Let me begin by wishing you a happy International Star Wars day. May The 4th be with you. To be honest, Star Wars day doesn’t quite work here in Australia. You see, here in the Great Southland we don’t say ‘May the fourth’, we say ‘The fourth of May’. However, never one to pass up the chance to celebrate a sci-fi themed holiday I’ll let it slip – just this once.
It’s an interesting time to be a Star Wars fan. We thought the movies were all over when Revenge of The Sith rolled its credits, but now we have the promise of a new trilogy to enjoy. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what director J.J. Abrams will do with the franchise.
So what will this new trilogy be like? Will it be closer to the original trilogy, or more similar to the prequel trilogy? A lot of fans seem to want something much more akin to the original trilogy. Many have criticised the prequels. I seem to be one of those rare people that liked both.
The prequels certainly had a different feel to them than the originals. The setting and tone were very different. The thing is, there were vastly different stories being told. The universe changed dramatically at the end of Revenge of the Sith. For me, that was one of the fun things, seeing the universe portrayed in The Phantom Menace slowly change into the world seen in A New Hope. Sure they could’ve done it better, and I’m by no means saying the prequels were perfect or without flaw, but there was a lot I enjoyed.
The prequel trilogy was about the collapse and death of a world. The original trilogy was about the struggle against an oppressive world. It seems to me that the new trilogy will be about the building of a new and (hopefully) better world. Now that is a story. Tearing down the evil empire may seem difficult, but that’s the easy bit. The real struggle is to build something new out of the ashes. There will be struggle and pain. Mistakes will be made. Can our heroes do a better job then their predecessors? I’m believing they can, but it will cost them something. Yes, ‘what happens after the war’, that is one of my favourite kinds of stories.
So, what tone will this new trilogy have? Will we be back out on the frontier, or will we be sitting in the senate chambers of a new government? Time will tell. Given the story, (and fan expectation) I’d expect we’ll see a closer tone to that of the original trilogy, and I’m certainly ready for more of that. But maybe, the filmmakers will create something new and unique. Something that doesn’t just borrow from the greatness of the past but sets a new tone for a new age.
Who knows? It’ll be fun to find out.
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