There are some things that should not be tweaked, messed with, ruined, etc. But some people can’t help themselves, they see something they like so they tweak it, and tweak it, and reproduce or reprocess it until it is ruined. Like my grandfather once said about fixing something with superglue. “This is one of those times where a little dab’ll do ya, but a little more will @$^% everything up.” Yeah. Disney is now doing this with the Star Wars franchise.
Yes, in a blockbuster deal Disney, the ever-expanding, media gobbling outlet, acquired Lucas Film, Skywalker Sound, and ILM, along with the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises and several other lesser things for $4.5 Billion yesterday from George Lucas. Quite the payday for Mr. Lucas, but now what is Disney going to do…..ruin the franchise. Yup. They are planning tentatively an Episode 7 in 2015 to be followed by 8 and 9 in the future and then another film every couple of years after that. They’ll probably hit us up with another couple of Indiana Jones movies and ever release a sequel to Howard the Duck, ew.
I’m sorry, without Lucas, Star Wars ends with the disappointing episodes I, II, and III, of which three is the best because Hayden Christian or whatever his name is lost both legs and an arm in one swipe on Mustafar. Obi-won rocks. Whatever his name is should have worn the Darth Vader mask for all of II and III, it would have suited his craptacular acting better. but, I digress. I am really here to talk about the end of an era. Hey, the Star Wars franchise had a good run, we waited 16 years between ROTJ and TPM and we liked it, sort of. We put up with the crappy made for television movie, The Ewok Adventure, and some bad cartoons, and a bevy of media marketing. The movies were re-mastered, tweaked, special effected, deleted scene added and CGI’d and we put up with it. But no more, I am getting off where Lucas got off.
Yes, they’ll make more movies, and we will probably go to see them and end up buying them on DVD or Bluray or Skelkwank for our children and grandchildren. However, they won’t really be Star Wars movies. No, we’ll educate them by letting them watch the far superior IV, V, and VI…not the remastered versions, but the version where Han takes the first shot, where the Sarlacc doesn’t look like something from little shop of horrors, and where we lived most of our youth during the late 70’s to mid 80’s.
It really is the end of an era once Disney says, “We’re going to exploit this franchise to the last drop and squeeze it like a turnip until nothing it left.” you know the same kind of mentality that has produced more straight to DVD crap than Roger Corman. Well, I am off to watch Empire, one because all this talking about Star Wars has got me in the mood, and two, out of the three it is the best.