Monday, September 25, 2006

Lucas and His Constant Tinkering

W over at Traditio in Radice has written a brilliant piece comparing the Star Wars prequels with the Novus Ordo Mass. I love it! Classic gegakianism! W says:

"Episodes I, II, and III are obviously the Novus Ordo of Star Wars. While they are vaguely of the same Star Wars universe in that we still have the Jedi, the Force, the Republic, &c., they are clearly a totally new and different creation. They are watered down, campy, lacking in the dirt and grit that made the original Star Wars universe feel "lived in", and replete with weak characters. There's lots of eye candy, but almost none of the substance that made the old films great classics of science fiction. Like increased lay "participation", "culturally relevant" music, improvisation, and use of the vernacular, they provide us with appealing visual goodies like stylish weaponry and great lightsabre duels, massive battles with lots of explosions, the very pretty Natalie Portman, big celebrities like Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson and Jimmy Smits (versus the mostly unknown cast of the old films, especially the solid core of British actors) and "fan favourites" like Boba Fett."

Read the whole thing at:

The post was prompted by the release of the unadulterated versions of Star Wars on DVD recently (the versions that Lucas said didn't exist anymore and would never be on DVD - remember those?) Ah, to hear the Ewok Victory Song again in all its glory, not to mention Lapti Nek. Well, I could go on for hours about the problems with the Special Editions and also with the prequels but I won't. I am just going to expel them from my universe henceforth. Rather like the Novus Ordo.

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