I’m a purist. I admit it. To me Star Wars will always be “The Star Wars”; “Empire” and “Return” will always be episodes two and three. When the trilogy continued, got over talky and political instead of Saturday morning western fun, I lost interest.
It would appear, I’m not alone.
Dear George Lucas:
Remember, in the original “Star Wars” (oh, sorry, now called “Episode IV – A New Hope”), after Han Solo killed Greedo in the cantina, he flips a coin to the bartender and Bogart-edly drawls, “Sorry about the mess”? It’s now time for you to say the same thing about how you’ve sullied our memories of the original (1977-1983) three adventures.
Can’t say I disagree.
“Clone Wars” is a mess, a loud, clunky “bucket of bolts” – to use a phrase several characters say in the movie itself – that clutters the “Star Wars” landscape as badly as “The Ewoks: Battle for Endor” TV movie from 1985. Essentially just a videogame with a layering of kid-friendly cutesy thrown on top, “Clone Wars” isn’t even as entertaining as the “Empire Strikes Back” game for the Atari 2600 back in the mid-‘80s.
I’m not anxious to go watch a toon. Even a computer animated one.
Sorry, but Star Wars starts at “Episode IV” for this consumer. The light-saber fights aren’t martial arts-choreographed, there aren’t as many long CGI cityscape shots, and there’s less detail about the Senate politics. It was about the rebellion, the evil empire, and our rag-tag band that fought against the odds.
Enough of the prequels, sequels, and cartoons.