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Star Wars Saturday!

I sat on the couch with my two sons this morning (the youngest in my lap) and watched two episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Watching lush CGI Star Wars adventures on a Saturday morning with my boys was a treat. I've read a few reviews of The Clone Wars, and they've all been negative. Pity those who never outgrow their hip cynicism.

I'm thrilled at the prospect of this series. George Lucas employed an army of artists to create characters, ships, costumes, locations and such to flesh out the three prequel films. It would be a shame not to use all of that work to provide fans with some additional adventures in that universe.

I particularly liked the on-going reminder that "the Old Republic" was not defeated by the Empire but rather it became the Empire. The Republic warships are early versions of the Imperial Star Destroyers that we see in episodes IV - VI. The chest plates on the Jedi generals are the same later worn by black-clad Darth Vader. Those Republic warships are commanded by the same British-accented admirals that later command the Imperial Navy.

I like that when the clone troopers take their helmets off we can see that they've made attempts to establish themselves as individuals with different hair cuts. Also, we learn that the republic makes every effort to evacuate wounded clone troopers and provide them with medical attention.

Most of all, I like the expanded canvas that a TV series provides. If you like Star Trek: The Next Generation, imagine if the only Trek material featuring Jean-Luc Picard you ever saw was Star Trek: Generations, Insurrection, and Nemesis. Would the phrase, "Tea: Earl Gray, hot," even ring a familiar chord in your consciousness? A TV series allows for so much more depth of character and complexity of story than a movie or even a series of movies can.

Perhaps I had the advantage of genuine child-fan enthusiasm in the room that I could tune into, but I have zero truck with critics who claim that this series is ruining their child-hood Star Wars memories.

The boys are now playing Lego Star Wars on the PS3.


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Oct. 11th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
I've avoided the series simply because it looked absolutely terrible (aesthetically and story-wise) and the voice-overs were annoying. Lucas's banal arrogance hasn't helped, either. Would you be watching it if you didn't have children?
Oct. 11th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
"Would you be watching it if you didn't have children?"
My first child was born in November of 2000. I was 32. I'm now 40. I haven't been a non-parent in nearly a decade. Had I not become a parent I have no idea where I would be living now, what I would be doing (for money or for self-actualization), or who I would be.
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Re: "Would you be watching it if you didn't have children?"
I haven't been a soldier since 1996, but I can still think like one.
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Re: "Would you be watching it if you didn't have children?"
I'm 40 and don't have children, but being my age, that means I've thought about the Star Wars universe for thirty years. This is the kind of thing I would have gone bezerk over as kid and it is still fun now.

I think the new show is terrific, full stop. We get to peer into the lives of the minor characters and I think with some time, this may flesh out the Star Wars universe.

My big criticism, which other fanboys* have expressed with greater disgust than I can, is the attempt at silliness. The Roger-Roger robots are more Keystone Cops than appartachiks of evil Sith Lords. Why dark lords of the Sith would choose such campy helpers is beyond me.

*Think the Comic Book Guy on the Simpsons. Yeah, that guy.
Oct. 12th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: "Would you be watching it if you didn't have children?"
It's well-done. I was surprised, also dried an eye.

Funny i've been into Star Wars lately.
Oct. 14th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
Cool video: Zeitgeist Addendum
Folks this is totally off topic. but I just wanted to push this out there:

New feature-length Zeitgeist Movie.


Oct. 15th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
I thought the Clone Wars was the best thing about the prequels. Sure, it doesn't look as good as the movies, but it was actually interesting and had (gasp) a decent and coherent plot.
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