After Ten Years

That is the title of the fragment, attributed to C. S. Lewis, of a novel about Menelaus and Helen being reunited after the Trojan War. I’m not going to get into the Kathryn Lindskoog/Walter Hooper debate here. It’s been a while since I’ve caught up on it.

I just thought the title was appropriate.

Anniversaries are interesting things. We celebrate anniversaries of our marriages, and our births, and our baptisms, and first dates, and so forth.

10 years ago this evening I saw Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

After growing up seeing that “Episode IV” thing at the top of the scroll for Star Wars and hearing that Lucas had plans for a “prequel,” it was a pretty significant event for me, like many in my generation.

I’ve never understood why people had such a problem with Jar-Jar Binks, except that they don’t have a sense of fun.

Attack of the Clones was much better than Phantom Menace, and everything that Phantom Menace did could have been accomplished in a half hour to an hour. Fans were really expecting emphasis on how Obi Wan and Anakin “fought together in the Clone Wars”, or how Vader hunted down the Jedi. The long-held expectation was that “Episode III” would predominantly feature Darth Vader.

Instead, the prequels feature a lot of exposition and politicizing and intrigue with little action.

Attack of the Clones is hardly an “attack” and more like, “Investigation of the clones.”

The original use of “Clone Wars” in A New Hope was probably an allusion to the “eugenics wars” referred to in Star Trek (since Lucas is a huge Trekkie), but I, for one, had always thought that the Jedi were fighting *against* “the clones.” So the idea that the wars were called “Clone Wars” when the “enemy” were droids, and the “clones” became the basis of the Imperial Storm Troopers, is a bit confusing. It really should be the “Droid-Clone Wars” or something. . . .
So, ironically, with the Clone Wars 2D and 3D animated series on Cartoon Network (and movie last night), we actually saw more of what, I think, fans were expecting from the prequels.

Most of the Jedi in Episode III are actually killed by the clones, not by Vader. And when “Vader” kills the Jedi (mostly kids) at the Temple, it’s “just” Anakin, but now called “Darth Vader.”

So then Lucas said he was going to do a live action series about the intervening years, presumably dealing with Darth Vader “hunting down” the remaining Jedi (what, again, the third prequel should have been), but it’s been years since I’ve heard anything about that alleged project.

And this post is not at all what I’d intended it to be. . . .

But that was a significant event in a very important weekend.

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