I'm a Star Wars fan. Have been since the first movie came out. Seen them all at the cinemas when they first came out. Loved everything about them.
I didn't think we needed the beginning explained. even as a kid I got the premise. But the went and made the movies and this is where they made the biggest mistake of them all.
For over 30 years, fans grew to understand that the dark side was bad and the Jedis were good and that Darth Vader was tempted to the dark side and went there and then he built a death start but his son saw good in him and refused to give up and we were all teary-eyed and rooting for both of these characters to reunite.
Breathe. It was a classic story of redemption. Right?
Then along came Return of the Sith where Anakin Skywalker commits the unredeemable act of killing all the Jedi children.
I'm sorry, but there is no coming back from that. You're no longer a lost soul, you're an evil son of bitch who deserves to be strapped into an electric chair. And that was when I felt incredibly cheated because, for over 30 years I have understood that the dark side was bad and the Jedis were good and that Darth Vader was tempted to the dark side and went there and then he built a death start but his son saw good in him and refused to give up and we were all teary-eyed and rooting for both of these characters to reunite.
I can't wait to see the new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, which we get in Australia in December, right before Christmas. I'll go along to the cinemas and enjoy it. I'm a fan. I'm enjoying all the spin off and continuing stories. Yet because of the new movie coming out, what's on TV each Saturday in the lead up is the entire series so far.
On TV tonight is Return of the Sith. I will watch it. But I will be sticking my middle finger up at Lucas for ruining everything for me. I used to believe that a good person could do bad things and be redeemed through one good act - like throwing Palpatine over the railing and recognizing that his son was right to believe in him all along. But there is no redemption for a character who kills children so now I'll be watching and that scene and screaming "You got what you deserved" where for over 30 years I too have felt there was some good in him.
Thanks George, you've ruined the some of the best movies of all time for me.
Saturday, 28 October 2017
How George Lucas ruined Star Wars for me
D L Richardson is the author of the Welcome to the Apocalypse trilogy, the Shivers series, and 3 young adult paranormal books. She is currently writing a new sci-fi series Earth Quarantined. She grew up on sci-fi TV classics such as Lost in Space, Space 1999, Bionic Woman. Most of the movies she watched as a kid were on TV, and the first sci-fi movie she saw in a cinema was Return of the Jedi. She’s also a fan of classic horror movies such as Evil Dead and Hellraiser. She used to watch these on VHS as a teen with her friends when she was meant to be doing homework. Books are known to spill out of every available space in her home. TWo of her favorite authors are Dean Koontz and Anne Rice. Her favorite book is The Hobbit. When she's not writing, she can be found wandering in her yard waging war on weeds, watching back-to-back episodes on Netflix, playing her piano or guitar, curled up on the couch reading a book, or walking the dog.