It’s a big ol’ universe

April 4, 2012 by Tim

So just to be clear, as far as I’m concerned Star Wars belongs to George Lucas, and he can do whatever he wants with it. I think the idea that “Star Wars belongs to the fans” is bull.

I do think a lot of what’s being done recently (ie, most since the original trilogy) is fairly hilarious… my point in a nutshell, if you haven’t seen it yet (from Star Wars Kinect):

However cashing in on a different/younger crowd like this is not “George Lucas ‘raping’ my childhood.'” My childhood was fantastic, and the original trilogy was a major part of it, capturing my imagination and providing me many, many hours of entertainment (both through the films themselves, and diving into the EU when I was in high school). Han Solo dancing to pop music, while laughably silly, does not detract from any of that. Likewise, Han Solo shooting second now does not erase from memory the first time I saw ANH (where he indeed shot first).

I think too many people say “George Lucas is destroying Star Wars/my childhood!” when what they really mean to say is “I want new Star Wars stuff to appeal to me as much as the old stuff, and it doesn’t. I’m really disappointed.”

It’s unfortunate that most of the more popular media (movies, television, and some video games) explores the more ‘kid-friendly’ side of Star Wars, whereas the awesome, nerdy, gritty, dramatic stuff gets confined to the pages of Extended Universe novels and comic books (which is still a great form of media just, again, not as widely seen/easily accessible). But it seems to be the hand we’re dealt.

I guess what I’m saying is that Star Wars is an incredibly massive franchise… and some of it has gotten pretty ‘childish/silly’. But there’s still good stuff out there with the Star Wars name on it (the aforementioned books… some of the Clone Wars tv series is pretty rad too). My suggestion is to get a good laugh out of Boba Fett’s crotch verbage, but don’t let it stand in the way of still finding/enjoying the Star Wars products that do meet your expectations.

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