I’m getting a little nervous. It seems like as we move closer and closer to December 18th and this new world of Star Wars (aka post-Disney takeover), the more I realize how much of an emphasis we are placing on the Original Trilogy.
Of course I’m a fan of the OT, but it seems like ever since Disney took over the franchise, they want to bury the Prequel Trilogy six feet underground.
We then have news of the first in the Anthology series, Rogue One, which will take place before A New Hope (no one seems to be quite certain on how soon before) and it involves stealing the Death Star Plans…which is basically what all of ANH revolves around.
Most Star Wars comics and books that are part of the new unified canon since Disney has come onboard take place after ROTS. The only novel prior to ROTS is Dark Disciple, released next month that follows the unfinished story of Asajj Ventress.
I understand where Disney is coming from. They want to play it safe and they want to start with a bang. George Lucas, unfortunately, ruined the beloved Star Wars universe for many die hard fans when he brought the Prequel Trilogy into the world. It was so different from the OT that it was almost a whole new breed of sci-fi movies, almost unrelated to the Star Wars universe they knew and loved.
But what Disney is currently staying away from, and what I hope they realize eventually, is that the PT also brought Star Wars to a whole new generation of fans, myself included. I had seen the OT before, but I didn’t fall in love with Star Wars until I saw The Phantom Menace – many fans least favorite film of the Saga.
Let me phrase it this way:
The Original Trilogy is a universe I could see myself living in. The Prequel Trilogy is a universe that I hope to someday live in.
The PT was clean, had interesting costumes, the ships were sleek, shiny, and new, and we got to see a government that had functioned for thousands of years crumble to the ground. It was a universe of the future, even if it was the past in the complete Star Wars saga.
My main concern is that I don’t want Disney to forget that the Prequels are part of Star Wars too. I know I’ve said this multiple times, but when you love something, you love the whole thing – good and bad. I admit the Prequels are definitely not as strong as the Originals, nor are they as good as a whole. That doesn’t mean that I think we should lock them in a broom cupboard and hope no one knows they exist à la Harry Potter style. If anything, we should embrace those movies and if Disney really wanted to, perhaps they could work on repairing some of the damage that was done to the reputation of the PT and make it almost as beloved as the OT through Anthology movies and Expanded Universe releases.
I believe strongly that the PT universe has a lot of potential to breed very, very interesting stories, while still appealing to the Prequel haters. The Jedi could produce an interesting action movie; we saw examples in The Clone Wars. Any bounty hunter during this time would be interesting to watch from AOTC all the way to the fall of the Republic. I’m guessing bounty hunters probably flourished more when the Republic was dismantled so seeing that transition could be fascinating. There’s a lot you could do with that time period and I hope that Disney realizes this and explores the Prequel era with Anthology movies.
If there’s one thing I know, if you stretch an elastic too tight, eventually it will snap back. The extreme focus on the OT time period will hopefully ultimately lead to an extreme snap back and willingness to re-open the Prequels.