Why the new Star Wars trilogy is a bad idea

Nearly a month ago, LucasFilm announced that it has been purchased by Disney, promising new films in the Star Wars franchise. For many Star Wars fans, this sounds like an awesome prospect. Me on the other hand, I’m not so certain.

Earlier this month, I watched Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi from beginning to end. IMHO is wasn’t as good as the other two classic Star Wars movies, but it was still great. I was aware of the Disney purchase at the time, but I wanted to forget about that for a while. I watched the ending (keep in mind that I was watching the edited version with the ghost of Hayden Christensen), and something struck me. It wasn’t Hayden Christensen being pasted into a 1983 movie, that I got over after a while. It was how final the ending felt. The Ewoks were celebrating the defeat of the empire (even though the Death Star explosion should have caused a nuclear apocalypse on Endor), and we flashfoward to a celebration scene that reminded me of the prequel trilogy (which I saw first).

Keep in mind that the possibility of a sequel trilogy was highly debatable at the time, but I don’t think Disney will take care of it. And I’m not saying that because of the season 16 finale of South Park (which has no place in this topic by the way). I’m saying that because they’re the same people who made John Carter, and that was a terrible movie. Aside from that, I don’t think they can rationalize even one sequel to Return of the Jedi, but at the same time I don’t think there should be another prequel trilogy. If you hated The Phantom Menace, try imagining what would come before that. Not to mention, it’s been nearly 30 years since we last saw Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia on the silver screen, and if the negative reception towards Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is any reliable indicator, then it just won’t be the same.

In conclusion, why spoil a good thing? The original Star Wars trilogy will be remembered for centuries to come. Do we have any right to ruin it? Absolutely not, and that, in addition to everything before this sentence, is why the new Star Wars trilogy is a bad idea. But that’s just my opinion. What about you?


4 thoughts on “Why the new Star Wars trilogy is a bad idea

  1. To be honest, although I was dfoubtful when it was announced, as more information has emerged I’m actually kind of looking forward to Star Wars VII.
    Michael Ardnt has been hired to write it and he did an astounding job with Little Miss Sunshine. He managed to prove his remarkable skills with fluid dialogue, charactorial dialect, a running structure and the effortless belnd of warm and cold emotions. Perhaps he’ll be able to bring the characters back the lives they lost in the prequels?
    I remember back when Disney baught Marvel. Everyone was joking around saying things like ‘The Hulk will be a boyfriend to Hercules’ and ‘Can’t wait to see Ironman try to wake Sleeping Beauty’. Yet, with the release of The Avengers, it would seem Disney know a surprising lot more than just traditional animations.
    Also, it would be interesting to see what a new director would do with the series. I’d particularly like to see Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) take the reigns because he knows how to make something dark and compelling.
    So who knows. Maybe Star Wars VII will surprise filmgoers and breathe a breath of fresh air into the series. Still, we’ll have to wait until 2015 to know for sure.

  2. I don’t know. I’m so confused & divided on this subject, I’m starting to resemble a session in the US Congress. If the films don’t suck, I’ll be so thrilled. If they are truly terrible…well, I won’t be thrilled and yet I love the idea of keeping the SW flame burning. Since you saw the new trilogy first, it’s a safe bet you are much younger than me. You probably don’t remember “the dark times” between ROTJ and the release of Timothy Zahn’s first SW novel (1992?). No SW buzz in the media, no Internet…it was nearly impossible to find fellow SW geeks.

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