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05.19.99 diary entry

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Star Wars Prequels, in Retrospect
Tuesday, 05.24.05

Quote of the Day:
"What use are lofty Jedi pronouncements if they lack a way to resolve a basic human emotion?"
MSNBC article, "Forced to explain: 10 things the final 'Star Wars' should resolve"

May 19, 1999
" roommate Brandy has already been to see 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' which starts today in Gainesville. Stuart is probably sitting in the theater right now watching it, and my other roommate Liesl just left for a later show. What's wrong with this picture? I am the one who watched the original trilogy everyday as a child! I am the one who knows all of the old movies practically by heart! And I am the one who has tickets for Friday night at 7 PM. The system is corrupt. That and the fact that I didn't go out and buy tickets as soon as they went on sale. Due to the fact that I have class at 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM, which kind of breaks up the day. (By the way, it is raining again - hard this time.) Oh well. 'The Phantom Menace' will wait for me, I guess. Stuart says that the movie won't change between now and then, but I have my suspicions. Too bad I will have to walk around with my ears covered until 7 PM Friday unless I want to know the ENTIRE plot before I go to the movie! The price you pay for inactivity is mighty high these days. I will have to find some other way to amuse myself while my apartment is empty. I guess I could laugh at the people who are waiting outside in the rain for the movie now, but I sincerely wish I could be one of them right now. *sigh*"

May 21, 1999
"The fans that WERE disappointed must have been the ones who were expecting the best movie they ever had seen or ever would see. I am not one of those fans, but I do have to say that some aspects of the movie were a let-down."

"To make a long story short, I could have done without Jar Jar Binks completely."

"The name of the game is continuity. This is a personal message to George Lucas: if these new movies do not fit with the original Trilogy I will be angry beyond words. I won't be responsible for my own actions if you screw up here, buddy! Since there are still two more movies to present I can't talk too much about this one. So far I can't make Alec Guinness' portrayal of Ben Kenobi match up with Ewan McGregor's role. A few things aren't adding up. Perhaps I am a bit too picky here, but I guarantee there are fans who will pick Phantom Menace apart much more closely than I have. Not that I complain about the use of Ewan McGregor! He's a hottie all right! Notice, however, that the Scottish accent of Obi-Wan's youth transforms as he enters old age and becomes English. Wow! Gotta find out the secret for that."

"After I see Phantom Menace the second time (or the third, or the fourth...) I will have more to say about it. How will I be able to wait until 2002 for the next movie? Only time will tell."

May 23, 2002
"Somehow Anakin was going to turn to the Dark Side and there had to be a reason behind it. After Episode 1 I predicted that his mother would be killed and that his anger would drive him to the Dark Side. I admit that this didn't happen exactly as I prophesized, but the general theory was sound."

"I figured that Mace Windu wasn't going to make it through Episode 2. So I was wrong about that. Then I figured that if Samuel L. Jackson was going to survive to swing his lightsaber again three years from now someone else would have be sacrificed. And the only other candidate was Jango Fett. Killing him off not only gave Windu a purpose in Episode 2 (something that was missing in Episode 1), but also gave his son Boba something to be angry about. Much like Anakin Skywalker, in fact."

"(As an afterthought, I knew Count Dooku was going to make it to Episode 3 simply because he was in possession of the Death Star plans. This simple deduction conceived while watching Episode 2 seems more intelligent in retrospect. Most people thought of Count Dooku as the enemy of the moment and figured he would die at the end of the movie, much like Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace. Besides the fact that Dooku was my favorite character, I was hoping that a decent adversary would last longer than a lightsaber battle. Even one with my favorite character from Episode 1, Qui-Gon Jinn. When the Death Star plans were thrown into the fray I knew the Count would be that adversary.)"

May 22, 2005
"Even though the hairstyles were a bit weird (even considering what I expected from Padme) I really liked Episode III. Despite the fairly significant inconsistencies between it and the original trilogy, I was pleased with several of the minor loose ends that were tied up to make them fit together. Like when Obi-Wan picked up Anakin's lightsaber after their battle. It's the same one he gives to Luke in Episode IV and I was happy that that little detail had been included. Too bad it was the wrong color."

-Lauren Gleason