A review of the new Star Wars DVDs. The author completely destructs a few of Lucas’ changes like the insertion of Jabba the Hutt in Episode IV and the castration of Solo’s character. The insertion of Hayden Christensen at the end doesn’t escape his wrath either. Not only does it upset the timelines but also inescapably ties the inferior prequels to the original:
By inserting an actor from the prequels, Lucas has made it philosophically impossible to separate the original trilogy from his weaker and less interesting work. After seeing The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, some Star Wars fans believed that they would be able to stick their heads in the sand and continue to enjoy the originals by pretending that the new installments never happened. George Lucas has now denied them even that cold comfort.
The author concludes with one faint hope:
It is a bizarre relationship Lucas has with his audience. He is the sole keeper of the gospel and he goes to great pains to show that he, and not his audience, is the arbiter of what is or isn’t changed in the Star Wars universe. But like any high priest, he has need of his lowly followers. Maybe some day, when enough of his audience has checked out, George Lucas will have the good sense to change his movies back.
Star Wars used to be my Thing. Well, that and Legos and G.I. Joes. However, my interest in Star Wars has definitely waned, and I think the lame prequels and alterations to the originals are substantial factors of this. Or maybe I’ve become a man and have put away my childish things . . .bah!