Sunday, August 8, 2010

Star Wars Celebration V is this upcoming week

The schedule for Star Wars Celebration V has reared it's head and I certainly noticed a lot of the same type of programming we all experienced at the last two Celebrations we attended. However I'm still glancing through the entire rundown just out of curiosity.

One of these panels is listed as follows:

6:00-7:00 -- Why We Love the Prequels
Special guests Kyle Newman (Fanboys), James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), artist Tom Hodges, and Jesse Hildreth from Lucasfilm Animation in Singapore, join moderator Bryan Young. "Why We Love the Prequels" is a discussion of Episodes 1-3 in a positive light, with panelists sharing their perspectives on their place in the Star Wars Saga. From Darth Maul to Darth Vader and all points in between, learn what we love about the Prequels and why they should be held in the high esteem they deserve.

If we were in fact planning to attend, I'd say we go into this particular panel with giant fire hoses and TURN ON THE F-ING WATER!!! Now THAT would be an amazingly funny time!


At August 9, 2010 at 9:07 AM, Anonymous Allen Pinney said...

Oh stop... please... my sides are aching... can't stop laughing...

At August 19, 2010 at 4:04 PM, Blogger Bryan said...

This was a great panel. You should have come to the panel and had your mind changed a little bit.

At August 19, 2010 at 8:53 PM, Blogger LA Filmcutter said...

Bryan, in all fairness if you love the "Star Wars" prequels, that's cool. I appreciate some aspects of each of those movie, but on the whole my heart will forever remain with the original classic trilogy. It's what I grew up on, and those first three films came from Lucas during a time when passion drove the story, the look, and the feel of a galaxy far, far away.

Unfortunately (if you read my August 14 post about Gary Kurtz) Lucas literally turned to the dark side right after "Jedi". All he cares about now is the toys and not the movies. This is why I and a lot of other fans felt that that very passion which drove the franchise 30 years ago was a mere shadow during the time of the prequels release. It wasn't until I heard Steve Sansweet at Celebration IV in LA say that there are fans who love the classics and can't stand Episodes 1-3, then there are fans who completely embrace the new editions to the saga but find the originals to be slow and clunky, that I realized there really are two sides of appreciation for Lucas' creation. It's all in the perspective of these two generations who each claim their "Star Wars" movies are better.

Fans like myself hope that some day we'll actually be able to see George give the same love he does to the original theatrical versions of "Star Wars", "The Empire Strikes Back", and "Return Of The Jedi" the way he does now to the 'special editions'. I truly wonder whether this will actually happen as long as Lucas is alive.

Ultimately when I watch the original trilogy I don't connect them with what we saw in the prequels. It's almost like that was the telling of the tale from one viewpoint but not necessarily THE viewpoint (even though it came from Lucas himself). There's something to be said for the mystery that is what you don't see. That mystery is in one's imagination when thinking about how Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi came to the point where we saw them during the original "Star Wars". After watching "Menace", "Clones", and "Sith" I marveled at the technology that brought it all together and appreciated most that Lucas, in the third chapter, took it to the wall when it came to depicting Anakin being burned and disfigured by the fire of the lava. I honestly thought he'd softened too much over the years to really show the graphicness of that moment, but he did and I was impressed.

The prequels do have their high moments....but for me, nothing can compare to Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie taking on The Empire.


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