I have sensed a great disturbance in the force. Alderaan being destroyed? No. George Lucas’ reach exceeding his grasp? Absolutely.
I first sensed that disturbance way back in the nineties when a bunch of us ate dinner at Matt Weather’s parent’s house and journeyed to see the reissues of the original Star Wars trilogy. It was in that one simple moment when Greedo all of the sudden developed a magical rubber arm and took an awkward shot at Han Solo that I suspected that we were in for trouble. Three prequels later, I was left with the full realization of Lucas’ folly.
My childhood was destroyed. My beloved Star Wars had been brought low with Lucas’ meddling and ill-planned or ill-executed prequels. All I was left to do was find unaltered versions of the three original films and pretend that Episodes 1-3 didn’t exist…that is until this month.
Earlier in the month, on Star Wars Day, there was great celebration amongst the geeks. Incidentally, there was also a special episode of The Big Bang Theory that made mention of “The Machete Order.” What is The Machete Order, you may ask? It is simply the most beautiful piece of scholarly film thought in the last 20 years. I would take the time to explain it, but I’ll simply refer you to the original article and another commentary.
All I can do at this point is praise Rod Hilton and spread the word of his glorious work. Thank you, Rod Hilton! You have saved us all.
Never again, Jar Jar…never again.