Archive for the ‘PT defense’ Category

Pro-Wrestler Comes Out As Prequels Fan

August 6, 2017

Wrestler Cody Rhodes posted on his Twitter feed his love for the prequels:

Time to admit that I LOVE the Star Wars prequels

folks who come at them…hoes

And you know there’s no worse insult than to be compared to a farming tool ;). Body slam ’em, Cody!

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From My Point Of View, It’s A Problem: A Commentary

July 28, 2017

The upcoming anthology of short stories based on ANH–originally dubbed “Operation Blue Milk” then revealed as “A Certain Point Of View”–didn’t interest me much because I’ve basically given up reading Del Rey’s new wave of licensed fiction.  But if there was any glimmer of interest at all it was extinguished with the full list of people brought on to write for this thing.  I don’t dislike everyone on there obviously; some of them have been involved with stuff that I enjoyed.  Others I have issues with but the most galling was bringing on actor Wil Wheaton.  No Timothy Zahn or James Luceno or Mike Stackpole but they had pages to spare for this guy.

Really, Del Rey and Lucasfilm?  Really????

Whenever somebody at Lucasfilm tries to claim that they love the prequels equally and treat them with respect, you’ve got to ask why then are the most notorious prequel bashers rewarded with prime gigs?  Simon Pegg got to guest star on The Clone Wars and scored a cameo in TFA.  Now a prequel basher known for another franchise gets to publish Star Wars fiction while scores of experienced writers, both professional and fan, never get the call.  As someone who has been trying for two years to get in the market with my own stuff, it’s HARD.  But maybe to get a deal with Del Rey I should just start the Prequel Hate Society and bash the films every chance I get.

What’s problematic about this is that we all know that they would never do this for anyone who publicly bashes the original trilogy, TFA, or Rogue One.  Ever.  To the people in charge, the prequels are expendable in a way the others are not and they don’t care because the movies don’t mean as much to them as the OT does and the overlords in Burbank aren’t going to tolerate anyone bashing their films.

Look, people at Lucasfilm:  admit it.  The prequels are second banana to your company, loved by a tiny few, liked by some, tolerated with gritted teeth by most.  J.W. Rinzler’s late blog indicated a lot of people there were not fond of AOTC at the very least and you know what, it shows.  It has shown for years.  Stop gas lighting us and stop making excuses.

I’m half tempted to get a bunch of pro-prequel fan fiction writers to put together an anthology…

/r/prequelmemes Executes Order 66 On Bashers

June 1, 2017

Usually I don’t waste my time on stupid videos bashing the prequels.  Someone asked me to address a new anti-prequel video from WatchMojo.com and I wasn’t going to talk about it because who cares.  It’s the same lame crap we’ve put up with for 18 years.

But then along came /r/prequelmemes, quickly launching an attack on the haters.  The comment section on YouTube (I don’t as a rule link to basher videos) is full of prequel fans and as of writing it has 10,509 down votes as opposed to 2,551 up votes.  Feel free to look it up on YouTube and add to the carnage if you want.  I still don’t care what these fanboy jerks have to say about anything but I LOVE that somebody is finally turning the tables on them.

 

 

“In Defense Of Padmé Amidala”

February 19, 2017

LadyFromPlanetX forwarded an old Geek Dad post that I missed somehow but it’s really good.  If you can stand another defense of Padmé, you really ought to read it:

My favorite rule in chess is the one where a pawn advances to a higher piece if it manages to cross the whole board. Padmé starts the game as a queen. In The Phantom Menace and The Attack of the Clones she plays an aggressively defensive game. In Revenge of the Sith she becomes cornered and chooses to sacrifice herself to protect her king, Anakin.

In A New Hope Luke enters the game as a pawn. He is talented but untrained and impetuous. For every win there is also a loss, but the other pieces protect him because they know if he makes it across the board, they have their best chance at winning it all. In Return of the Jedi, when Luke refuses to be Palpatine’s pawn — the way his father had been all these years — he becomes a knight. And in doing so, in making the same choice Padmé made on the day of his birth, he catches Palpatine in his own trap. Anakin is free to win the game.

Filoni: Prequels Important To Today’s SW

February 18, 2017

Comic Book.com has a short interview with Dave Filoni where he discusses why the prequels are relevant to today’s Star Wars stories:

“I think it works into what the struggle is. You want to achieve this balance or you want to become … I think it’s a natural part of it, and really the introduction of this idea of balance comes from the prequels,” Filoni told ComicBook.com. “That’s where the prophecy of the chosen one and ‘the one who will bring balance,’ as quoted by Mace Windu, really comes from. So, I find that very interesting because the prequels add a tremendous amount of depth to all these things, especially ways of the Force. The people, I don’t think realize that that’s where it comes from, but it’s not something that’s natural to the original trilogy. It’s something that stems from the prequels, which added a tremendous amount to what we know about Star Wars.”

Hamill Sticks Up For Prequels, Jake Lloyd, Lucas

January 31, 2017

In a video interview with Vulture, Mark Hamill sounds off on prequel bashing, sticks up for Jake Lloyd and for George Lucas, and refuses to say a word about “The Last Jedi.”

“The Prequels Strike Back” Available On DVD

January 13, 2017

“The Prequels Strike Back,” the recent prequel documentary, is finally available on DVD.

You can order it directly from the filmmakers or from Amazon.  Yours for $25!

A Couple Of Things To Brighten Your Day

December 13, 2016

Well, a smidge anyway.

Clickbait site Screen Crush interviewed Rogue One star Riz Ahmed and the topic of the prequels came up.  He’s not real fond of Jar Jar but had good things overall to say about the films.  Because I don’t want to give the clicks to a clickbait site, Star Wars The Prequel Trilogy has the relevant parts screencapped.

Meanwhile, Kathleen Kennedy tells the New York Daily news that:

“We certainly look at the prequels and there are a lot of ideas inherent in the prequels that will probably — undoubtedly — find their way into future ‘Star Wars’ movies,” she notes.

“So yeah, it’s all part of the mythology.”

H/T Furious Fanboys

A Little PSA For Rogue One Cast & Lucasfilm

December 2, 2016

I was at work and quite busy so I wasn’t able to listen in on today’s live internet Q&A session with the “Rogue One” cast.  However, I did get wind of some comments actor Alan Tudyk, who plays a droid in the movie, made about Ahmed Best’s work as Jar Jar as well as the moderator throwing some shade on the prequels about 25 minutes in.  I do not have a transcript but from what I understand, Tudyk inaccurately described Best as just doing a voice over when in fact he was mo-capped on the set and it seems to have been in the context of “heh, I did one better on him.”  Nobody corrected him.  For that, I would advise Tudyk and company to read this from 2014.

I have to criticize Lucasfilm for demonstrating once more it does not afford the prequels the same level of respect given to the OT and TFA, no matter what they keep telling us.  Actions, not words, count.  There is no way in hell anyone in “Rogue One” would ever knock the OT or dismiss Andy Serkis’s or Lupita Nyong’o’s work in TFA as “just” voice acting.  And SOMEBODY should’ve corrected Tudyk.  Frankly, I think Lucasfilm owes Ahmed Best an apology for that.  It’s inexcusable.

It’s as though it never occurs to the current regime to advise anyone who works for them on t.v., in movies, and writing books to respect the fan base.  ALL of the fan base.  I don’t know what the moderator’s alleged prequel joke was but if it was meant as a jab on those films, that shouldn’t be happening at an official Lucasfilm event.  I guess they figure we all bought our $30 tickets and it’s too late now, huh?

It also doesn’t seem to occur to the current regime to respect George Lucas.  None of them would be there without him yet it seems in many ways they are eager to get us to forget he ever had anything to do with this galaxy he created.  It’s clear the philosophy today is to do the opposite of everything Lucas strove to do creatively and to follow trends instead of setting them.  Moreover, just as the leadership threw out Lucas’s ST treatments, according to a recent Entertainment Weakly interview with Kathleen Kennedy, Lucas’s ideas for standalone films were also tossed into the shredder.  Nice.

Whatever the case, stuff like this is why many prequel fans don’t entirely trust Lucasfilm and why some don’t trust it at all.

 

“Everything Great About TPM”

November 28, 2016

A You Tube channel called Cinema Wins apparently likes to focus on the positive with a series on what was great about particular films. The latest installment? “Everything Great About Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.”

I haven’t had time to watch it yet but the feedback I’m seeing is pretty positive.