Prequels Were Better
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Sorry lads, but it's clear to all that our greatest fear has come to pass: the prequels were actually better.
The reason for this is simple. The prequels, unlike TFA, had actual identifiable moments of intense drama and emotion, moments when the viewer was deeply invested.
>Final duel/death of Qui'gon in Ep. 1
>Monologue by Yoda at the end of Ep. 2 about the all consuming power of the dark side, etc.
>Lots in Ep. 3: Anakin's fall, Order 66, Palpatine's speech establishing the Empire, etc.
None of this was to be found in TFA. The grand moment in the thermal oscillator felt mechanical, and the viewer is distracted the entire time by the ignominious miscasting of Driver as the villain--it's hard to be afraid of someone so dorkish, ugly, and weak looking. There's also no buildup of their relationship. Viewers just have to take it on the writer's word that Solo and Kylo had some kind of prior bond since there's no attempt to show it.
Cold; calculated; mechanical. These words characterize TFA. The prequels may have been clumsy and amateurish, but at least they had genuine emotion amidst the goofiness.
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>Longing for innocence is all that the insipidness of the latest sequel, The Force Awakens, signifies. When director J. J. Abrams re-stages that primal moment, he does it for brand recognition, but so unimaginatively that it feels hackneyed. Even though it’s meant to be painful for rabid Star Wars fanatics, it lacks mythological significance. Star Wars fans are not required to think metaphorically, so any Oedipal meaning is lost (although there is something of millennial ingratitude in the new filial confrontation), just as the original scene’s impact was ignored in subsequent sequels.
>The new characters in The Force Awakens are banal. John Boyega’s black superhero, Finn, updates and restyles Han Solo’s jockish heroism — a cultural evolution that evokes Obama (“I was taken from a family I’ll never know”) for global commercialism. Boyega is appealing-enough to surpass the series’ previous racial tokens, Billy Dee Williams and Samuel L. Jackson, but he is subordinate to the new gallantry of Daisy Ridley’s Rey, who embodies the female empowerment denied to Princess (now General) Leia. Rey “leans in” when she grips the Skywalker light saber, so that feminists can rejoice at the Disney Corporation’s calculated political correctness (although Rey’s competence with weaponry contradicts liberals’ convenient attitudes toward gun control.)
>TV-show runner J. J. Abrams brings his game-changing banality to the Star Wars franchise. He follows the template as originated by Lucas and appeals to adolescent thralldom, keeping the brand recognizable. The Force Awakens is paced better than Star Wars’ other dismal episodes, yet it’s even more impersonal. There’s no visual or spiritual excitement, as there was even in a cynical sci-fi product like Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Abrams is making product to salute the cultural and economic status quo. With Star Wars, product has not only taken the place of art; it has replaced myth.
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This thread contains spoilers about the new star wars film, If you would like to not be spoiled, go ahead and tuck this thread away, It'll probably be gone by the time you watch it but still. Readers Beware
/tv/ lets talk about the Holocaust. Specifically the Endor one. Now for those who haven't managed to watch the original trilogy, you have no excuse, they're fucking everywhere, you wouldn't be able to avoid it if you lived in a hut out in the woods, I know I've seen copies of the special edition sitting there covered in piss. But still here's what happens. Lando with the help of whatever alien that thing is, flies the Millennium Falcon into the Death Star through all that empty space and blows it up, saving the forest moon of endor from total annihalation blah de blah de blah, but science says that he didn't, indeed all the debris raining down on Endor more than likely kickstarted a nuclear winter, making it completely uninhabitable for centuries to come.
Now the next film is out, and good or bad, I've got a question. Did something worse than the Endor Holocaust happen in this film.
Here's the skinny: You've got the Death Star 3.0, aptly named the Star-Killer and this one actually kills stars. Stars you see are the main power source for this weapon, it just hoovers it up like Mega-Maid, storing all its energy inside some big science word that probably doesn't do whatever it is they claim it does.
Now a Star has a lot of energy, Earth's Yellow Sun produces 400 trillion trillion watts. Which is a ridiculous number that I can't really comprehend because the national debt is still only 2 digits into the trillions. What is comprehensible is that this is a LOT of energy. Now given that E=MC2 this also turns into a LOT of mass, The sun, in which we based our equations on has 1.989E30 kg of mass.
There's a part two to this post, because over analysis is over analyzed.