No he didn't. Sure, early on in the article he acknowledges that all the ALL of the "prequels" are horrible, but then he goes on to write way too much about why one should watch them in a certain order, if for some reason one would ever want to submit themselves to something that boring and horrible. He suggests that maybe they are being presented to some kid who can't appreciate special effects unless they are made by computers or something, but that's a pretty weak justification. I have no idea why anyone would think the first prequel is any worse or better than the other two. They all suck and never need to be watched again. By anyone. For any reason.
The author told you when to stop reading. If all you want is the original trilogy, and you " couldn’t care less about the prequel trilogy ," you should have bailed at the first picture. Hilton acknowledges that watching just the originals is a totally valid approach and the one he generally uses when he feels like watching Star Wars.
You said: "he goes on to write way too much about why one should watch them in a certain order, if for some reason one would ever want to submit themselves to something that boring and horrible." In case you couldn't tell, that is the entire point of this whole post. It could be taglined "How to include the prequels in a Star Wars viewing experience the least painful way possible." Your insistence that nobody should ever watch them is fine as your point of view, but probably isn't going to be 100% effective at preventing these movies from being watched. Some will, upon encountering IV, V, and VI, ask "aren't there some others? Can we pleeeease watch those too?" and they will, alas, be without your infinite wisdom and guidance to steer clear.
The prequels are obviously not as good as the original trilogy, but let's not deify the third act of the original trilogy just yet. The original post is correct: REVENGE OF THE SITH MAKES RETURN OF THE JEDI A BETTER MOVIE, sorry, but Return of the Jedi just wasn't up to snuff with the other two. Fortunately, Revenge of the Sith had the opposite impact on the prequel trilogy: ROTS salvaged the prequels.
The place where we're forced to bite the bullet is Attack of the Clones. There's no getting around it, if you want the "full experience" you need some of the contextualizing that only AOTC provides. They really should have started the prequels there, done a better job with the love story (also, made it a subplot with the war being the main plot, not the other way around, which is what they ended up doing) and not left the telling of the Clone wars completely up ot the EU, or at the very least spent a couple of films developing the start of the Clone Wars, but the tangent that was The Phantom Menace was just bullshit. For starters Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi should have been combined into one character...called Obi-Wan Kenobi. He should have been the lead of that film and the anchor for the series, he's the most relatable prequel character, and if Lucas hadn't written him as stupid, and kept putting him in situations where he doesn't get to do anything (we were pretty much forced to watch Anakin, a character we didn't care about while waiting for Obi-Wan and the main plot to come back onscreen while watching AOTC for the first time) we might have gotten a decent movie out of this schlock.
I agree. Mr Hilton has clearly put a lot of thought into this, and it is well-argued, but his premise is that you would watch the prequels to answer the question: How did Anakin become Darth Vader? I don't think that the answer given by the prequels (that he was torn between love and power and tried to have both by becoming evil) is an improvement on the one suggested in the original trilogy (that he was impatient for power). The prequels give more detail but make less sense. Fundamentally, it is not worth enduring the pain of the prequels to find an answer we already sort of knew being embellished to the point of absurdity.
Not only that, Ep 1 Shows the initial manipulation by Palpatine of the trade federation, which forces Padme to put a vote of no confidence in the senate, allowing jar jar to elect palatine and subsequently allowing Palpatine to become elected supreme chancellor..
I might add if the author finds Master/Apprentice relationships confusing.. he might wanna try a different Saga of movies.. the Master/Apprentice relationships are a key part of the downfall of Anakin..
Obi-wan having been an apprentice to Qui-gon up until the battle with Darth Maul at which point his master is cut down, forcing the young inexperience (essentially still a padawan) Obi-wan to take on the training of a volatile, emotional young Anakin.. this has a massive effect on both characters..
People might be being a little to harsh on Lucas about Ep 1, you have to remember these books were written in sequence, i.e 1 thru 6, not 4, 5, 6 written first then he decided to write a prequel or 1, 2, 3..
Thinking of it that way this was one of the first Star Wars books that was written.. the story hadn't evolved.. I'm really glad to see that the quality of the story increased so exponentially over the next 5 movies..
Episode one in my eyes is about Anakin, and is a stark contrast to where he ends up, Thats the point of Ep 1, to show the transition from an empathetic child who cares for others, 2 episodes later, this child has lost all empathy and has been corrupted by the dark side
It holds a lot more credence than you think.. Just because you dont like a few of the characters(padme and jarjar need to be fucking shot, burnt, buried, dug up, shot again, dismembered and then fed to the rancor) doesnt mean the underlying theme of the episode has to be lost
that's actually false. he'd written a script treatment for the entire original trilogy at first intended to be one movie. then when it got too long, he took the part that became the original star wars and made that first, fully intending to revisit and make the other two sequels.
i don't know why so many people think this. at the very beginning of the 1st movie released, the 1st thing you see is - star wars, episode iv, a new hope. so it was obviously not one stand alone movie.
"Ep 1 Shows the initial manipulation by Palpatine of the trade federation, which forces Padme to put a vote of no confidence in the senate, allowing jar jar to elect palatine and subsequently allowing Palpatine to become elected supreme chancellor"
It has all that, and people still accuse the movie of being boring and convoluted! Sheesh.
Ain't that the truth Andrew. After watching the Machete Order myself, I saw episodes 2 and 3 in a completely different light. Originally they were terrible and I still find them terrible but in this order, 2 and 3 reinforced the original trilogy powerfully and I now find them just as integral to story as the original trilogy. I say all of this as a guy who hated the prequels.
Just as Darth Vader is deciding between his son and the Emperor . . . while hearing Luke's cries of "father, father" over the sizzle of electricity, hit pause, take out Jedi, and put on the Holiday Special. When that's done, pick up with "Jedi" where you left off.
4 is way to young for star wars. i 1st watched it with my oldest son when he was about 7. (by the way we watched 123456, wish i would've read this 6 years ago) when we watched 3, he didn't like it. he was afraid and he lost some interest in the last 3 movies. when anakin killed all the jedi kids almost quit watching. just my two cents.
I've always assumed that when Leia says she remembers her mother, she isn't recalling her own memories, but using her innate command of the force to peer into a past she never experienced. This isn't something she understands or knows she's capable of. To believe they are distant memories is reasonable.
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