Everyone knows this phrase. I don’t like it personally because of the incorrect grammar…but the general meaning, I do like. But I digress…
I have seen every Star Wars movie in theaters. The Original Trilogy included, however, I saw the 1997 re-releases in theaters…not the original theatrical releases…since I was born in 1988. I guess it is kinda cool saying I was born in the same decade that Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were released…or does it just make me feel older? Hard to say…
I grew up watching the Original Trilogy on VHS (analog tape, like a big cassette tape to you younger folk…hopefully you know what a cassette tape is…). Because I watched them so much, paused, rewound, and fast forwarded, the tape was starting to wear out.
I loved those movies. For the longest time, the Star Wars saga was my favorite movie series…until I got a little older and realized how amazing the Lord of the Rings trilogy is…though I still love Star Wars.
I was so excited when the prequels came out and saw all three of them a couple times in theater. Yes, they had a little too much CGI, questionable storylines and timelines, bad dialogue, Jar Jar Binks, senate hearings, and whiny Anakin. But I loved them when they came out – and I still enjoy watching them.
Those movies expanded on what the Original Trilogy already created. Seeing the droid army, the podracing, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jango Fett, the Jedi Order, Mace Windu, the Geonosis arena with tons of Jedi charging into battle, the Battle of Geonosis, Count Dooku, Yoda’s lightsaber skills, the Battle over Coruscant, etc, etc, etc. There was so much for a young mind to take in, absorb, and imagine.
Since the Clone Wars wasn’t the main story of the prequels, Lucasfilm expanded on that by creating the Clone Wars CGI animated series. Which at first I didn’t care for, but after watching them, realizing how great that show really was.
Besides the six movies and TV show, I read pretty much all the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels. I recommend reading anything Star Wars by Timothy Zahn…great author. So being a teenager, loving Star Wars, I wanted to get my hands on anything I could to further my imagination.
I discovered these books – actually in a somewhat funny way. My mother is a HUGE reader, more than anyone I have ever met – and she passed that gene along to me. But she actually had the original Zahn Trilogy of Star Wars books from the early 90s (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command). She loved them!
She said I should read them, obviously knowing what a huge Star Wars fan I was. So I did…and they were incredible. Expanding on the stories of my favorite characters AFTER what happened in Return of the Jedi: Han, Luke, Leia, Chewie, and Lando. Even introducing me to new favorites like Grand Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade, and Talon Karrde.
After reading those, I found dozens more to read…which helped further the growth of my imagination and love for the Star Wars Universe. I even had Star Wars Encyclopedias…this was before Wikipedia and Fan Wikis.
It’s Ain’t Broke, But They Tried to “Fix” It
Then came Disney…the all mighty, all powerful, Disney. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do love Disney. I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Disney cartoons, etc. And I also am huge fan of the Mandalorian, which is an awesome show. But they had to make the sequel series…
After reading this post up until this point, you know what a huge fan of Star Wars I am. So you may wonder why I was upset with the sequels (The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker). I was actually extremely excited when I first heard about The Force Awakens being released, the trailer gave me goosebumps. When I saw it in theaters and the Star Wars crawl and theme music played, I had tears in my eyes – no joke…I’m a nerd.
The Force Awakens was a 2015 version of A New Hope except with less talented actors and better effects. Though I did honestly enjoy it, except for the death of someone who should not have died…
The Last Jedi – what a joke…space horses, hyperspace sacrifices, the world’s longest space chase, space cow milk, another stupid death, disrespect of the entire saga…Yes, this movie makes me salty.
The Rise of Skywalker – a mess of a movie with an ending that doesn’t make sense for the entire saga. Also, why is Palpatine still around? Wasn’t the whole redemption arc of Anakin from 6 movies worth of stories finished because he DESTROYED the Emperor?
Also – why do none of the latest STAR WARS movies have hardly any STAR WARS battles in actual space? They are always fighting and flying in the atmosphere…
But the worst part…the absolute worst part…is that all those books that I spent countless hours reading and re-reading…are no longer canon. Meaning, they are no longer a part of the official Star Wars story. Why? Because Disney said so…they own the rights…but don’t care about all that content and the fans’ love for it.
Don’t Fix It If It Doesn’t Need Fixing
Now, the point of this post isn’t to rant on the new trilogy and canon decisions…though I could honestly create an entire post about that…maybe I will in the future.
Life is full of great things that we try to fix…even though they work perfectly the way they are. I am one of those people. I have an obsession with always finding the best products and software to use. I spend so much time testing and researching the perfect product, even though the one I am currently using does exactly what I need it to do.
Researching and testing in themselves aren’t bad. But when you spend more time doing that than actually using the software…that’s probably not good.
So the lesson learned here is that when you have something GOOD the WORKS, don’t spend more time trying to change that. This goes out to you Disney and Lucasfilm!
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