Posts Tagged ‘fans who get it’

Some Older Pro-PT Reading

May 29, 2014

I’d missed Furious Fanboys’ May 19 post on 5 Reasons Why The Star Wars Prequels Won’t Be Retconned Or Remade (and thanks to Cedric Troissou on FB for indirectly linking to it through another FF story on Jurassic World).

Then a comment on the 5/19 post led me to this older piece from 2011 called I Love The Phantom Menace.

And Yet More Tributes

May 21, 2014

More are publishing their love for the prequels! Check out this post from the Star Wars Guru:

In closing, please understand that if you LOVE the Prequels you are not alone. We are not the minority. The new trilogy will bring an even larger group of new generation fans. Rejoice because this is a great time to be a Star Wars fan. If you are one of the Star Wars bashers, who somehow still claim to be fans, this may be a bad time for you. I can only imagine how worked up you are getting about Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Episode VII. I would like to thank the Prequel bashers, though. Because of you the Prequels continue to be a part of daily conversations, and more and more fans are introduced to them whenever you open your mouths. So thank you. I think I will go watch Episode I now.

And view this post from the Big Damn Fanboy blog:

The Phantom Menace was not only our first return to the theater to see a new Star Wars movie, but it was also Lucasfilm’s first attempt at producing one in some time. When you leave that story and come back to it again after that long… it’s going to be different. For one thing, it’s different today how we shoot, produce, edit movies and tell stories. There was very little chance this was going to feel like the 70s and 80s.

I also think there was an element of storytelling that was overlooked when it came to the angry knee-jerk reactions to the film. This was the first episode. It wasn’t the fourth, fifth or sixth. . . it was the FIRST.

So, the story wasn’t in a place where everything was instantly about a galactic war, big dogfights in space and a galaxy ravaged by tyranny. It was a calmer, more tranquil time in the galaxy (hence the brighter colors and settings) and something had to trigger the events to come. In this case, THAT was The Phantom Menace.

More Love For TPM

May 20, 2014

Last night I shared a link on Twitter and Facebook to this amazing love letter to TPM from Jason Ward at MakingStarWars.net. It really captures what I thought was great about that film and about the prequels in general:

The movie thought outside the box, experimented with storytelling structure (think four battles converging), propelled visual effects, and did not give us the same Star Wars film we already owned. It was completely original and to this day, I can’t think of a blockbuster film as original as The Phantom Menace.

The Phantom Menace didn’t follow the rules. It made up its own rules. You don’t become George Lucas on accident. People have called him lazy. If he was lazy, Anakin would have been fifteen in Episode I. He wouldn’t have been pure of heart, he would have been born a bad seed. He wasn’t. Anakin was good. I deeply respect George Lucas for thinking outside the box and always doing the unexpected and giving his characters a trajectory.

Set Or Green Screen

May 15, 2014

Furious Fanboys are at it again, this time debunking the myth that no sets were used during the prequels and it was all green screen.

To me, it doesn’t make any difference what was used. But it’s a flimsy, uniformed excuse by detractors who can’t articulate their emotional reasons for not liking these films.

Model Or CGI

May 12, 2014

Furious Fanboys posted The Star Wars Prequels: Model Or CGI, debunking the commonly-held idea that the prequels were nothing but CGI-fests.

I’ll just add that 1) anyone who paid close attention to the production of these films knows that a lot of models were used 2) the use of CGI in the prequels is far more photorealistic and restrained compared to most visual effects-heavy films made since then and 3) it’s pathetic so many “geeks” and “Star Wars fans” picked up the same lazy trope that was used by critics of the first three Star Wars films: they’re all just about visual effects and nothing else. These people will pay to see “Pacific Rim” a million times, which wasn’t a bad film, but not complain about the method of visual effects, the dialogue, or acting while they shred the prequels.

Fan Defends Jake Lloyd

February 4, 2014

I forgot to link to Adam’s recent post on Jedi News and his own blog, “Leave Jake Alone.” Here he sticks up for Lloyd’s performance in TPM and tells the haters to well, quit hating:

Jake Lloyd’s problem was never that his acting was substandard in any way, at least in comparison to other child actors. Jake’s problem would be the same as would plague Hayden Christensen later on: the audience did not expect Darth Vader to be anything like that. They expected something so different that when they didn’t get it, they blamed the actor.

How AOTC Made Someone A Fan

January 24, 2014

The Prequel Trilogy Facebook page posted a link to this great piece on MakingStarWars.net about how AOTC made the author a Star Wars fan.

I have no idea how I did not notice the Special Edition theatrical releases or The Phantom Menace. I was 11 and then 13, and just doing kid stuff, I suppose. This stuff wasn’t aimed at me, I was a girl in a home with mostly women and it just wasn’t on our radar. That all changed in 2002 in that darkened theater.

I was mesmerized. I was obviously smitten with the dashing Hayden Christensen (my husband should probably thank this film as he is also a dashing blond haired, blue eyed boy), and I was totally enthralled by the lightsaber battles. My favorite moment from the film was the gorgeous cinematography surrounding the three lightsaber battle between Anakin and Count Dooku. And who didn’t fall in love with Natalie Portman in that film? Padmé’s poise, beauty and grace were without question a highlight of the film for me. She was pretty badass too.

Read the whole thing! This ought to be a reminder that every Star Wars movie matters to somebody.

Short Meta on Clone Wars

December 20, 2013

The Prequel Trilogy Facebook page linked to this short meta on Clone Wars and how it all wraps up with ROTS:

So in one stroke, Ahsoka’s absence in RotS is explained, Anakin’s distrust of the council is bolstered, and his frustration at not being a Master yet is actually made more sympathetic rather than less. Ahsoka’s fate was a delicate question that the show had to address, and there was a lot of room for error, but in the end I think they pulled it off beautifully.

Why I Love The Prequels: The Plot

July 23, 2013

Attack of the Geek has a second essay up on the merits of the prequels, this time focusing on the plot.

Anatomy Of A Scene

April 25, 2013

Somehow I forgot to post a link to Adam’s essay from 4/18, Anatomy Of A Scene: Grievous Challenges Kenobi. In it he explains in great detail why the scene was set up the way it was (I never had any problems with it and in context of The Clone Wars, people shouldn’t have any problems with it at all).

First off, Kenobi is a Jedi trained to not let his emotions get the better of him. When he moves, he moves deliberately and without letting fear take him. Any Jedi worth his salt would do the same, as Grievous wears in his cloak proof of what happens when you don’t. And as for a non-Jedi character who would be scared pantsless? They’d be deer-in-headlights frozen for at least a moment before screaming to the hills.

And it reminds me of when Hayden was once asked to consult on the ROTS video game. He told the game designers that Anakin would never walk around all tense with a lightsaber in his hand because he’s always ready. Jedi are kinda like that, you know ;).