Except it didn’t. George had two more stories to tell and that leads us to Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In these films, the future Darth Vader is an angry, petulant man-child portrayed by angry, petulant Hayden Christensen.
Here's the thing about prequels: you know where it's got to go. So the journey to get there better be very interesting. Stretching out the journey of Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader over THREE over long movies was the opposite of interesting. By the time we get to angry, petulant Anakin Skywalker falling into an angry, petulant volcano, the reaction is "it's about damn time!" The helmet and the breathing apparatus goes on and Anakin is now Darth Vader and its really hard to give a damn.
I had no problem with a prequel to examine the origin of Darth Vader. It just didn't need to be a set of three movies set in the past. Star Wars fan wanted the franchise to move forward.
So the excitement over Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not just that it's a new Star Wars movie but a new movie that moves things towards the future. Star Wars fans are excited because they're finally getting what they always wanted.
As I post this, I have not seen the new Star Wars yet. That will be Sunday afternoon (and yes, I already have my tickets.) With the reviews being almost universally positive, I'm really looking forward to seeing this movie. I'll have more about that experience in Monday's post.
Tomorrow is a Doctor Who entry as I look at the entirety of Series 9. How do all 12 episodes rank from worst to first? I'll cover that tomorrow.
Then its Stars Wars time again and after that some holiday themed posts as we get closer to Christmas.
Until next time, remember to be good to one another.
I'm So Glad My Suffering Amuses You