Star Wars, How Geeky are you?

If the answer is not very, stop reading now.

I downloaded the new trailer for Episode III tonight and I was very impressed I REALLY liked the trailer and the way it ties together all 6 films, the film itself also looks like its going to be great

A few weeks ago we bought the The Trilogy on DVD and spent the weekend watching it in the dark, I really enjoyed it, I’m not bothered by the fact that its special edition and not the original, with perhaps the exception of one scene. At the end of Return of the Jedi when the Ewoks are partying there is a shot of Obi Wan, Yoda and Anakin all smiling and looking on together. In the DVD this scene has been edited to replace the original actor with Hayden Christiansen. In some ways its a nice touch from Lucas, which he has been careful with in the earlier movies, to link everything together but I am just not sure if I think this adds anything to the movie.

Whats your take on George Lucas changing that final scene?



Comments (6)

  1. leon says:

    I actually quite like it. Hayden does a convincing young vader and it creates a greater sense of continuety with the newer (shite) films.

  2. geek says:

    Very disturbing. I think Lucas’ films have been declining in quality, sacrificing story for spfx. The first film is such an exciting, uplifting experience, bristling with creativity and excitement. As the series moved fwd it got better (Empire – the best film in the series) then started sliding (Ewoks, JarJar, Anakin accidentally destroying the Death Star, etc). I’m not sure if I’ll even bother to see the last film. For me Star Wars will always consist of the first three films (that is, IV, V and VI) and I’ll do my best to ignore the others. The fact that Lucas continues to twiddle with previous versions of the films is just silly. Didn’t he plotall this stuff out in advance? Somehow I don’t think he did – why else would he have to tweak scenes in earlier films to preserve the storyline? I have the first three films (again IV, V and VI) on videotape and do not plan to buy the DVDs unless the original versions are released.

  3. Andy says:

    I haven’t made up my mind on that scene, either. I can understand why he did it – tie all six movies together and such. But somehow, it just doesn’t sit right with me. Of course, that could be due to the fact that I grew up with Sebastian Shaw in that scene for the last 20 years. It will probably just take some time to get used to.

    One thing that I liked about The Trilogy on DVD is just how clear and crisp all of the scenes were. I couldn’t really put my finger on what is different, but somehow the movies just looked better, somehow.

  4. A former fan says:

    Changing that scene is butchery. But then again, changing anything in the originals and not offering them alongside the new versions is an artistic low.

    It doesn’t really matter, though, because he’s run the franchise into the ground with the new, crap episodes. Episode III will be even crappier than the last two.

    What used to be magical is now just Disney in space.

  5. Dean Harding says:

    Well, they’re his movies and he change them as he pleases. But still, I’m not convinced that was the right thing to do for that scene.

    If you listen to Lucas’ commentary (which is on the DVDs) that’s about the only scene where Lucas actually comments on the change (mostly he just seems to ignore them in the hope that we miss them or something). He says it’s something to do with the fact that after Vader redeems himself before dying, he gets to take on his "good" appearance in spectre form. Or something.

    I just hope I’m not dissapointed with ep. III, but I try not to get my hopes up…

  6. Euan Garden says:

    Wow lots of comments on this one!

    Geek, I agree with the Jar Jar and Accidental destruction of the Trade Federation Control Ship. Apart from this one part of controversy I am actually pretty impressed with the way the films are hanging together between 1/2 and 4-6, not too much of it feels forced.

    I was VERY disapointed with Episode 1 but I don’t think Lucas stood a chance of meeting expectations, my expectations for II were lower and the film mostly met them. Anakin felt a little too angry given the cute little boy that we last saw him as though.

    Andy I agree that Trilogy looks at feels good, thats my primary reason for not complaining about it being special edition.

    A former fan, I do wish they have kept the absolute originals around as well, just to be pure, but if I can only have one, this would be it.

    Dean, my hopes are also pinned on Ep III at this point, its gonna be the make or break of the "first" 3 films for me.