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What I liked about Star Wars. By TxCajun. (Repost)

Posted in Personal by Will on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 ~ 12am

Repost of something I agree with, by TxCajun. Or by someone else, which TxCajun reposted.

TxCajun ([info]txcajun) wrote in [info]beyondelsewhere,
@ 2010-05-16 13:07:00
What I liked about Star Wars.

Not A New Hope, not Episode IV. Just Star Wars. It was a a great science fiction film, not one of a series of films trying to be another Star Wars movie. Here are some of the aspects of Star Wars I found entertaining that were changed as Lucas continued his epic. I didn’t write this, but it summed up my views pretty well so I’m reposting it here.

1. Obi Wan wasn’t a sneak — This was before “a certain point of view” and Obi Wan was honest with Luke.
2. Darth was his name, not a title — Obi Wan called Vader “Darth” on a couple of occasions, and clearly not as some Sith title.
3. Vader was not Luke’s father — George Lucas interviews at the time gave hints of Luke’s father and Obi Wan fighting with Darth Vader. Vader killed Luke’s dad and Obi Wan nearly killed Vader but Vader escaped, falling into lava and requiring his special suit to keep him alive.
4. Luke and Leia were not twins — I still cringe during that scene on the Death Star where they kiss briefly, now that Lucas has twisted details of the Saga. At the time it was a hero rescuing princess, no more or no less. Heck, and Vader tortured Leia and couldn’t “feel a tremor in the Force” during the event? Right.
5. Vader was really, really nasty! — Later on, when we find out that the Emperor was an Uber-Sith and Vader just another toady, it’s such a letdown. In the original it’s hinted that Vader was in control over a weak Emperor, not the other way around. Vader was supposed to have hunted down and killed a bunch of Jedi who could defend themselves, not butchered a classroom of Jedi-children.

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  1. Rodney said,

    on May 19th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Good points. There is such a vague history, too, with Lucas claiming all along he knew Vader was Luke’s father, but he ignored it initially because Star Wars may have flopped and it needed to stand alone. I rationalized old Obi Wan calling Vadr “Darth” as a kind of taunt all along knowing it was a title and not his first name (it’s kind of funny that way too making Obi Wan a sort of uber-geek at heart). The twins thing is totally out of the blue and makes the open mouth kiss in “Empire” very uncomfortable. But you are right Star Wars as a film alone creating a whole new culture. The sad part is Lucas apparently didn’t re-watch the first three films when writing the prequals…half of the last three contradict the first (how does Leia have any memory of her mother when she died 2 seconds after she was born?).

  2. Will said,

    on May 19th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Oh yeah, if this were a list of things I did NOT like about the rest of the Star Wars films, it could be very long — and the naming conventions would be top of the list. “Darth Vader” is subtle to the point of being acceptable. “Darth Sidious” is not subtle, since it revealed that they use use the convention of taking a scary word like “invader” and “insidious” and dropping the “in”. Lucas got too obvious about names of villains being variations on English words that just by chance have bad connotations — General Grievous (as in “Grevious Bodily Harm”) being the silliest.

  3. Rodney said,

    on May 19th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    And don’t forget Admiral Papercut.

  4. Will said,

    on May 19th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    LOL, and his toadie Lt. Lemon.

  5. Elizabeth said,

    on May 20th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    When those points are made about the original, what I see is an epic tale that could be based on the history of the Chinese or Japanese Empire. The entire series could be a very realistic retelling of the story of warrior culture in relationship to empire throughout human history… set in space.

    I don’t think I need to get into how disgusting it is that Lucas can take a story of such depth and human realism and turn it into a puppet show full of two-dimensional characters (actors) who do not tell the story through subtle craft. It’s not that the actors he chose for the roles couldn’t be subtle and crafty, it’s that he didn’t allow them to… that’s what really bugs me!

    I say we just go back to Japanese history and start again with a new script and new set of characters… in space.

    Maybe with horses and cowboys this time.

    OH WAIT… sorry…that’s SERENITY.

    I guess I’m STILL peeved that I have to watch Chuck and V and Castle just to see the old crew!

    Snif.

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