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August 10, 2004

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g

nobody cares

elliot

I think I am the only one that liked the first two.

Tung Yin

I think I am the only one that liked the first two.

If by "the first two" you mean "The Phantom Menace" and "Attack of the Clones," I think you are right. Too bad Lucas didn't stop with "Jedi" so that "the first two" would unambiguously refer to "Star Wars" and "The Empire Strikes Back."

Brian

Professor,

I keep praying that Lucas learned the lessons of the last 2 and ends ROTS strongly and darkly, like Empire Strikes Back. Sadly, I think he was more interested in making kid's movies and millions in merchandising this time around than in making the story strong. Look, the special effects never made Star Wars, the story did. Not what gowns the Princess was wearing, not the cutesy kid, not 6,000 battle droids. It was the personal relationships and the mano y mano light saber duels.

One other thing: Harrison Ford gave Lucas a whole bunch of trouble during filming the original trilogy, saying to Lucas that some the script was "shit." I'll bet there is no one today to tell Lucas that. Just a bunch of yes men.

Once again, Lucas has one more chance. I pray that he uses it wisely.

Tung Yin

One other thing: Harrison Ford gave Lucas a whole bunch of trouble during filming the original trilogy, saying to Lucas that some [of] the script was "shit." I'll bet there is no one today to tell Lucas that. Just a bunch of yes men.

Well, I think "The Phantom Menace" pretty much proves your point. I doubt that Lucas intended for the Trade aliens to have mocked Asian accents/stereotypes or for Jar Jar Binks to have been what he was perceived to be. But Lucas would have been better served if he'd had people around who had the courage to tell him how these portrayals might be perceived. Apparently no one was brave enough.

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