Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Star Wars

It has almost been a year since the Star Wars saga was completed with Episode III. I was extremely impressed with it too. The prequel trilogy had a lot of problems with it, but with Revenge of the Sith, it redeemed itself. George Lucas has always said that these movies should be viewed as one film, that he didn't make six movies, he made one movie. Of course, when the original Star Wars (Episode IV) came out, it seemed as one movie. It had the hero leaving off and blowing up the Death Star. Watching it felt like seeing one good movie. Sure, Darth Vader escaped it in, but lots of movies have the villain escape to leave the possibility of a sequel.

After the success of Star Wars, we got to see the rest of what Lucas had planned. Episodes V and VI both seemed like a whole movie each, but definately seemed best together as one movie being the sequel. It had the hero going off on the journey, and losing. But in Return of the Jedi, true to the title, he returned to win it all. So although Lucas may have intended them to be seen as one movie, they certainly worked as individual movies.

The prequel trilogy changes things up. The first movie can't possibily be viewed as one movie. It has no hero. Anakin is the hero of the entire prequel trilogy (and saga depending on your view), but in Episode I he isn't seen until quite some time into it. Qui-Gon is obviously the Old Man (Mentor) and Obi-Wan seems more like the Sidekick or Shapeshifter (something like Han Solo).

Episode I wasn't complete. It had a happy ending (although that was part of the evil plan), but it didn't complete anything. It wasn't supposed to. The prequel trilogy actually was meant to be viewed as one movie. In Episode I, Anakin leaves his home and crosses thresholds, but doesn't get any further down his journey.

Well, okay. This post doesn't have a point. Maybe (probably not) I'll come back to it and rewrite it to make sense. I do want to say though that I really liked Star Wars. I'm definately looking forward to the 2008 TV series.

Also, my favorite character is Senator, Supreme Chancellor or Emperor Palpatine AKA Darth Sidious. Check out Senator Palpatine's Blog.

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