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Emperor Skywalker by halnarthax87 Emperor Skywalker by halnarthax87
Okay, this was just an excuse to get another Star Wars rant off my chest. This time I'm defending... the prequels. When they first came out I was underwhelmed and a little disappointed, but it's been more than ten years since they started, I was a fanboy and I was disappointed but I've gotten over it. I watched them all together through a new lens and I've come to appreciate them more. While they're nowhere near as good as the originals, I see that therein is the reason people hate them. They had impossible standards to live up to, and that is be as good as or better than the originals. I appreciate that people don't like them as much as the classic trilogy, but the nitpicky whiny OT loyalists that can't get over their own pride and egos need to lighten up. Clearly they had no idea what the story was all about.
So why do people hate them? I think I've narrowed it down.
1. Obviously they can't measure up to the old ones, that's impossible, and so people had unreasonable expectations.
2. The new CGI made everything look far more advanced, even though it was supposed to be in the past. Well... YEAH! The original trilogy takes place in a sort of post-apocalyptic setting, and the prequels are about the galaxy in its glory days. Technology, pomp, and corruption were at an all time high, which is how the Empire came about by exploiting these weaknesses. During the Empire's reign we can see the differences between upper and lower class in which only the upper class has high technology.
3. The Jedi didn't measure up to how they were described in the OT. Even the Jedi Order was corrupt. They should have been living in harmony with nature and only using the force for knowledge and defense... instead they were living in the technological hub and quite trigger happy. Well, maybe this is why they got wiped out, that was the will of the force, the order was corrupt and had to begin anew.
4. Jar Jar... yeah everyone loves to hate him, but I don't mind him. At least not TOO much...
5. Dialogue, this is a biggie. The story and setting were fine but oh... my... god... some of those lines were just painful to listen to. It reached its peak in AOTC and again with that really awkward scene in ROTS between Padme and Anakin. Yet... I've grown to respect even those scenes with their subtle foreshadowing that many of us missed with our focus on the awful dialogue.
6. Continuity. Bridging the gap, yeah there are a few holes between the new and old trilogy. Anakin's lightsaber, Leia's memories of her mother, Obi-wan never remembering owning a droid (particularly the exact same one he'd been through much with...). I suppose you can justify these in whatever way you can think up, but they are a little bothersome.
7. Maybe this is just me, but I really didn't like Boba Fett's backstory, particularly just because they gave him a backstory, I liked him better as an enigma.
8. Puppets vs CGI. I guess this is debatable since the CGI did improve things in some ways... more detail and all that but I personally think models and puppets looked better since the CGI didn't always blend seamlessly with the real elements.
9. NOOOOOO! Oh please... why do people hate this line so much? Because Vader is supposed to be cool and calm? Please, he just realized that his one reason for going to the dark side and betraying his friends was now dead, he essentially had just lost everything for nothing. I'd shout NOOOO too frankly. "But... but... but Vader's not supposed to have any emotion!! Whaaa!" So you put on a new costume and instantly change who you are? The transformation was a slow one, he was still the same passionate person and it would be some time before he kept all his emotions in check.
10. Turn to the dark side... I used to think Anakin went over way to easily, like he just turned evil in that moment Sidious killed Windu. After rewatching the prequels I've come to appreciate all the foreshadowing and seen Anakin's transformation was a slow process. Here's how I think it went down... 1. Anakin has control issues, he can't deal with change and anything he has no control over. This is shown when he leaves his mother and whenever he mentions his distrust in democracy. 2. Chosen one, adjusting to this new life as a Jedi changed him from the nice kid he was to being egotistical and arrogant. 3. Raw unchecked emotion. Anakin is passionate, and he can't control his emotions, particularly his anger and his love. 4. Death of his mother. This was a pivotal moment, not just because he gave in to his rage and murdered several beings, but this is when his obsession with cheating death began, which goes back to his need to control things. 5. Loss of a limb. Lucas loves using this symbol, over and over and over. It's a loss of innocence, a humbling experience, and the beginning of the loss of his humanity. 6. A dark turn. You can see in episode III as a Jedi he has been sobered by his experiences. He has learned patience and wisdom, even advising Obi-wan to be patient. I think this is all a conscience decision on his part to counteract his inner fear, anger and darkness. 7. Fear of losing his love. I hated Padme's "Love has blinded you?" line, but now I see that it's actually a bit of good foreshadowing. Love is his underlying motivation in all this, but he is so obsessed that he loses sight of why he is in love. 8. Jealousy of Obi-wan. He never outright says it but it's clear that Anakin is suspicious of his wife and best friend... 9. Curiosity for the dark side. Palpatine's teachings go to Anakin's head, and now he's wondering what he could do with the power the Jedi won't teach him. 10. Confused morals. This was the breaking point for him. The Jedi have sunk to a new low in the name of the greater good. Their plotting and scheming to remove Palpatine from power at any cost causes Anakin to see the validity of Palpatine's claims. The place of a Jedi is to serve not govern, in fact Luke Skywalker realizes this is happening to his own Jedi Order years later and removes them from politics. Essentially the Jedi have fallen into a trap that the sith intended. And then there's one honorable mention from the Clone Wars mini-series, the vision Anakin had beautifully illustrated his downfall strictly visually. A warrior protects his loved ones from a dark power which he defeats, but suffers a wound from it. This however grants him unimagined power which he uses for good at first, but the more he uses it the larger and more uncontrollable it becomes until it destroys the ones he loves and consumes him. Isn't that the story of Vader in a nutshell?

That's all I can think of for now. Please comment if you have any thoughts, positive or negative, I'm open to the exchange of ideas and debate here.
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ZombieFighter116 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Well love never condemns a Jedi. It's the passion they should have taught to the Jedi, not to abstain from love.
halnarthax87 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Yeah... but really, the logic isn't consistent, ALL the jedi constantly get irritated and outright angry and aren't disciplined for that... but relationships are VERBOTEN apparently.
ZombieFighter116 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
True. I guess they know that Jedi are only human (or whatever species they are lol). If they feel angry, they have the right to feel it. But I think they teach the Jedi to not ACT on anger is all. Plus, I think the whole no-relationship thing is to try and keep the Jedi from swaying from the path. But I don't think that was such a good idea either. At least with the Sith, you have the right to feel emotions like anger and passion.
darthfomalhaut Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
The addition of Empress Skywalker would be all that is necessary to improve this pic.
BTW agree with you on the prequels; you summed it up real nicely dude!

"Dream big and dare to fail! I dare you to do that!" - James Hetfield
darthfomalhaut Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Actually I understated that. This has got to be one of the best defenses of the prequels that I have ever read. Excellent job.

"Dream big and dare to fail! I dare you to do that!" - James Hetfield
ediskrad327 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Finally agreed with most of what you said, some of the plot holes are filled with novels and comics. the whole jedi order thing is maybe the reason why Luke founded the new one in yavin 4,Boba Fett well i kind of liked his back story and how come some people after 12 years don't get over Jar Jar, i mean wasn't it enought for them to have him almost away for episode II and barely visible in episode III :jarksaber:
halnarthax87 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Yeah, I think I may be the only one bothered by Boba Fett's backstory. I just didn't like the fact that he was a clone among millions of the same guy, I thought that basically made him just a glorified stormtrooper. But really... I just wanted him to remain a faceless mystery like in the old days, with mere speculation pointing to his past. Oh well, at least everyone else seems to like his backstory.
OrochiBloodRiot Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
That would be sooo epic ^^

ok..there are alot of points i agree with....but number 7 i strongly disagree with....X3
halnarthax87 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Well that is just my own interpretation. :D
OrochiBloodRiot Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
indeed ^^
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