Making the prequels make sense

When George Lucas makes a tasteless chop suey out of his own mythology, it's nice that someone else tried to make sense of it:
As we now know, the rebel Alliance was founded by Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bail Organa. What can readily be deduced is that their first recruit, who soon became their top field agent, was R2-D2. ... When he needed reliable people to join the embryonic Alliance, who else would Yoda turn to but his old friend from Kashykk? Given his background, there is no way that Chewie would spend the crucial years of the rebellion as the second-in-command to (sorry Han) a low-level smuggler. Unless it's his cover. In fact, Chewie is a top-line spy and flies what is in many ways the Rebellion's best ship.
(Via Montykins.)

It doesn't necessarily make The Revenge of the Sith go down any better, but at least it shows how neatly things could have been resolved if Lucas had only tried.


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At 3/11/2007 6:11 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny that you end the post with the idea that somehow Lucas didn't try. I'm not sure it's a question of trying so much as a question of time, practise and environment. As a young director, he must have been more humble, more unsure of himself, hungrier, but most of all more in touch with the world. Oftentimes, people forget that success and time change people because they are themselves put into very unusual circumstances. Furthermore, some people are just touched by the muse briefly. Some of the good ones know when to stop (Rimbaud). Finally, he did take a ridiculously long break from writing. Surely his chops were rusty to the point of dereliction. This isn't to pardon the unusual scent of crappitude that exudes from Episodes 1-3 but maybe an attempt at understanding how this phenomena is all too common.


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