-Written by Robert O’ Doherty
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the Star Wars franchise became dead to me. While the prequels had there moments like; Podracing, Darth Maul, a colosseum of Jedi duking it out, the rise of one of the best tragic villains of all time etc. Unfortunately these moments were weighted down by shitty dialog, forgettable performances, puzzling scenes and a cluster-fuck of CGI. The movies weren’t the final straw for me. The dragged out focus on the Clone Wars grew tiresome, along with the trail of products to boot. This over-exposure that spawned from the mediocre prequels was something I just couldn’t get my head around. I’ve been told the Clone Wars cartoon is a great show, but I just don’t care, especially after that awful 2008 CGI film the led into that show. Let’s not forget the Blu-ray release of the original trilogy, were, once again, Lucas decided to make more embarrassing changes to the franchise. If Star Wars was a cow, the cow would be a dried up corpse.
The recent purchase of Lucas film from Disney who recently announced episodes VII, VIII, and IX are coming to the big screen, left a big ol’ question mark floating over my bushy head; could I one day care about Star Wars again?
The answer is, maybe. It all depends on the route the mouse corporation take. Are they going to stick to the same tone of the prequels? Will they shift back to the spirit of the original trilogy? Or will they take a whole new direction? Also, will these episodes focus on a new cast of characters or will see the return of familiar faces? There’s just so much to ponder, and for the first time, in a long time, Star Wars has grabbed my attention. This is Disney’s chance to give us disappointed moviegoers a second chance to enter a theater and come out enraptured with the movie going experience we seeked back in 1999, 2002 and 2005.
Personally, I’d like to see a brand new look to episodes VII, VIII, and IX. I’d also like to see Luke Skywalker back. How surreal would it be to see Mark Hamill as Skywalker once again? The story should introduce a new Jedi, who are being mentored by Skywalker. Focusing on a new character will open up a new chapter in the Star Wars universe. But that’s just one idea from thousands each and every person has spinning around in their head right now.
I hope Disney makes things right and ignites my flame for Star Wars once again. They have a massive responsibility and I’m sure they’re aware of the mistakes Lucas brought to the table. To repeat mistakes will be catastrophic…