Saturday, February 25, 2012
Best. Saga. Ever.
Best Saga Ever! I just got back from watching Star Wars Episode One in theaters. It's been nearly 13 years since I first saw it, but I still remember my first time. I remember how huge the screen look as the opening scene unfolded. I remember watching in awe during the pod race. I remember how amazed I was at the speed of the light-saber duels--much more intense than the original trilogy. Alec Guinness would be proud. I remember needing to pee at the beginning of the pod race, but I didn't want to miss a second of the movie, so I sat through the pain. Both times I watched it during its first release. It brings back a lot of memories.
I remember hearing all the accusations that it was very racist. I thought that was all a bunch of lies. Now, I totally agree that racial stereotypes were played up. I still remember how Jake Lloyd made me dislike all child actors (though Dakota Fanning bolstered that) What I didn't remember was how morally grey Qui-Gon was. I forgot that the special effects weren't the greatest; in some respects the original trilogy outdid its newer counterpart.
It's been a while since I've watched Episode One because, well, it's Episode One. I would insert some clever witticism comparing it to another movie, but let's face it: When talking about a boring part of an action series The Phantom Menace is the low standard by which all other movies are judged. Even with all the negatives (and I won't even mention the terrible dialogue and even worse delivery) it was worth it.
What would be truly epic, however, is if they did two more trilogies. One chronicling the Knights of the Old Republic (which could maybe tie into Palpatine's back story or at least some really cool Sith origins), and the other could chronicle the back story of Yoda, Mace Windu, and Qui-Gon. And if the first trilogy doesn't go into Palpatine's origins, this one could. And no, there is no way I want George Lucas to have his hand in this. Christopher Nolan should direct. If anyone out there knows Lucas or Nolan, pass this idea along. It would be epic. Any ideas for story details?