Saturday, May 26, 2007

A Long Comment

I found myself writing a long comment over here. The idea seems worth setting down here as well. There's talk about a live action Star Wars TV series. The blogger that got the comment was talking about how the second trilogy was a let down and how to make the TV show better they should go way back in the Star Wars timeline and set the story around the origin on the Sith. I think this would be cool, but I am not sure it will help it not suck...

Isn't this less about writing and more about audience? I too am of (what I term) the Star Wars generation - so much more expressive than "GenX" and I have a deep affinity for the original trilogy and the same take it or leave it indifference or worse to the second trilogy. But when Star Wars came out I was 9. By the time we got to Phantom Menace I was 31. As much as I feel like my generation OWNS Star Wars, the second set of movies wasn't written for us. It was written for our children and although I don't think they made the impression on the youth of their day that the earlier movies did on my friends and I; I also don't think the average 9 year old was nearly as disappointed with the newer films. Some of those kids actually liked Jar-Jar. That's because they were the audience.

So, will a live action TV show be good? There's certainly enough material to work from. The original storyline has been fleshed out to no end in comics and books. But will those of us that adored the original movies like it? That'll depend on if it is written for us.

If I could give George Lucas one instruction for the new venture it would be this: Make this series for the Star Wars generation. When I have kids, I will explain it to them.

1 comment:

RandomGirl said...

Eh....I think it could be okay. Sitting through all 6 movies in one sitting (about 17hours) the story line really changes and progresses. Certain character traits (like C3's annoying attitude) became much more obvious. Of course the response at the Celebration IV was good, and I know some people working on the show...