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I was thinking "what could I post about this week?" today (and rolling a small idea around in my mind) when, on getting back from work, I happened to see a first report that not only had Disney paid a large amount of money to acquire Lucasfilm, but "Episode 7" was already preliminarily slated for three years from now. My instantaneous reaction was to be suspicious, so I started checking sources more aligned with my way of thinking, only for the news to be confirmed. After letting my thoughts percolate inside me for a few hours, when I started trying to set them down people whose opinions I've resonated with had already started turning out their own reactions.

Contemplating the people who, just perhaps having dwelt on the forest battle of Return of the Jedi a bit more critically than they could have for a little too long, were viscerally offended by "goofy comedy relief" back in 1999 and started forming negative perspectives on everything that followed to wind up thinking George Lucas should have just handed a few ideas to a whole bunch of other people and stood back, I could imagine them letting their hopes run wild. As someone who wasn't offended and started wondering if he was perhaps making a deliberate effort not to be, and wound up deciding six movies form a story with a beginning and end about a group of people against a galactic backdrop, I was more uncertain about whether I might react with "Episode 7: Missing the Point" or "Episode 7: Giving Them What They Want."

However, a comment back in a post theorising about why people were negative in the first place did come to mind and leave me wondering. If some people really were attached to their conception of Star Wars to the point of not being able to accept a new perspective, then I might be too right now, and there's something arrogant to "my private perspective is the correct one" no matter what it is (even if I manage to get enjoyment out of all the movies with them instead of rejecting some of them...) I suppose I'm also able to think a "continuation" isn't "essential" to me the way an "introduction" seemed to be to so many.

Date: 2012-10-31 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thrush
Interesting! I just read this news myself.

I am in the atypical camp of genuinely enjoying Star Wars without being a hardcore fan. I had mostly good to say about Episode 1 when it came out and I still enjoy it. But, in contrast to most of geekdom, I feel that the prequel trilogy got worse with each instalment. I suppose some of this does stem from my own preconception of how the Darth Vader tale ought to be handled, but I would also argue that the latter two films are just not as strong in terms of storytelling as others in the franchise. I don't think the story really needs a continuation, but then I think it was doing just fine without an introduction, either.

As far as the Disney acquisition goes, I'll admit part of me is saddened if only because Lucas, like him or hate him, was a distinct voice. Mass-market comittee-driven Star Wars will of necessity be much less distinctive. Nevertheless, I think there are reasons to hope Disney may prove a good steward. Minor grumbles aside, they have treated Marvel and Ghibli fairly well. They certainly have a deep pool of talent to pull from and deep, deep pockets.

Date: 2012-11-05 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thrush
so the arc does have a certain resonance with me
That's good! I think the main problem with the new trilogy is just what a high geek pedestal the originals were on; it was basically impossible to live up to the expectations most of us had, even casual fans like myself.

The Ghibli situation's still more unique, though.
True.
Edited Date: 2012-11-05 07:02 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-10-31 03:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazypadawan.livejournal.com
This is why I'm laughing at the fanboys who think this is their chance to get what they want. Sorry guys, but you may very well turn out to be disappointed again. In fact I'm betting on it.

Date: 2012-10-31 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krpalmer.livejournal.com
I admit it's easy to imagine certain people imagining the sale to be driven by George Lucas "finally figuring things out," but I suppose I've been contemplating the other side of it, the money put up. The thought may be inspired by press release boilerplate, but Disney seems to be thinking "this is an already profitable property"... a subtle rejoinder to the complaints that "starting over" is necessary.

Date: 2012-11-01 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazypadawan.livejournal.com
Yeah, I wouldn't buy a property for $4 billion, keep the creator/former owner as creative consultant, and insist on new movies if I thought it was defective.

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