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To Prequel or Not To Prequel

In the thirty years since A New Hope was released, George Lucas has maintained that he always envisioned the Star Wars story as a six-movie saga. He says that he came up with the entire story back in the 1970's and purposefully started with the fourth chapter of the series in 1977. There's been some evidence of late to contradict that story, but let's take him at his word. The question many hard-core fans of the original Trilogy ask is did we really need to see the Prequel set of movies at all?

This attitude has been most recently articulated by Damon Lindelof, one of the producers of the TV Series Lost, who argued that when telling a sci-fi/fantasy story it is best not to give an audience too detailed of an explanation for the story's various mysteries and used the line in The Phantom Menance about Midi-Chlorians being the source of the Force as an example of that.

    "I feel like you have to be very careful about entering into Midi-Chlorian territory. I grew up on Star Wars; I've seen the Star Wars movies hundreds of times; I can recite them chapter and verse, and never once did anyone ever say to me or did it occur to me to say, 'What is the Force, exactly? Can you explain that for me, better than Alec Guinness does?'"

Others will go on to say that this theory can be applied to the entire Prequel trilogy. But we have to say that we're not fully on board with the anti-prequel crowd. Episodes I, II and III might not be as good as the original Trilogy but we think their horrible-ness has also been over-stated. If you watch all six movies together we think you'll find a rather affecting story about the rise, fall and ultimate redemption of the main character of the story ... Anakin Skywalker.

But we present all sides of an argument here at Destination Hollywood and so we give you two movie reviews by a funny, insightful and often brutal movie reviewer who is definitely not a fan of the first two movies. Definitely watch these reviews, you won't be sorry:

Click here to watch the rest of Red Letter Media's The Phantom Menace review:
Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 |

Click here to watch the rest of Red Letter Media's Attack of the Clones review:
Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 |
Part 8 | Part 9 |

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Return of the Jedi

Yoda ( Frank Oz ):

"The Dark Side clouds every thing. Impossible to see, the future is."