Would George Lucas’ Star Wars sequels have been better than Disney’s? | Movie


As Darth Vader learned in Revenge of the Sith, the only real victories are pyrrhic in nature. When Disney bought George Lucas in 2012 and installed a new team in charge of Lucasfilm and Star Wars, many of us who hated the terrible prequel films (but loved the original trilogy) were ecstatic that the man who brought us Jar Jar Binks, as well as those gruesome CGI-assisted special editions of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, had been unceremoniously removed from the bar.It all started so well, too, with The Force Awakens, directed by JJ Abrams. No more tedious trade delegations, midi-chloreans and galactic senates, the back was space antics and realistic settings. And yet, in retrospect, it’s possible to glean the rotten roots that ultimately led to The Rise of Skywalker being the worst Star Wars movie since Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure – gaping holes, lost story threads, and a determination to cannibalize everything that was great about the original trilogy movies without ever advancing the action. Those failures were ultimately crystallized in the Abomination that was Abrams ‘second round at the helm, a film that seemed determined not only to flush out Lucas’ early films, but to ruin them in the process.

So what if we got it wrong and Lucas should have been allowed to deliver the sequel trilogy himself after all? A new book, The Star Wars Archives: 1999-2005, details for the first time the abandoned plans of the filmmaker. What’s horrible is that they would’ve made a lot more sense than bringing the Emperor back from the dead, turning Luke into a moaning wimp (although I still have a soft spot for The Last Jedi) and enlist the emo-Sith son of Han Solo patricide.

It looks like Lucas would have kicked off the new trilogy almost immediately after Return of the Jedi ended, carving the same groove the Incredible The Mandalorian is working in on television. “Episodes VII, VIII and IX would take ideas from what happened after the Iraq war: okay you fought the war, you killed everyone, now what are you going to do? Lucas said. “The stormtroopers would be like Saddam Hussein’s Baathist fighters who joined Isis and continued to fight. The stormtroopers refuse to give up when the Republic wins.

Leading the dark side of this new reality would have been Darth Maul, the villainous Phantom Menace who was once considered dead after his battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi in the previous film, but who has already been resurrected (albeit with legs from robot) in Star Wars Rebels Animated Series. Disney also brought Maul back in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but dropped that storyline when the film flipped. Lucas reportedly paired the red and black striped alien with a new female Sith Lord, Darth Talon, who plays the role of Vader from the new trilogy.

What’s striking about these ideas is that they make sense as part of a cohesive, multi-episode story arc. Many Star Wars fans might have hated the prequels, but at least they offered a rational (albeit chilling) explanation for how Anakin Skywalker ultimately became Vader. The sequel trilogy doesn’t even bother to explain how the First Order was born in The Force Awakens, as The Rise of Skywalker brings back Emperor Palpatine and reinstalls him as the Sith Lord Big Bad without a viable explanation of it. ‘where he’s been all this time. , and how he managed to build a massive fleet of star destroyers without any of the Galactic Empire’s resources at his disposal.

Let’s remember who we’re dealing with here… Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace. Photograph: Photo 12 / Alamy Stock Photo

The sequel trilogy felt rushed and under-planned, while the previous trilogy made it seem like Lucas was spending far too much time focusing on cosmic macro-politics. Perhaps, as Yoda would no doubt tell us, the secret to Star Wars is finding the right balance between extremely varied positions.

From both points of view, Lucas’s currently seems the more reasonable. And yet, we must not forget who we are talking about here. The writers of The Star Wars Archives: 1999-2005 also find time to get the filmmaker’s take on his appalling special edition releases, and it’s clear Lucas will go to his grave insisting that these are the final cuts from his famous trilogy. , CGI Jabba, the stoopid lizard Sarlacc and all.

“In a hundred years, the only version of the film that everyone will remember will be the special edition. The other versions will disappear, ”says Lucas. (I like to imagine him chuckling mischievously at this point, like Palpatine in Return of the Jedi.) “Even the 35 million Star Wars VHS tapes won’t last more than 30 or 40 years.

And so we have it: Just as it seemed like we might start dreaming of a Lucas-shot remake of the sequel trilogy, the man himself takes us right back to the sandy surface of Tatooine. Never mind, there’s another episode of The Mandalorian soon.


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