There are many people so DEAD SET against him for creating episodes 1, 2, and 3 in addition to the “edits” made in the original trilogy – they claim it “ruined their childhood.” But on the other side of the spectrum there exists a group of loyal fans who’ll never say anything negative about the director. And, as with most nerdy cases, there exists a middle group who sees the validity in both sides of the argument – trying to remain neutral while staying true to their likes and dislikes.
My perspective is taken from an interesting angle as I sit amongst thousands of like-minded fans that grew up watching the original trilogy on the TV – commercials and all! But I also have the experience of having seen the old films re-released on the big screen for generation #2 to enjoy in remastered awesomeness. Not too long after that, Episodes 1 – 3 took center stage. One high school diploma, college degree, a marriage and a move from Iowa to Colorado later, I find myself in the midst of a third theatrical release of Star Wars in the shape of a three dimensional Episode 1.
I hate the new additions and edits George Lucas implemented into his original series – and I hate the episodes 1 – 3 even more! However, I understand that, despite these frustrations, my childhood isn’t tarnished by these changes. I can always go back and watch the Star Wars I grew up loving and pay no attention to, or skip over the “crap” that came with it. (If only I had kept my original Star Wars VHS tapes, I would be a happy man!)
The question still remains, even after 13 years of the release of Episode 1 – What is George Lucas after? What is he trying to do? Why take this kind of approach to a beloved saga? And the answers to these questions are internally answered by each fan, by way of saying “George Lucas is nothing more than a money maker who cares very little for the desires of fans” or “This is George Lucas’ story and he can do what he wants.” Which is the right answer?
Apprentice A presents a solid response to all of the heat fans of blowing at Lucas. He keeps an open mind while subtly expressing his own opinions…
The truth of the matter is, no matter what George Lucas does, he will always have loyal fans and haters…like most creators right? Enjoy what you want, but Apprentice A is right, George Lucas is paying a price.