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George Lucas Blames 'Star Wars' Critics for Killing Series

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George Lucas Blames 'Star Wars' Critics for Killing Series

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Gestahlt
01.19.2012 , 01:32 PM | #21
If the prequels had not been made, there would be no KOTOR fandom.

Let's keep in mind that the release of the prequels is what re-energized a dying IP. Whether bad or good, they brought attention back to a new generation.

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Bovinity
01.19.2012 , 01:34 PM | #22
I think the issue that people had with the prequels is that they felt like a totally different setting and genre.

The originals - especially Empire Strikes Back - felt like serious movies for the most part. Yeah, there were silly parts like R2-D2, but it was measured and metered. It was just the right amount usually. (Ewoks notwithstanding) By and large the rest of the series felt like there was a significant gravity about what was going on.

Then in the prequels, it often just felt like a full on comedy:

"Oh Jar-Jar tripped and grabbed that cart of bombs and it fell open and the bombs all hit some bad guys and oh hahahaha"

"Oh Anakin accidently turned on that fighter and flew up into the bad ship and accidently blew it all up and oh hahaha"

Even most of the villians seemed like a complete joke for the most part, aside from the sith characters themselves. The Trade Federation guys felt like Keystone Cops. The alien characters all seemed like caricatures, just full of silly voices, silly mannerisms, etc. Not just different or exotic, just perpetually silly.

That's probably what put people off the most. The fact that much of the time it felt like we were watching Spaceballs, not Star Wars.

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Seisaan
01.19.2012 , 01:41 PM | #23
George has a great creative mind and imagination, but hes a poor writer. When people actually challenge his ideas and let him know when something doesnt work, we get Episodes 4-6. When everyone just agrees, we get the prequels. Hell, even the production team for Episode 1 didnt know what to make of it after they watched a screening of the movie. George has a love for modern technology and special effects, thats all fine and good, but he really needs to let others do the script writing and casting and just supervise while working with the special effects (we'll have to wait and see with Red Tails if this still holds true).

Thing is, this isnt just Lucas. Any form of media has to go through people who look over everything and say what should stay and what should go. Because GL's team didn't refute any of his ideas, we got, as Red Letter Media put it, "George using a story to tell great special effects."

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Arkerus
01.19.2012 , 01:50 PM | #24
Quote: Originally Posted by Bovinity View Post
I think the issue that people had with the prequels is that they felt like a totally different setting and genre.

The originals - especially Empire Strikes Back - felt like serious movies for the most part. Yeah, there were silly parts like R2-D2, but it was measured and metered. It was just the right amount usually. (Ewoks notwithstanding) By and large the rest of the series felt like there was a significant gravity about what was going on.

Then in the prequels, it often just felt like a full on comedy:

"Oh Jar-Jar tripped and grabbed that cart of bombs and it fell open and the bombs all hit some bad guys and oh hahahaha"

"Oh Anakin accidently turned on that fighter and flew up into the bad ship and accidently blew it all up and oh hahaha"

Even most of the villians seemed like a complete joke for the most part, aside from the sith characters themselves. The Trade Federation guys felt like Keystone Cops. The alien characters all seemed like caricatures, just full of silly voices, silly mannerisms, etc. Not just different or exotic, just perpetually silly.

That's probably what put people off the most. The fact that much of the time it felt like we were watching Spaceballs, not Star Wars.
This is exactly it. There was a SERIOUS problem with the 3 prequels. None of them felt like a star wars movie. They were filled with bad moments and even worse actors.

They completely and utterly butchered Anakin Skywalker. He was a bumbling idiot and an emotional wreck. Thats NOT Darth Vader. Darth Vader and Anakin were smart, calm, cool and calculating.

The first 3 movies are about the fall of the jedi and fall of Anakin to become Darth Vader. All we got was a goofy robot army and some shotty back story.
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Maniigoldo
01.19.2012 , 01:55 PM | #25
best movie of prequels was the revenge of the sith...awesome

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KivanSane
01.19.2012 , 01:59 PM | #26
Quote: Originally Posted by Gestahlt View Post
I can see where he's coming from.

Why would he want to make more movies when people devote their lives to saying they hate him?
4.4 billion in the bank Georgy.

Screw the critics. Make another.
Survey says : need more story....but we already have more story than anyone else ! ... too bad. need more story.

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adamqd
01.19.2012 , 02:05 PM | #27
The Original Trilogy and the Prequels were/are amazing! not a thing wrong with them IMO... The Clone Wars Cartoon? the anti-Christ franchise destroying catastrophe of death.

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Twinstorm
01.19.2012 , 02:06 PM | #28
Quote: Originally Posted by Arkerus View Post
They completely and utterly butchered Anakin Skywalker. He was a bumbling idiot and an emotional wreck. Thats NOT Darth Vader. Darth Vader and Anakin were smart, calm, cool and calculating.
If he wasn't an emotional wreck he wouldn't have turned to the dark side. All Jedi are cool calm and calculating. Thats what keeps them on the path of light. Sith are emotional, so if he was cool and calm then he wouldn't have turned to the dark side.

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RagnarokJC
01.19.2012 , 02:14 PM | #29
It feels like I just wandered back into the GD forum, since there's almost as much childish whining coming from Lucas.
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Gestahlt
01.19.2012 , 02:23 PM | #30
"I don't want to make something if people insult me."

"HEH HE'S SUCH A WHINER!"

He isn't your slave.