1. Lucas is a truly terrible writer. I haven’t even seen the third of the new Star Wars, and don’t plan to, either. He ruined my childhood with his abortions called Episodes I and II.

  2. I still remember my excitement and anticipation for Episode I. I was in….9th grade? I can’t even remember. I was in high school, I know that. My friends and I went to the first local showing at midnight (we were probably the only geeks there NOT dressed up as characters), and it began dawning on me about a third of the way through….this movie was terrible. The writing was bad. The story was bad. The dialogue was laughable. The acting was wooden. The special effects were great….in number, but not necessarily quality.

    I was furious by the end, absolutely furious. Of course my one friend thought it was awesome, but he was (and likely still is) an imbecile with no taste in film. I, on the other hand, have very particular tastes, and I could see immediately that George Lucas had lost whatever magic he’d once had.

    Ironically, the movie that DID meet my expectations (and they were great expectations, believe me) was The Fellowship of the Ring. I have several quibbles with how some things were handled, but the TONE was right, the acting was great, the cast was spot-on (especially Ian McKellen, who is now and will forever be Gandalf in my mind’s eye when I read the books)….

  3. McGee, I couldn’t agree more. I recall going to the midnight premiere of Episode One with several of my pals and leaving the theater, not furious, but greatly confused and sad. The thing that really put me over the top into anger is when someone asked Lucas about a particularly odd scene (The rising and falling energy walls during the final duel.)
    Interviewer: “What the heck were those things going up and down during the fight scene?”
    Lucas: “Oh, we’ll explain them when we do the extended version.”
    Excuse me?
    I just laid out good money to see Episode One.
    Can I use my ticket stub to see Episode 1.2?
    I’ve detested Lucas ever since.

    Jackson’s LOTR extended versions, however, didn’t make me feel that way. I knew Jackson had an “unfilmable” story to tell and I thought that he produced what he could for the mass market and did a damn fine job. He made the films as stand alone pieces and didn’t expect the audience to require supplemental material so that it would make sense. If later it became possible (through DVD) to EXPAND on an idea, not EXPLAIN it, fine.

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