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Carson Harris

The original Star Wars films from the late 70s-early 80s were cinematic masterpieces that gained one of the biggest (if not the biggest) sci-fi fan followings of all time. The movies were fun, action-packed, a little cheesy, and incredibly imaginative. They captivated audiences young and old with the exciting story of Luke, Leia, and Han Solo as the travelled the galaxy to fight the evil Darth Vader.

Then, over a decade after the release of the final instalment (Episode VI), it was announced that George Lucas was going to make a series of prequels to the Star Wars saga, starting with Episode I, released in 1999.

The reaction from fans was huge. Everyone was excited to see a return to the galaxy far, far away and relive the glory days of the Star Wars releases.

Excitement built even more when it was announced that big name actors such as Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, and Samuel L. Jackson were cast in leading roles (as opposed to the original trilogy where Harrison Ford was the only actor to have an acting career after the series ended)

Geeks and non-geeks alike had high expectations for this new movie, which promised to show the backstory of Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker

Emotionless performances from the cast A not very interesting story An annoying child Anakin Skywalker Aliens that all speak English with strange accents for no

apparent reason Way too much CGI


And everyones favorite thing to hate about Episode I:

Horribly annoying voice Poor attempts at humor Strange Animation Racist stereotype of African-Americans and

Jamaicans.
Added little to the story Made everyone want to punch him in the

face every time he spoke

In fact, people actually made websites

dedicated to creating ways to creatively kill Jar Jar. Heres one persons list of 590 interesting deaths:
http://freaky_freya.tripod.com/diejarjar.html
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Spent way too much time on Padme

and Anakins forbidden love story

Liam Neeson wasnt in it. Jar Jar Binks was in it Very little plot progression (worse

Pros: Yoda is no longer a puppet.

than episode I)
Still too much CGI Anakin being angry all the time
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Actually a pretty decent movie Great fight sequences Convincingly told the story of Anakins

transformation
Tied up loose ends between the prequels and

the originals
But unfortunately, it did contain

Despite being inferior movies, the prequels did well in the box office But after the disappointment of Episode I, sales suffered Here are the sales of the Prequel trilogy vs. the Original trilogy:

Box Office Sales


500000000 450000000 400000000 350000000

Sales in $US

300000000 250000000 200000000 150000000 100000000

50000000
0 Episode IV Episode V Episode VI Episode I Episode II Episode III

Episode

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Disney recently bought the rights to Lucasfilms


Read the story here: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-03-07/how-disney-bought-lucasfilm-and-its-

plans-for-star-wars
It has been announced that episodes VII, VIII, and XI are in production Will they live up to the good name of the originals? Could they be any worse than the prequels?

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