Once again I have gone a prolonged period of not posting a blog. I really need to rectify this and reboot this site quite a bit while I’m at it. First reason being that how I use this site has changed, I am now a college grad and have changed both career paths and objectives. In addition to changes in my personal life the world has continued to change per usual. Youtube is now essentially an infinite extension of cable providing many “new channels” of content. Content continues to shrink and increase in ‘hot takes’ as our consumption patters have changed (Buzzfeed lists & Vine Stars sign by major Hollywood talent agencies).
However as much has changed somethings have remained exactly the same. While I have changed career and personal goals, I still care about government, sports, high-tech sector, and of course filmmaking. Abortion has returned as a major wedge issue. Both Tiger Woods & the University of Texas athletics are still struggling. And we still have big tentpole movies consisting of superheroes and older properties dominating studio slates and the summer box office.
A prime example of how things change yet stay the same is the highly anticipated movie, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. After the Mouse bought LucasFilm in 2012 it was only a matter of time before they started to develop new Star Wars content. Just like every other geek, I’m excited to return to the Star Wars universe and see both old favorites like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, & R2-D2 while at the same time see the new characters, creatures, worlds, and storylines that Kathnleen Kennedy & J.J. Abrams have developed. The old meeting the new.
While I am excited by the new team that has come in to take over for George Lucas, my memory is still tainted by the bad tastes left in my mouth from Lucas’ many changes to the original trilogy and from the abysmal prequels. As Episode 7 moves forward I can’t help but remember the terrible stories, acting, and other moments from the prequels. So just like this blog and about half-a-dozen superheroes, I think the Star Wars prequels need to be rebooted. Now I doubt I’ll get much push back on this subject but it is a matter that seems to be surprisingly undiscussed in both the geek and movie communities. I can point to hundreds of articles, essays, and videos that go into detail about the problems, short comings, and a variety of insults towards these prequel films. But very little about they must be kept as canon.
I grew up on Star Wars, collecting the toys and watching the movies over and over. Then, still as a child of the 90s, I was overwhelmed with joy when it was announced that there would be three BRAND NEW Star Wars films. I still remember seeing the first poster of little Anakin on Tatooine with his shadow forming the outline of Darth Vader! JUST AMAZING!
Even now I still hold some fond memories towards episodes I-III. Qui-Gon Jinn. Darth Maul. The Fetts. Clone Troopers. Mace Windu. Some really good characters with great potential and stories that have created large fan followings and interesting content like the Clone Wars TV shows.
If Disney were to reboot these three films, wouldn’t we potentially lose these characters and stories that we like? Of course that is a possibility but the only real fear would be in losing the storylines I’d imagine as Ms. Kennedy, LucasFilm, and Disney have a wealth of creative minds the would be able to mine the quality from the prequels to give the fans the movies more befit with such an iconic series. We’ve seen them already do it with the Hulk character as he failed twice before Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo made him one of the cornerstones of Marvel, The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
So why not reboot it? Marvel and DC have done it all the time with their comics and films. We’ve seen multiple TV shows and movies be rebooted with varying degrees of success. But I doubt many would expect a rebooted prequel trilogy could be any worse than it already is.
I mean sure Lucas might’ve worked a deal with Disney and Ms. Kennedy that the prequels not be touched. Sure some might prefer just to out right ignore the prequels. Sure it doesn’t matter that much but if the new Disney/Star Wars partnership is going to be rewriting what is and isn’t canon post-Return of the Jedi, why not go ahead remove midi-chlorians from canon and create a real character arc for Anakin from young promising Jedi to the Dark Lord of the Sith?
Either way, I’ll see y’all in theaters December 18th for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.