Dr. Morbid is back with his list of reasons why the Star Wars prequels don’t suck, but this time in true George Lucas fashion, it’s the Special Edition!
Fulfilling Dr. Morbid’s original vision, we here at Morbidly Amusing have added everyone’s favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett to the proceedings, in footage shot by Dr. Morbid himself.
At the time of filming, Boba had recently escaped the Sarlacc Pit because he had learned Dr. Morbid was actually saying positive things about the prequels. He simply could not let that stand, and the video below is his testament to that.
In addition to this video, Dr. Morbid also originally planned an article for this site that explained each of his listed reasons. You can read his recently uncovered thoughts below.
The Original Star Wars Trilogy is considered sacred to many sci-fi fan boys and after almost twenty years of waiting, fan expectations were at an all-time high for another trilogy. The expectations alone doomed this new series because there was no way these movies could ever hope to hold up next to such groundbreaking classics. It also didn’t help that most of the dialogue is poorly written, the actor playing the main character Anakin Skywalker is straight up unlikable and the love story is sickening.
The Star Wars prequels, while not perfect by any means, appear to be unjustly despised by a lot of fans of the Original Trilogy. Here is my list of the top 10 reasons to re-visit the Star Wars prequels and to give them another chance.
- Amazing Light Saber Duels – A lot of fans and reviewers criticize good ole GL (George Lucas) for his excessive use of CGI, specifically the Pod Racing scene in Episode 1, but this upgrade in technology does nothing but enhance the Light Saber battles. The powers available to both Sith and Jedi are on full display here. Highlights include the double-bladed Darth Maul battle and the climatic Anakin versus Obi-Wan duel that leads to the creation of Darth Vader.
- The Emperor’s Plan – Lets be honest, the Emperor in the Original Trilogy was an old hag with a black hood whose only intimidation factor was fingertips that generate electricity. His threats were even weak. In the newer prequels however, the Emperor moonlights as a renowned Senator who manipulates the Jedi council into trusting him while he gradually plots and carries out their demise. The way he twists Anakin from light to dark is nothing short of genius. What an evil bastard.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn – The main complaint about The Phantom Menace is the annoying Jar Jar Binks while the main positive that is talked about is Darth Maul. But Liam Neeson owns his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi’s mentor and his death is heartfelt, unlike a lot of later death scenes. Ewan McGregor, in my humble opinion, is the main reason to watch this trilogy.
- Awesome Villains – George Lucas knows how to create memorable characters. He may have some trouble writing dialogue for them but no one can criticize his creativity when coming up with his characters. We all know Darth Vader, but this trilogy introduces us to Darth Maul, Jango Fett, Count Dooku and General Grievous who are all fantastic villains. The problem in these films is that there might be too many of them since most aren’t allotted much screen time, which is also true of most of the Jedi council.
- More Violence – A change in times also results in more on-screen violence then what was shown in the Original Trilogy. This can first be seen with Darth Maul being sliced in half in The Phantom Menace. Revenge of the Sith is also the first film in the series to receive a PG-13 rating. This is mainly due to Count Dooku getting de-limbed and decapitated by Anakin and the brutal murders of Younglings, who are basically innocent young children. Awesome.
- Cool Looking Planets & Locales – There are two positive things that can be said about GL: He knows how to create cool looking characters and even cooler looking locales and planets for them to inhabit. From the peaceful planet Naboo all the way to the Wookie planet of Kashyyk, there are many sights to behold. We see more planets during the Order 66 sequence than in almost the entire original trilogy combined. The greatest achievement however is Coruscant, which is a sight to behold and features several key areas such as the Jedi temple, the Senate and the Chancellors palace. When can I visit?
- Larger Scale Battles – In Episode IV: A New Hope, Princess Leia says “General Kenobi, you served my father in the Clone Wars…” which interested an entire generation of fans into obsessing over how this war fit into the Star Wars canon. While the Original Trilogy featured good battle scenes, especially for the time, the space battles and epic land confrontations in this newer trilogy were much bigger and grander largely due to current technology changes. The opening scene in Revenge of the Sith features one of the best space battles ever filmed.
- Sets Up The Original Trilogy – The best-reviewed film of the Prequel Trilogy is Revenge of the Sith. I believe this to be true because it sets up the beginning of the Original Trilogy perfectly. It is discovered how Darth Vader is put inside his iconic outfit that he is so famous for and why his body is so destroyed. We find out why Luke and Leia are separated at birth and why Luke and Obi-Wan Kenobi end up on the planet of Tatooine. We also discover why Yoda goes into hiding. The ending of this film makes you want to fire up A New Hope immediately, and that is its greatest accomplishment.
- Explains More About the Mythos – In this trilogy we learn more about the Jedi council and why there are so few Jedi’s left in Episodes 4, 5 and 6. The Storm troopers are also further explained and it is discovered why the Original Trilogy never revealed what they looked like. The biggest thing discovered however is how the dark side turned Anakin.
- Samuel L. Jackson – It has motherfuckin’ Samuel L. Jackson in it as the only black Jedi and the second black guy in the entire Star Wars Galaxy next to Billy Dee Williams. He even asked for his own distinct Light Saber, a purple one. The only negative here is that the movies could have used more of him in it.
Sure there is a lot to hate and complain about when it comes to the Star Wars Prequels, but there is also a lot of fun to be had if you are not constantly comparing them to the Original Trilogy. I’m sure a list like this is going to bring some hatred from my fellow Star Wars geeks, so if you disagree please feel free to comment below and tell me how much I suck. I personally can’t wait to see how much criticism the next trilogy is going to receive. I guarantee you that no matter how good these films turn out there is bound to be some pimple-faced nerd that is going to do his best to discredit them. I hate to tell you all this, but even Empire Strikes Back isn’t perfect.