On the Star Wars Prequels

I recently worked my way through the Star Wars prequel trilogy and it left me wondering, as it often does, why people hate it so much. Oh, I understand that the retcons are annoying, and the quality is perhaps slightly less than the original trilogy, and it’s not as personal a story and so fans felt cheated…and yet, if you look at the prequel trilogy with the benefit of hindsight it’s really not that bad. It comes down to a matter of intent. The original trilogy was a personal morality tale, in essence, spanning three movies. As such the characters were developed, and it had a good balance between action and story. The prequel trilogy, in contrast, is in essence a mix of political commentary and action flick. And for a mix of political commentary and action flick, it does the job pretty well–it tells a back-story, on a grander scale than the original trilogy, but it was meant to be less personal. So I say quit bashing the prequels–they’re not worse than the original trilogy, they’re just different.

Published by Devin Hogg

My name is Devin Hogg. I was born and raised in Carnarvon, Ontario, Canada. I moved to Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2009 for university and lived here ever since. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching TV and movies, going on long walks, swimming, and practicing Chen style Tai Chi. I love to write poetry and blog regularly about topics such as mental health, sci-fi/fantasy series, faith, sexuality, and politics.

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