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Right where I wasn't expecting it, I suddenly ran into an "off-topic" post on a weblog where somebody gloated over getting the Star Wars Vintage Editions and used it as an excuse to beat up on CGI effects in passing (throwing in a spot of Ewok-bashing for good measure.) As much as I try to remind myself that not all likes and dislikes will coincide, it can be very frustrating for me when someone whose other opinions I've started to respect cuts loose with what seems by-the-numbers complaints.

That, of course, wouldn't be worth bothering anyone else with... but before I retreated from the post in tooth-grinding frustration, I had noticed a point the person actually bothered to develop. They were commenting on how Tatooine was a gangster-ruled mess in The Phantom Menace yet an oppressive frontier in the original Star Wars... but added an explanation that maybe the Empire came in and cleaned things up. What especially interested me about the idea was the suggestion that this accounted for how Jabba the Hutt is a civic figure cheered by the crowd in TPM but has retreated to a castle in Return of the Jedi. It did manage to complement my slow realisation through the course of the new movies that Tatooine could indeed be both the home of Jabba and Luke Skywalker. (With that said, I do like the implications that Tatooine actually has more than one region to it, even if both of those regions happens to be a desert. Science fiction fans are very fond of complaining about how planets created for all sorts of stories don't have enough scope to them. Of course, at times I've toyed with that idea myself...)

Date: 2006-10-04 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazypadawan.livejournal.com
The Vintage Editions also included Ewoks, so I don't know what that guy's problem was.

Date: 2006-10-04 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krpalmer.livejournal.com
Perhaps what I should have said was that the post (what I saw of it) was a delightful blend of post- and pre-1997/9 "bog-standard" fan complaints. (To be fair, it was really using the fact that the Ewoks destroyed some of them as grounds to twit the scout walkers.)

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