the current Mrs. Lucas is an occasional t.v. commentator/contributor, he his chummy with some media types like Bill Moyers, and he’s been on friendly terms with personalities like Oprah Winfrey and Jon Stewart. But Lucas has overall been very critical of the media for a long time. He once made a comment that journalism is all about copying what everyone else is saying or writing (see below). When he isn’t promoting anything, he’s pretty much dead to the press unless somebody from TMZ just happens to catch him on the street or something. He’s more likely to skydive into an erupting volcano than ever agree to talk to any of the geek/internet press.

Laziness

Remember what I said earlier about “conventional wisdom?” The media thrives off of “conventional wisdom” because it eliminates the ground work of finding out what’s actually happening. Today’s media is 24/7 and that puts tremendous pressure to put something out with less time to get it done. Plus with cutbacks in newsrooms, there are fewer resources to check for accuracy. So everybody along the way slacks on stories: editors, producers, reporters. Nobody fact checks. So the media has come to depend more and more on memes and narratives that frame a story and then it finds a few examples to support that narrative or meme, then calls it a day. I wish I could say this only happens on amateur blogs but I’ve seen it happen over and over with professional media. Also, I find that opinion often pads out content. Opinion and analysis are fine, in their own context. But I see it all of the time in “news.” Or opinion is passed off as “news.”

In that spirit of laziness, there’s also a tendency to follow the herd. They will repeat the same ideas and the same angles everyone else has used. Part of it is because these guys all live in the same places and associate with the same circles. Part of it is because that in spite of their education level, they’re not terribly curious. Geek media or entertainment media has a bunch of people immersed in pop culture but they can’t put any of it into context. They like to post provocative things to get attention but what they don’t want is real disapproval. Everyone knows what happens to the few souls who attempt even the faintest praise of the prequels, so they rarely break from the anti-prequel angle. Also, whenever someone from the straight news side of things wants to seem “with it” while writing about stuff like Star Wars, that person will often look to geek media for the right cues.

Whatever the reasons, laziness persists because there are rarely any consequences for that laziness. Even if it results in a big scandal, like what happened to “Rolling Stone” last year, there are shockingly few consequences.

The Media Believes The Fans Are On Their Side

There are other franchises and celebrities not well-regarded by geek culture yet the professional media wouldn’t say an unkind word about them in interviews or articles. Why? Because they know the fans would rain hell on them and not buy the mags, click on the links, or share the pieces.

But the media feels more than comfortable to bash away at the prequels, even to this day. Why? Because they know the “fans” at the least do nothing and at the most agree enthusiastically with the piece and spread it around like an STD at Spring Break. Media opinion influences fan opinion which in turn influences media opinion. Repeat, rinse. If you don’t believe me just check out the comments on these articles if they allow comments. A writer is going to think his piece is validated if he gets a lot of hosannas from bashers who agree with him.

It also bears noting that the media is now dominated by Gen X-ers and Gen Y-ers, who are more likely to buy into the “Lucas raped my childhood” mindset.

Star Wars fans should be ashamed of themselves for their complicity in this problem. It’s not enough to mumble something about how you don’t like it when they bash the prequels but keep subscribing to magazines or visiting sites that do it routinely. What would make you upset enough to at least comment on the piece or send in a letter to the editor? Whenever they do get upset about a media piece, it’s often very selective so it becomes easy to blow it off as just nerd rage.

So those are the basic reasons for media prequel bashing. In closing, here’s a cathartic tune about the media (that’s not “Dirty Laundry”):

Is ROTS The Best-Reviewed Star Wars Film To Date?

October 29, 2015

Mike Klimo is at it again…

This time he compared the Rotten Tomatoes scores for the prequels along with scores he came up with based on 173 reviews of ANH, TESB, and ROTJ, using RT’s methodology. He also disregarded reviews issued upon re-releases, like the Special Editions and the TPM 3D re-release in 2012.

Now I’ve had issues with Rotten Tomatoes and what critics think isn’t all that meaningful to me. Especially since totally boring crap gets 92% fresh and not a single Star Wars film can even crack that number. But the results are interesting. The highest scoring Star Wars film to date is…ROTS, followed by ANH:

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Klimo even got the attention of the Telegraph.

Update: Check out Clone Corridor’s take here.

IGN Tries To Serve Haterade, Fails

September 26, 2015

IGN, part of the geek media entertainment industrial complex, tried to use the rumors of Hayden Christensen appearing in Ep. VIII as an excuse to bash him only to find out the first comment getting 1500 “likes” isn’t what they expected: