Phantom Menace with Gungans replaced with a less annoying race and not have them abused and sacrificed by Amidala, a better space battle, no introduction of R2 and C3PO and no mention of Medichlorians and it'd be great. Oh and a first act that doesn't just rush through establishing the setup would be appreciated too. Still best of the prequels tho.
The Prequels are bags of wank. There are 'pockets' of fun actiony stuff: lightsabre fights, battles, Dooku, Obi-Wan- that I enjoy watching. But they fundamentally messed up the basic story-line. It doesn't fit with the original films, and is CGI'd to hell.
I like the lightsabre fights though.
I was the one who let you know, I was your sorry ever after, '84, '85. Give me new toys and I'll decide, but I'm really only after, '84, '85.
Episode 9 seems all the more abominable given how good The Mandalorian is - there really are people at Disney who still get it*!
The prequels are ok, really, but one of the best things to come out of them is Clone Wars from which there's a clear line through Rebels to The Mandalorian, thanks in large part to Filoni. There's some world class worldbuilding around Mandalorian society, and some amazing visual design to go with it - the original CW Mandalorian episodes were beautiful.
* to be fair, I think Rian Johnson also gets it, and I would have liked to have seen what he would have done with the trilogy he was originally going to be developing divorced of any obligation to the "Skywalker Saga" (which reached a satisfying end with ROTJ in my view)
I agree, and without getting into specifics or spoilers, The Mandalorian appears to have nothing to do with the Skywalkers (at least going by what I have seen of it). Neither did the original movies really have that as a main thing: Lucas didn't decide that until he came to make the Prequels and the Sequel makers bought into that in, er, a confused way.
The Mandalorian appears to be off doing its own thing. References to other SW stuff are very subtle and don't require the viewer to 'get' them. It's more like a show set in the same universe as the films rather than tying into them as such.
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True true. Prior to Ep9, we had Rey as a complete nobody. It was a masterstroke by Johnson. For too long Hollywood has had lazy connections between characters forced in to sequels where the original conceit didn't. (It's possible that Vader/Luke and Luke/Leia popularised this trope, and but in most cases it's lazy writing) You could argue that with Star Wars' 'poetry' on themes that Lucas added this legitimises the connections to prior characters, but to have the reveal in 8 was a total shock.
The issue was then the denial to the theorists of Reys origins. Was she a clone? Was she Lukes secret daughter as Luke and Leia had been hidden before her? No! And the mass populace were dissatisfied. So Disney compound their mistakes in Ep9.
Considering how audiences tired of Star Wars films coming out so close together, I must admit my reaction to ten new Disney Plus series being announced, including a "crossover event" with The Mandalorian did make me go: "Oh fuck off!".
When will they learn? Star Wars works when it's an *event*.
At cinema maybe. Though I think quality and variety was more the issue.
But personally, the decade when we got 12-20 episodes a year of Clone Wars and Rebels was fantastic. If the guy responsible for that is in a position to give us 24 episodes a year of Mando/Ashoka/New Republic alongside Favreau and the host of great writers and directors that they've been able to get on Mandalorian then Im not gonna complain. Plus however much Bad Batch they make.
The rest sound more like one offs and likely spread over a few years so Im not expecting to be overwhelmed.
Watching the sequel trilogy for the first time back to back and.. oh boy!
Having not watched The Last Jedi since cinema I had forgotten that my main complaint wasn't that it was bad or even different, but just how much it ignored the obvious sign posts in the Force Awakens. It retroactively makes TFA worse.
In TLJ timeline, Rei, the Falcon and the map to Luke all just happen to be on Jakoo. It just makes everything....... so... uh!
Oddly I dont think ROS does anything to help on that particular point, but I'll see when I get on to it.