Marc Alan Fishman: Star Wars Sucks – For Now

Marc Alan Fishman

Marc Alan Fishman is a graphic designer, digital artist, writer, and most importantly a native born Chicagoan. When he's not making websites, drawing and writing for his indie company Unshaven Comics, or rooting for the Bears... he's a dedicated husband and father. When you're not enjoying his column here on ComicMix, feel free to catch his comic book reviews weekly at MichaelDavisWorld, and check out his books and cartoons at Unshaven Comics.

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4 Responses

  1. Russ Rogers says:

    Let’s hope J.J. Abrams can do better with VII, VIII and IX. Gird your loins, for they art on the horizon!

  2. Rene says:

    You know, I successfully managed to avoid watching anything past the original STAR WARS movies. When I introduced STAR WARS to my wife, I also only watched with her the classical trilogy. So yeah, it’s possible to pretend bad movies didn’t happen. People still haven’t invaded my house and hooked me to a Clockwork Orange-style chair to make me see Jar-Jar Binks.

    Also, even for bad movies that I DID have the displeasure of watching, well… time passes. Time passes for everything, even for ruined franchises. In the last couple of years I re-watched a lot of movies that I first saw almost 20 years ago. I own the DVDs of ROCKY and JAWS, and no one forced me to buy the sequels at gunpoint. It was glorious to re-live the acting of Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss, without having to worry about voodoo curses and stuff.

    Now, you can say that I’m like those old men that only relive the good moments from the past, but I see it more like allowing bad memories to die a natural death. I see no reason to re-live bad stuff I saw 15-20 years ago and barely remember.

    I think too many fans accentuate the negative. Either for masochism or because they feel pleasure in savaging bad stuff. I think I’m happier the way I am, watching and reading only the good stuff.

  3. Mindy Newell says:

    The biggest crap in the STAR WARS prequel was the introduction of the Midichlorians–which sounds like something you put in your pool to destroy the algae and bacteria. Switching from a Buddhist idea of the life “Force” to itty-bitty microscopic biological (symbiotic?) organisms that enable the individual to “feel the Force” was just incredibly stupid. There was no reason to come up with a “reason” to explain why some people are Jedi candidates and others are not.

    I get that Lucas wanted to explain the rise of the Empire–but doing a “Foundation” riff was not the way to go.

    Personally I would have started the sequels with Annakin already a teenager and in Jedi training, and the Empire already in charge.

    And killing off Padame was simply another huge mistake. Lucas simply ignored his previous cannon–in RETURN OF THE JEDI, Luke asks Leia if she remembers her real mother, and Leia answers “She was very beautiful…kind…but very sad.” How the hell does she remember her mother if she died giving birth? (And don’t tell me that it was the Force!)

    I agree about video-game Yoda. That was simply unnecessary. But it showed that Lucas had lost his interest in using actors to tell a story and that he was (is?) more involved with the technical aspects of today’s moviemaking. But all the CGI and digitalization in the world “don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing.”

    Abrams has said that he was a fan of STAR WARS waaaay before he ever got into STAR TREK. I’m thinking that we’ve got a good chance of seeing STAR WARS come back to its roots–May the Force be with you, J.J.!

  4. mike weber says:

    Kate and i watched “The Phantom Menace”. We never felt the slightest urge to watch the other two prequels.

    I still have not watched the “Greedo shoots first” versions of “Star Wars”.

    (*”Star Wars” – not “Episode IV – A New Hope”)