TV’s Frink said:
My wife and I have long suspected George has Asperger’s. This is not an insult (those who know me understand why) but an observation on both his strengths and weaknesses.
This is a really profound idea that makes so much sense as to seem obvious in retrospect. Obsessed with details but not a great understanding of the workings of relationships… wow.
Yeah, I’ve considered this before and I think I agree with it. I don’t know him or anything so I can’t say for sure, but from what I have seen of him and do know about him I think it’s a possibility. He’s not good at communicating-actors say he was always very distant and aloof and difficult to talk to. He’s far more concerned with (and more skilled with) technical details than he is with dialogue, character motivations, relationships, etc. He tends to speak in a rather monotone, rambling and detached fashion in interviews. He doesn’t seem to be all that empathetic or concerned with the desires of his fans or anyone else, focused with a tunnel-vision on “his vision.” And a lot of times he doesn’t really seem to be socially aware at all.
Yeah, I can definitely see it.
As someone who actually has Aspergers, I’ve definitely noticed it. But I didn’t have that explained to me until 2006. So in 2004 when I watched the original trilogy on the dvd, I found them kind of boring. But when I rented episode 1 in January 2005, I really liked it. Finally colorful sets and interesting locations that didn’t look based on John Portman brutalist architecture. (think Atlanta buildings used for Hunger Games)
The dialog and other politics never seemed to bother me that much, it was there and that was all that was necessary.
Oddly enough, I did not enjoy Anakin in Episode 2 that much, even I thought the acting to be off.
Now, as someone who has a more jaded and skeptical view of the world, I relate a lot more to Han Solo. Plus driving for Uber is somewhat analogous to being a space pilot I guess. So yeah, Han is definitely my favorite character and while I have mixed feelings about Force Awakens, I thought Harrison Ford was perfect in that role again.
So more about the OP topic. I do feel that Clones is the worst of the prequels, well any Star Wars movies. My biggest thing with it was that it felt like a mystery novel with all these interesting questions that quite simply never felt fully answered. You have to pay very careful attention to learn Tyrannus ordered the clone army and then later Count Dooku is called Darth Tyrannus by Palpatine. We still never find out why someone wanted to kill Padme. The jedi are all like “we will solve this mystery and figure it out” at the beginning and then later on just seem to forgot about that in their rush to go from one action scene to the next.
There was no unmasking scene like at the end of a Scooby Doo episode where they caught the bad guy and he confessed that he was behind it all because so and so told him to. In fact Dooku actually tells Obi Wan the truth, there is a Sith Lord manipulating people in the Senate, and Obi Wan doesn’t believe him. The better thing to say to that would simply be “Go on, tell me more about this Sith Lord, do you know him by chance?”
Also, why couldn’t Anakin have visited his mother in the 10 years between Phantom Menace and Clones? Why did he love Padme so much like a creepy crush when if anything, from episode one he should have thought of her as like some awesome babysitter he once had as a kid and then AFTER he meets her again, he realizes he might have feelings for her. Why did Padme resist Anakin because she was a senator? If the Jedi have a code that’s one thing but there’s no rule against people in the senate dating. And then why did she fall in love with him after all the crap he did? It felt like it was out of pity, not love.
So basically Episode II was by far one of the most unfulfilling movies I can recall seeing.
Episode 1 was a slow paced introduction to Anakin, and a young Queen who had to deal with her world under attack. One took steps to become a Jedi, the other fought back to free her people. Like it or not, I thought the movie was pretty clear in what it was trying to do. (regardless of whether it succeeded)
Episode III was the fall of the republic and the end of the Jedi, rise of the Empire and beginning of Darth Vader. Again, the movie had a clear purpose.
Clones was just all over the place like a jumbled mess. It doesn’t really connect 1 with 3 at all, it just happens to be a series of events that takes place between the other two prequels.