Friday, August 22, 2014

The Top 10 Reasons Why the Star Wars Prequels Sucked! , Zero Charm or Chemistry

I am a long time Star War fan, don.t get me wrong, but like many of us, who watch New Hope in 1977 so on we were looking for something along those line, We did not get it, I sat thought Jar-Jar Binks and on I can't ever watch the  Star Wars prequel , However  Star Wars: The Clone Wars  T.V Show are pack with far action and more enjoyable (Season 1-6 )  follows the Republic’s clone army in their struggle against Count Dooku’s Separatist forces, and features fan-favorite characters like Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, and Darth Maul.  so let hope that Star Wars: Episode VII Will Live up to all are hopes, My thought!

Star Wars: Episode VII Production Update

At the end of last year Lucasfilm and Disney invited all young aspiring actors to attend an open casting call for roles in J.J Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. The casting calls spanned 11 cities across the US and UK and over 37,000 hopefuls attended, with a further 30,000 submitting applications online.

Having hunted high and low for young and undiscovered talent, the filmmakers are delighted to announce that two actors from the open call call have been cast.
Crystal Clarke is an American actress studying in Glasgow, UK, who has both stage and screen acting experience and is soon to be seen in her first feature, The Moon and the Sun (to be released in 2015). British actor Pip Andersen is a skilled practitioner of parkour, a discipline that involves propelling oneself through any given environment with incredible grace and agility. Pip recently demonstrated this remarkable skill in a Spider-Man ad for Sony.

“The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition. We are delighted that so many travelled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film,” said producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

Meanwhile, principal photography continues at Pinewood Studios in London after wrapping on location in Abu Dhabi in May.

In August, the team will take a brief two-week hiatus while adjustments to the current production schedule are made as actor Harrison Ford recovers from a leg injury. Harrison is doing well and is looking forward to returning to the set soon. Shooting remains on track to wrap in the fall with the film scheduled for release on December 18, 2015. All Star Wars, all the time

It’s with no small amount of irony that I, of all people, compose this list of hate against George Lucus’ Star Wars prequel trilogy. During their production, as each released, and in the years since, I have been quite the prequel apologist. There are several aspects of the films which deliver, and perhaps that will make for a follow-up to this list in the near feature. However, with the knowledge that six new Star Wars films are coming in as many years, and seeing how Disney has thus far chosen to treat the property, the flaws of the prequel trilogy seem more relevant than ever.
On the one hand, these criticisms serve as warnings for J.J. Abrams and the rest of the creative team working on Episode VII, the film which will set the tone for those to follow. On the other hand, it’s a testament to the enduring legacy of the Star Wars brand that the franchise may yet flourish despite these missteps.
Here are the top 10 reasons the Star Wars prequels sucked:

1. Jar-Jar Binks

Lucas has defended Jar Jar as essentially no worse than C-3PO, who provided comic relief throughout the original trilogy. That fails to recognize the real complaint. People don’t hate Jar Jar because he’s funny. They hate him because he’s not. The Gungan proves fairly useless in any given circumstance, and that’s at his best. At worst, he’s a liability so destructive that his only redeeming characteristic is accidently hurting an enemy.

He even leads a vote in the Senate to empower the galaxy’s greatest dictator. Threepio he is not.

2. Yippie Little Annie

The prospect of exploring the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, doomed to become the Sith villain Darth Vader, held no end of promise. Unfortunately, little of that promise was delivered.

Again, I get Lucas reasoning in taking us back to Anakin’s youth. He wanted to emphasize the tragedy of Vader by showing us the earnest, sympathetic, and capable young boy he once was. But again, that could have been done in several ways without compromising the integrity of the character.

In the end, Anakin’s prequel arc portrays him as a manic-depressive who never should have been entrusted with responsibility of any kind. Instead of the good-natured child who fell into bad choices with good intentions, Anakin turns on a dime with no rational motivation whatsoever.

3. Lame Battle Droids

How do you get killer robots wrong? Just copy James Cameron, who proved the concept in Terminator. Recall the cold hard reality dished to Sarah Connor by her frayed protector, Kyle Reese:
Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.
That’s the sense of dread which should have been evoked by Star Wars’ battle droids. Instead, we got bumbling and half-assembled toasters which seem barely capable of crushing a bug.

I get that Lucas wanted to establish the need for human troopers, thus explaining the lack of battle droids in the original trilogy. But that could have been done in a dozen different ways without wholly undercutting the threat these machines present. It’s tough to feel a sense of tension in a fight, when the bad guys look like robot chickens.

4. Lame Jedi Order

The Jedi Order suffers the same fate as Boba Fett in the prequel trilogy. The air of mystery surrounding Alec Guinness’ portrayal of Ben Kenobi, and the sage wisdom of the hermit Master Yoda, led audiences to believe that the Jedi were towering magical figures committed to justice for all.

By contrast, the Jedi seen in the prequel trilogy end up deserving their fate. Aloof, insensitive, and apparently blind, these knights of the old republic fall to the obvious machinations of a single and far more competent Sith. Indeed, the prequels make old Ben and recluse Yoda far less endearing. Instead of powerful agents of the light, clinging faithfully to the galaxy’s last hope, they emerge from the prequels as hapless victims of their own arrogance who ultimately fail even to guide Luke in the true will of the Force.

5. Zero Charm or Chemistry

Another stark contrast between the original trilogy and the prequels can be seen in the colorful personalities on display in the former versus the stiff wallflowers featured in the latter. Han Solo has no analog in the prequel trilogy. Neither, really, do Princess Leia or Luke Skywalker.

Anakin is clearly intended to evoke his son, with similarities in origin, appearance, and story arc. But actors Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen never convey the same sense of earnest wonder or eager heroics that Mark Hamill did.

And let’s not even talk about the forced

6. The War That Wasn’t There

Consider these two excerpts from different opening crawls. First, from A New Hope:
It is a period of civil war. Rebel ships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.
Then, from The Phantom Menace:
Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute.
Which gets you more excited?

For a saga called Star Wars, there’s a conspicuous lack of warfare in the prequel trilogy. Episode I ends with a skirmish between klutzy droids and even klutzier amphibians. Episode II ends where the Clone Wars begin, and Episode III begins with the Clone Wars’ end. It’s like watching a movie about Pearl Harbor that’s not about the actual bombing.

7. The Sith That Weren’t There

It’s said that film is the art of showing, not telling. Expository dialogue telling us that a character is smart, scary, nervous, or whatever the case may be, proves far less effective than the visual portrayal of a character exhibiting those traits.
In the case of the Sith, their evil took dramatic visual form in the person of Darth Vader. We didn’t just hear about what a horrible guy Vader was. We got to see it. We watched as he raided rebel bases, tortured a young princess, and ruthlessly assassinated incompetent subordinates.

By contrast, the Sith in the prequel trilogy lurk largely unseen and mostly talked about. We barely get to see what a badass Darth Maul is before he’s cut down in The Phantom Menace. We endure exposition in Attack of the Clones, telling of Count Dooku’s intriguing background and prowess, but see little of it in action.

8. Boba the Clone

Boba Fett endured as one of Star Wars’ most beloved characters ever since his cryptic first appearance in the televised 1978 Christmas special. The character’s appeal lay more in what we didn’t know about him than what we did. That mask, that rarely used voice, and his singular purpose made us wonder – who is this guy?

Who would have guessed the answer was this: a clone of another bounty hunger who served as the genetic template for the mass-produced soldiers that would eventually become Imperial stormtroopers? Did seeing Fett as a ten-year-old boy in Attack of the Clones improve the character’s enigmatic image, or tarnish it? The answer probably goes without saying.

Just be thankful Lucas didn’t follow through on his desire to place a teenage Han Solo as Chewbacca’s youthful ward in Revenge of the Sith.

9. Shiny New Galaxy

One of the stark contrasts between the original trilogy and the prequels lays in the overall aesthetic applied to props, costumes, ships, and architecture. In the originals, everything was roughed up. Scuffs, dents, and faded colors all contributed to a “used universe” look which differentiated Star Wars from much of the science fiction which came before it. The idea that outer space means spick-and-span really has no conceptual merit. Thus, Lucas’ aesthetic choices in those first films lent them a certain authenticity.

By contrast, the prequels were clean as a whistle. Everything from Naboo’s plucky starfighters to Coruscant’s illustrious skyline was bright and shiny. Even sandy Tatooine seemed cleaner than remembered.

10. Digital Everything

When Jurassic Park hit theaters in 1993, it proved beyond any doubt that computers could generate graphics so lifelike that filmmakers would henceforth be empowered to create anything they could imagine. As with similarly industry-shaking technological developments before it, like the advent of talkies or the arrival of color, the years that followed saw heavy emphasis on the new methodology.

With the possible exception of James Cameron’s Avatar, there may be no greater example of computer graphics gone wild than the Star Wars prequels. The problem is, when the whole world is clearly fake, it doesn’t matter how good it looks. That’s a lesson applied by Peter Jackson in his Middle Earth saga, where judicious use of computer graphics supplemented practical effects, physical sets, and real locations.

SDCC 2014: Rebels, Imperials, and Smiles Under the Helmets

For members of the 501st and Rebel Legions — worldwide costuming fan groups — each day offers another opportunity to help bring Star Wars to life. Making public appearances in support of our local communities and charitable organizations is the primary reason members put so many hours into making sure their outfits are accurate — so that Star Wars fans everywhere may experience Star Wars in their own neighborhoods.
And as part of these worldwide organizations, members of the Legions also come together for larger events to celebrate Star Wars, especially during what is generally referred to as “convention season.” Whether it is a dedicated Star Wars Celebration, or any number of pop-culture conventions, these larger events allow members from all over to come together and share in their personal love of Star Wars.
With the excitement of Star Wars Rebels building, members of the 501st and Rebel Legions, as well as their friends in the Mandolorian Mercs, were on-hand at San Diego Comic-Con to appear on behalf of vendors on the convention floor, hear the latest news, and visit with old friends.
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With members in attendance hailing from all over the world, an annual dinner is often part of the convention experience. This year was no different, allowing members to catch-up, and enjoy an opportunity to spend time together celebrating Star Wars, discussing new creations, and family news.
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SDCC, Comic-Con
Back on the floor, a convention also means that Legion members can pose for pictures with other attendees, compare costuming notes, and celebrate some of the original creations fans create in their love of Star Wars.
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And no convention, especially SDCC, would be complete without the annual group photos! This year’s 501st photo also featured several honorary members, including Vanessa Marshall, Dave Filoni, Steve Sansweet, and Lucasfilm’s own Mary Franklin.
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SDCC, Comic-Con
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In addition to booth appearances and photos back in the convention hall, members set to the dedicated work of preparing for the annual Droid Hunt for convention attendees to participate in, exchanging specially made badges discovered on the convention floor for items generously donated by various Star Wars licensees.
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SDCC, Comic-Con
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As SDCC drew to its close, members began their inevitable voyages home — perhaps a little saddened that it always seems to end so quickly, but happy to have connected with their fellow fans in celebration of Star Wars.
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SDCC, Comic-Con
And with all eyes now gazing towards Star Wars Rebels, other major summer-time conventions, and events in support of our local communities, we all know it won’t be long before we have another opportunity to come together and help bring Star Wars to life for fans across the world as we all prepare for Celebration 2015!
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SDCC, Comic-Con
Lawrence Green wanted to be a stormtrooper or Luke Skywalker when he first saw Star Wars. Now, he’s both, as a member of the 501st and Rebel Legions. Designated by 501st founder Albin Johnson at the 2007 Rose Parade as “the 501st’s own Jedi Luke”, Lawrence is the executive officer & public/media relations officer of the Southern California Garrison of the 501st Legion. You can follow his personal tweets at @Lawrence_Green and find the SoCal Garrison at and @501SCG.

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