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2. Re-treading Old Ground
Their argument: That The Force Awakens was a complete copy of A New Hope.
Our counter: Just because something is familiar, does not make it a copy. A character example is that of Kylo Ren. He is an entirely different character than his grandfather. In fact, he is a pretender, a fake, and that’s the whole point. A member of the bad guys switching sides, in this case, Finn, had never happened before.
Finally, the purpose that J.J. Abrams had was to lay the ground work and get the story going again. Using a bit of nostalgia and familiarity is a good thing, and he made a new account that was his own in the process.
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1. The Enduring Legacy
Their argument: That The Prequels ruined everything about Star Wars.
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Our counter: That viewpoint could not be further from the truth, in my opinion. The Prequels expanded and gave us backstory that we’ve always wanted. We got vast worlds, intriguing politics, the Jedi in high numbers, and an origins story of the Emperor.
They mentioned the point of The Phantom Menace explaining too much of the Force, i.e., with midi-chlorians. I thought it was a nice touch showing the science of The Force, but still leaving much mystery on how it works.
Their most prominent blunder was saying that Episode III was the worst of them all. In fact, I believe that Revenge of the Sith was the best of not only The Prequels but on the same level with any of the originals. Hayden’s portrayal of Anakin/Vader was dark, moving, and had a vast amount humanity that was just brilliant.
Remember, George Lucas wanted to set Vader as the victim, not the villain. Revenge of the Sith achieved that goal and displayed just how tragic Darth Vader really was. We also got the Clone Wars and a plethora of prequel stories that spawned from the movies.
What do you all think? Has Star Wars lost its way? Or is it still right on track? Tell us on social media and in the comments section.