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Subj: The second trilogy was misguided from the start
Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 at 11:49:23 am CST (Viewed 788 times)

Forget elements like Jar Jar. There was something far more fundamental that was misguided from the start.

The movies shouldn't have focused primarily on Darth Vader. There was no way to do that properly without sacrificing the sense of hope every Star Wars film should have. Anakin Skywalker's downward spiral into the dark side is the opposite of hope. A proper Star Wars film couldn't possibly be made from that impetus. I think the creators could feel that to some extent, and struggled against it, using such stratagems as focusing the first movie on Vader as a cute little boy, and the second movie on Vader as a young man in love. None of this had any chance of succeeding. We knew where the story was going.

Instead, the movies should have focused on Obi Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn as the protagonists and Anakin Skywalker as a tragic and initially reluctant antagonist, Darth Maul as an important antagonist in his own right, and of course the main antagonist being Palpatine. Qui-Gon Jinn should have lived to nearly the end of the third film. Darth Maul should also have. The Jedi could have had several important victories, to provide us with the vital sense of hope. The birth of Luke and Leia could also have been presented as a beacon of hope at the very end of the third film.

Do you see what I'm saying? These shouldn't have been movies about Darth Vader's fall from grace. That fall should certainly have been depicted, but as one plot thread among many, and not the dominant one.


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