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#1478569
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George Lucas's Sequel Trilogy
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thebluefrog said:

In ROTS, by specifically introducing an entirely new character and his Midi-abilities, Lucas was laying down narrative threads for his microscopic plot in the next chapters.

uh , yeah , I call BS on this , he didn’t have anything layed down for after ROTS … …In a 2008 interview in Total Film, Lucas more categorically ruled out anybody else ever making the sequel trilogy - or other future Star Wars features. Asked if he was happy for new Star Wars tales to be told after he was gone, Lucas replied:

“I’ve left pretty explicit instructions for there not to be any more features. There will definitely be no Episodes VII–IX. That’s because there isn’t any story. I mean, I never thought of anything. And now there have been novels about the events after Episode VI, which isn’t at all what I would have done with it. The Star Wars story is really the tragedy of Darth Vader. That is the story. Once Vader dies, he doesn’t come back to life, the Emperor doesn’t get cloned and Luke doesn’t get married…”[38]​

Speaking after Disney’s 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm, Lucas (sitting alongside new Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy), said, “I always said I wasn’t going to do any more, and that’s true, because I’m not going to do any more. But that doesn’t mean I’m unwilling to turn it over to Kathy to do more.” but , then again , he did have vague idea of the sequels back in 1983 , but no real plot fleshed out , just this vague statement “The main theme of the trilogy would be moral and philosophical problems, such as the necessity for moral choices and the wisdom needed to distinguish right from wrong, justice, confrontation, and passing on what you have learned” I highly recommend the George Lucas time travelling revisionist thread elsewhere on these forums for more info

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#1477538
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Unpopular Opinion Thread
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Yeah , it’s an interesting opinion Malgus presents and I think he is presenting it in the right place . I had no problem following Vader’s trajectory when I saw the OT during its original run however , I understood that years had past between the first two films and by ROTJ , I could understand Vader’s motivations and inner conflict .I didn’t need the prequels to understand any of that . I did have a curiousity to see what made him turn to the dark side though ,built up in interviews in various publications at the time . Some of it came to pass and some of it was flawed in execution. Every kid in the 80s knew his back story as the one where he battled Kenobi over a molten pit and fell in ,to crawl his way out of that fiery pool , to paraphrase what was said in publications that were labelled official , such as Star Wars Official poster monthly and even a George Lucas interview in Rolling Stone . Instead , we get Kenobi chopping his limbs off and leaving him at the edge of the lava flow ,to scream and burn to death as he turns his back on him .The damage is done though ,and I hope the Kenobi show addresses it , but I think the OT stands just fine on its own .

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#1476078
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What do you think of The Prequel Trilogy? A general discussion.
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BedeHistory731 said:

Also, adding “I think” helps your statement stand out as less of a statement of fact and more as you provided an informed opinion. This goes for everybody.

Of course it goes for everybody , although, the title of this topic thread implies a solicitation of opinion . Though I disagree with most of what Stardust is putting forth here , he is giving his opinion and he has a right to it . With that said , his arguments have been discussed elsewhere on this site before . Personally , I THINK , Hellogreedo hit the nail on the head in addressing it a few years back https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FGBGcvWkdM but that’s just like , my opinion man ( as well as HelloGreedo’s and , I suspect , many others ) .

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#1472548
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The Alan Moore Star Wars comics
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I first read them when Dark Horse comics collected them in the late 90s in a two issue series with the odd title of Devilworlds . I hade been aware of them for years but this was my first chance to read them here in the U.S. I liked them and my favorite was the Story Dark Lord’s Conscience where he played an odd sort of chess game called fire path with a Cthulu like being ( Who Borgullet from Rogue One reminded me of ) . I think that story had the best art out of them . I also liked the Bizzare Tilotony throws a shape and being a fan of the original Marvel comic run , it finally gave an explanation for Leia having a broken leg in issue 35 ,though it’s probably just a coincidence , it’s in my head canon .Overall , they were interesting and surreal stories off the beaten path and fun to finally see , as were all of the other U.K. stories that took decades to be published here .

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#1472124
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Bought a 1992 Original Trilogy Box Set on VHS from Goodwill, but.....
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JadedSkywalker said:

There is a US NTSC letterbox set from 1992 but far less common. Its not rare either. But back then everyone wanted full screen tapes.

I have this set of the letterbox tapes and they come from the same video master as the Japanese Special Collection, the same as the US first issue widescreen laserdisc releases. With the same misframed image to fit the Japanese subtitles which aren’t on the video but they never corrected them.

Jedi is the worst effected. And it wasn’t corrected until the remastered THX releases which began with the definitive laserdisc collection and faces laserdisc, and also the widescreen tapes.

^ I bought that set when it first came out , would often tell people who were against the black bars on the top and bottom that this was the directors intent and that when watching fullscreen 4x3 movies , you were only seeing a portion of the whole image , a movie screen is rectangular , not square . They would look at me in complete bewilderment . Funny how things changed over time . I still have all the tapes as well as the book and certificate it came with , but lost the box and my TESB tape in a move . You are right , its not rare , and it pisses me off that people are artificially inflating the price of this set on Ebay . I would like to replace what I lost . The same thing is starting to happen with the prices of the red hi-fi label individual tapes . What makes me laugh the most is when I see articles about " The most valuable vhs tapes of all time " , and they show a picture of the 95 faces fullscreen box set , which is literally the most common and widely available set out there .

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#1471929
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Did Lucas forget that Obi Wan served Bail Organa in the Clone Wars ?
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JadedSkywalker said:

I guess i was expecting more swashbuckling action Anakin following Obi Wan on a damn fool idealistic crusade.

Yoda being Obi Wan’s teacher, Leia’s mom dying on Alderaan when Leia was like 5 years old or something. Owen Lars being Obi Wan’s brother.

Luke’s father being a good friend and a great pilot. And i mean in the films not having to go to other media to get that characterization, like the Clone Wars.

Showing the actual clone war on screen, the purge of the Jedi by Vader. All the things hinted at during the filming of the OT.

^ yup , and I will add , Anakin telling Obi Wan that he wanted Luke to have his Lightsaber when he was old enough , Anakin falling into a molten pit while dueling Kenobi being an accident, rather than getting his arm and legs chopped off by him in self defense after which he stands there and leaves him burning to death , the Clone Wars being plural and happening on screen and not just the start and the end of them , with the rest being filled in by a cartoon . These were the things that stirred the imaginations of my friends and myself in the 80s while playing out the scenarios with our action figures in the sandbox and talking about them .

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#1471402
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Did Lucas forget that Obi Wan served Bail Organa in the Clone Wars ?
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and Qui Gon was a late addition to The Phantom Menace , a lot of concept paintings by Doug Chiang show that It was just supposed to be Obi Wan by himself . He is even depicted wearing a modified version of Luke’s Jedi tunic , which was what many thought the traditional garb of the Jedi was supposed to be . And 20 years is not that long in the scheme of things …I am 50 years old and remember events from 20 years ago in vivid detail ."a certain point of view " was just something Lucas pulled out of his ass when he backed himself into a corner writing ROTJ , as was Leia being the other/Luke’s sister , as evidenced in the documentary From Star Wars To Jedi The Making Of A Saga .

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#1465847
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The Place to Go for Emotional Support
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I have had these feelings on and off throughout my life . At times it was due to situational depression . Something a friend said to me years ago actually helped a bit , he said , " maybe it’s not you that’s fucked up ,maybe it’s the world . " another thing that has helped me in recent years is that 5 years ago , I suffered from a severe systemic infection and lost my lower right lobe of my right lung to it , as well as being diagnosed with type 2 adult onset diabetes . I almost died and it took me a year to recover . It was hard to find motivation to do anything for a bit , I knew I had to do what exercise I could to get my strength and blood sugar under control and found the solution in music …uplifting , motivational music . I started out by just walking for 15 minutes at a time and within a few months I could do a full aerobic work out and use light dumbells . I would suggest talking to your doctor about what kind of exercise you can do …it takes a while to get going as well as a bit to feel the results ,but it gives one a healthy dose of endorphins which can vastly improve ones mood and outlook . I am also here if you need someone to talk to . Feel free to pm me .

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#1464812
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George Lucas's Sequel Trilogy
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oojason said:

screams in the void said:

oojason said:

Don’t forget the version of the Sequels… that were novels (back in 1999):-
 

In 1999, an interview with George Lucas in Wired magazine, titled ‘Grand Illusion’… just a few months before the ‘Vector Prime’ book (from the ‘New Jedi Order’ series of novels) - began being heavily promoted (with tv advert and poster campaigns), a series of novels which Lucas himself was involved in and contributed to…

Interviewer: “What about the reports that Episodes 7, 8, and 9 - which exist in novel form - will never reach the screen?”

George Lucas: “The sequels were never really going to get made anyway, unlike 1, 2, and 3, where the stories have existed for 20 years. The idea of 7, 8, and 9 actually came from people asking me about sequels, and I said, “I don’t know. Maybe someday.” Then when the licensing people came and asked, “Can we do novels?” I said do sequels, because I’ll probably never do sequels.”

^ Grand Illusion - the full article at Wired.

 

A little more background info can be found here:-

https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWarsEU/comments/hr1tnz/behind_the_scenes_the_making_of_the_new_jedi
 

For some reason , I am unable to see that article on reddit at that link . Sounded interesting from the comments . Was it removed , or is there a back up link ? or conversely , could you post the text of the article here ?

Hiya screams 😃 My apologies - I should have also said this too… click on a space where the text should be - and it will all appear.

I’m not sure if it to do with the text being a little lengthy - or an old spoiler code or something - but clicking on it should work, mate. 👍
 

It worked , thank you . It was an interesting read . I also found it peculiar that George’s sequel treatments that have recently come to light ,if true , would have heavily used ideas from the conception of NJO ,while at the same time , cribbing heavily from the old EU and placing characters out of their original time and context , like Darth Talon etc .

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#1464694
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What is your main way of watching the Original Trilogy?
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for most of the past year , my main way of watching them has been either the 92 VHS letterbox versions or the full screen "faces " Vhs set , all on CRT televisions linked together with a soundbar hooked up to one , computer speakers to the other with a long aux cord running to the back of the room from those computer speakers, and going to either my Sony boombox ,or , lately , a portable speaker . I created my own thrifty little surround sound system and have gotten a lot of enjoyment from watching this way .

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#1464693
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George Lucas's Sequel Trilogy
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oojason said:

Don’t forget the version of the Sequels… that were novels (back in 1999):-
 

In 1999, an interview with George Lucas in Wired magazine, titled ‘Grand Illusion’… just a few months before the ‘Vector Prime’ book (from the ‘New Jedi Order’ series of novels) - began being heavily promoted (with tv advert and poster campaigns), a series of novels which Lucas himself was involved in and contributed to…

Interviewer: “What about the reports that Episodes 7, 8, and 9 - which exist in novel form - will never reach the screen?”

George Lucas: “The sequels were never really going to get made anyway, unlike 1, 2, and 3, where the stories have existed for 20 years. The idea of 7, 8, and 9 actually came from people asking me about sequels, and I said, “I don’t know. Maybe someday.” Then when the licensing people came and asked, “Can we do novels?” I said do sequels, because I’ll probably never do sequels.”

^ Grand Illusion - the full article at Wired.

 

A little more background info can be found here:-

https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWarsEU/comments/hr1tnz/behind_the_scenes_the_making_of_the_new_jedi
 

For some reason , I am unable to see that article on reddit at that link . Sounded interesting from the comments . Was it removed , or is there a back up link ? or conversely , could you post the text of the article here ?

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#1463680
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George Lucas: Star Wars Creator, Unreliable Narrator & Time Travelling Revisionist...
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Servii said:

screams in the void said:

Yeah , the Legends/canon debate never really bothered me as I remember when the original Marvel comics were kind of dismissed in the 90s and not considered worthy of " Canon " status , and then a decade or so later , they were incorporated into the EU novels and comics etc . Plus , you have the fact that though George didn’t see the EU material as part of his universe , he still often cherry picked from it , from the prequels to the clone wars and even to his sequel trilogy treatments . Which is what the current iteration of Lucasfilm under Disney has been doing a lot of as well .So I see that as relevant to this threads title . I have been making the point ,often ,as well , that the legends material is still in print and yes , a lot of it is even being re issued with newly commissioned cover art .A lot of people act like those stories were wiped from existence when that is clearly not the case .The way I see it ,with everything out there , anyone is free to follow one or the other or even mix and match to suit their tastes where it fits . There’s something for everyone and I will never complain about it . I just read/watch what I like and ignore the rest . I remember the dark times , from about 1986 to 1991 when there was hardly any Star Wars material available .

That’s a good way of approaching it. Star Wars is like a buffet. You enjoy what you like and leave the rest for others. It’s not really worth it to get caught up in which stories are canon or not, since they’re all works of fiction, anyway. The old EU’s “softer” approach to canon, with the different tiers and all that, was more supportive of that “buffet” mindset, since you could take or leave individual stories based on what you preferred. Disney canon is more monolithic by comparison, though that may be starting to change now with stuff like Visions and the KOTOR remake.

yup , it is like a buffet , and with the current canon , I also take or leave individual stories based on what I prefer ,as I do with the old EU .

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#1463618
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George Lucas: Star Wars Creator, Unreliable Narrator & Time Travelling Revisionist...
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Yeah , the Legends/canon debate never really bothered me as I remember when the original Marvel comics were kind of dismissed in the 90s and not considered worthy of " Canon " status , and then a decade or so later , they were incorporated into the EU novels and comics etc . Plus , you have the fact that though George didn’t see the EU material as part of his universe , he still often cherry picked from it , from the prequels to the clone wars and even to his sequel trilogy treatments . Which is what the current iteration of Lucasfilm under Disney has been doing a lot of as well .So I see that as relevant to this threads title . I have been making the point ,often ,as well , that the legends material is still in print and yes , a lot of it is even being re issued with newly commissioned cover art .A lot of people act like those stories were wiped from existence when that is clearly not the case .The way I see it ,with everything out there , anyone is free to follow one or the other or even mix and match to suit their tastes where it fits . There’s something for everyone and I will never complain about it . I just read/watch what I like and ignore the rest . I remember the dark times , from about 1986 to 1991 when there was hardly any Star Wars material available .