Posts Tagged ‘fans who get it’

Post Of The Day

May 6, 2016

I just saw this reblogged on the Tumblr feed.  Originally posted by anakin-skylord:

I’m tired of prequel bashing
I really am, I expect to see it on every article about Star Wars and even in some of the most unexpected places, I just wish people would realize that these movies are important stories and important to the history of the saga.

I think.. I really think it would be great if we could band together and be hashtag prequel positive, to see such an influx of prequel love and happiness and defense will surely get the attention of higher ups at Disney, Now I’m NOT saying they are ignoring the prequels or that they will or that anyone involved with the movies hates them or that they will be decanonized.. I’m just saying.. I wish it felt less like us prequel fans are sitting in the sidelines and waiting to be noticed.

We should talk about our prequel love, our favorite movies, scenes, why it’s important that Hayden acted as Anakin the way he did, the fact that Anakin was supposed to be that way, we should talk about our admiration of the worlds and the beautiful effects..CGI as well as practical.. those CG effects were done by people who spent a lot of time and have a LOT of skill to be able to do it and the fact that the prequels get shit on for CGI the most is an insult to every digital artist of any form out there.

We should take to the social media streets, to facebook and twitter, to buzzfeed, to youtube, to anywhere that will let us have a space, an opinion… We should not let ourselves be silenced as the thing we love is pushed to the background as a moment in history that still exists but will never be referenced or spoken about again.. We must speak out! We must talk about our love for everything the prequels had to offer (and if you could do it without “The prequels were great despite what they had to work with” and “The prequels SUCKED but I loved them” “I loved the movies, except Jar Jar” etc, Because that’s not prequel positive, that sounds like backhanded bashing and it’s weird when I read stuff like that from so called prequel likers/lovers or defenders.)

Be open about your prequel love! Rise up against the people who think the prequels have no merit, no importance and that the only fans are “stupid little kids that don’t know any better”

STAR WARS is love, and we should spread our love of the prequels to every corner on the internet until there is no question about it anymore, The prequels are here to stay, and they deserve respect and recognition!

A good day for that is…May 20, Prequel Appreciation Day!

A Couple Of Lucas Appreciation Posts

March 1, 2016

This first blog post doesn’t mention the prequels very much but I’m sure you’ll appreciate the content all of the same:

One of my favorite Lucas stories occurred in this time, but I only became aware of last year. A man named Joe Johnston was a very important art director for the first three films, and who deserves an awful lot of credit for the great look those films achieved. Lucas thought he had a future in film school, though Johnston was reluctant. Lucas kept Johnston on at half salary, paid his tuition to film school in full and offered to help him pursue his own opportunities in the business. Selfless and loyal gestures like that, inspire me to do that for the workers I have in my employment today.

This next post goes into the prequels a lot more as well as the Ring Theory and the anti-Lucas faction of fandom.  The author gets critical of TFA but most of it is about Lucas’s Star Wars:

And the thing is, it’s always more rewarding to try to understand the piece of art that’s in front of you, rather than only understanding your own predispositions. When the prequels were coming out, it was a fascinating puzzle to me, and I was watching very closely how the structures of the two halves would tie together. Before Episode II came out, I predicted to my friends that it would end with a shot of Anakin and Padme’s wedding. I predicted too, also in 1999, that Episode III would end with the arrival of the twins in their new homes, the last shot being Luke with Owen and Beru on Tatooine. I even predicted that the first shot of Episode II would contain a camera tilt up to a planet, rather than a tilt down. Every other episode started with a tilt down, but once Lucas had a rule like that, there was always one exception as a counterpoint. I could see the musical structure to it, and enjoy what he was doing, rather than bitching because he wasn’t doing what I wanted him to.

More Fans Speaking Out

January 4, 2016

First up is A Brief History Of Prequel Bashing Or Why We Can’t Have Nice Things…it was originally posted on December 14 but I wasn’t aware of it until today:

If there had not been an Internet community back in 1999 when The Phantom Menace arrived, I am firmly convinced that the received attitude towards the prequel trilogy would be completely different. Without the rot of groupthink to shape and amplify negativity, individual criticisms of the films would have remained overshadowed by the abundant virtues in the films. While there were always fans of the prequels from the start, as new generations of Star Wars fans have grown up in a world with both the original films and the prequels, increasingly we are seeing that these new fans do not distinguish between the trilogies and are often shocked when they first join the online world and discover such hatred for the prequels.

My only quibble with the blog post is his criticism of the romance in AOTC. I knew exactly what Lucas was aiming for and I loved it. So there.

An online comics writer/artist posted Life After Star Wars. I’ll inform you in advance that this guy was not too fond of TFA but that’s not the point of his piece nor is that opinion the reason why I’m linking to it. Chances are if you read this page you’ll be able to relate to what he’s saying. I did tell him privately there are more of us out there than he’d think.

The weird thing in my mind was always “This man gave us this thing we claim to love so much, Star Wars. Who are we to tell him what he should do with it, or that it even belongs to us.” It isn’t ours. It never was. We are confusing our memories, or how we felt the first time we saw the A New Hope, with that of ownership. We own those memories, and not the story that gave them to us. Those stories belong to the creator first and foremost. It doesn’t mean anyone has to like it, but if you don’t it is time to move on and let go of that personal attachment to what you think belongs to you and doesn’t. The prequels are done, and made, and they are forever part of the lore of Star Wars.

Fan Declares Love For Prequels

November 23, 2015

Cantina Cast has a debut entry from a new blogger. It’s a fairly short post but it shows that these movies touched and inspired a lot of people out there:

But then… 1999 came, and with it, the Phantom Menace. As a sixteen-year-old high school student, I attended an opening night showing with some buddies; it was my first experience seeing a Star Wars film in the theaters. It was phenomenal. When the doors opened and Darth Maul emerged, blasting the opening fanfare of “Duel of the Fates,” I got goosebumps. The entire, yes the ENTIRE, audience clapped and cheered when Obi-Wan managed to leap over Maul and cut him down. I had never witnessed such a spectacle at a movie before. The audience’s reaction solidified my love for this movie, as well as the cementing of Obi-Wan as my favorite character for the rest of my life. This ended up being the first film I saw in a theater multiple times.

Video: Stop Hating The Prequels

September 7, 2015

I posted this on the FB page Sunday night and forgot to post it here.

Aside from some vague stuff about overusing CGI, I’d have to say she hits a home run:

Fan Writes About His Love of the PT

May 25, 2015

A blog called Fan of Star Wars (@ThomasStorai on Twitter) posted his love letter to Eps I-III. Check it out!

Fan Shares TPM With Kid

May 25, 2015

Live The Force is back again with a tale of watching TPM with his 4-year-old daughter:

I love it as a Star Wars fan. But after this morning I now love it as a father as well. For the first time I got to watch my daughter experience the magic while actually watching a Star Wars film. Her reactions where the same as so many of us the first time we watched a Star Wars movie. Even though she has been exposed to the characters all her life, this is the first time I think she was following along with the story and who the players were.

Essay Calls Out Anti-PT Marketing

May 14, 2015

An essay on The Cantina Cast, “Hate Casual: Awakening The Prequel Shadethrower”, calls out the subtle and not-so-subtle anti-prequel bent TFA marketing has taken:

It seems to be very carefully constructed to attract a particular kind of customer: the Prequel hater. It’s here to remind them of the “good old days” when there were only the three movies they loved when they were kids. I think all the “Prequel bashing” we’re now hearing from the torchbearers of the franchise is part of that strategy. It’s to show the loudest (not largest) portion of the fan base that they “get it” and it’s okay to hate “those films” and still like the new ones. They are preemptively gathering good will from this segment so they will accept and help promote or, at the very least, not actively rip apart The Force Awakens.

I’d commented at the end of the article, but I’ll add further thoughts here. The essay asserts de-emphasizing “episode” numbers is part of this marketing but I agree with other sources that claim it’s so that those new to Star Wars don’t think, “Gee, I have to watch six other movies first?” Specifically calling TPM Episode I was to let moviegoers know it took place before the existing Star Wars films.

The other thought is, what’s in this for Star Wars’s real core audience, kids? These interesting tidbits came up when the folks working on Disney Infinity discussed why Clone Wars characters were being put in the game first:

When we started peeling back the data and looking at our primary demographic with Infinity which is 6-12 (ages), they’re most familiar with The Clone Wars and Episodes I, II, and III.

Here’s the baseline, we are primarily a kids and family game. When you think about what Star Wars means to people that are under the age of 15 right now, it is actually closer to The Clone Wars stuff than the Episodes IV through VI.

Instead the PR seems to be geared toward the nastiest bullies on the playground, many of which aren’t playing with a full deck, who spend their days obsessively looking for any opportunity to trash the prequels or at the very least, playing into the nostalgia of aging filmgoers. Usually when Hollywood tries to get the 45-65 crowd to see a movie, it’s a romcom with Diane Keaton or something. And with at least some of them, it won’t stop them from savaging the film anyway.

Yes To This Amazing Essay

April 19, 2015

On Facebook, Frank Witte linked to this post on a blog called A Universe In Words. The author captured a lot of my feelings over the weekend, as you might have guessed if you were following me on Twitter.

When people like me who love the PT films and were introduced to the Star Wars-fandom through the PT films, see a disproportionate stream of criticism and hate directed towards these films it hurts. It may sound melodramatic, but these films are as much a part of us as the OT films are. When a small section of fans controls the fandom’s dialogue to such an extent that they make it seem as if the PT films are something of the past which is better left forgotten, a large part of the fandom will feel willfully ignored and potentially even insulted. Fans have invested not only their passion into these films, but also their time and money by creating fan films, fan fiction, art, cosplay, music and much more. The PT films substantially add to the emotional and literary depth of the whole Star Wars saga. Take the six films as a whole and you see a family saga the likes of which does not exist in modern day cinema. The six films form a continual narrative, the story of a single galaxy told through different generations, genders and species.

Essay On “Depth Of The Prequels”

February 13, 2015

A new blogger on The Cantina Cast has a post you will all love, The Star Wars Connection: Depth of the Prequels. The author has been a fan since ANH came out, like me, so I can definitely relate to his POV.

The prequels are as much an important part of the Saga as the original trilogy. We can find opportunities to bond with the characters, feel the moral conflict they face and walk their journey as they realize their full potential or destiny. When an audience identifies with the characters then the story truly comes to life. It did for me. How about you?