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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday March 25 2014, @06:44PM   Printer-friendly
from the Ches-ko-ba-tuta-creesta-crenko-ya-kolska! dept.

mechanicjay writes:

While a bit pop-culture and light hearted, it's an indelible part of every geek's soul, so perhaps it's worthy of a front page discussion:

Over at Movie Pilot, Alex Rosenhiem puts forth a compelling argument for preservation of art and of shared cultural experience and why that matters. He couches it in the context of revisionism as applied to the Han/Greedo Cantina scene, long a source of nerd rage, countless arguments and is even it's own meme. The moment is a pivotal one for the development of the Han Solo character, but more importantly Rosenhiem argues that Art, Star Wars included, gives us access to the past and where we were at a certain point in time when we first experienced it.

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Tork on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:26PM

    by Tork (3914) on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:26PM (#21140)

    "It's simple commercial pandering, and the fact that it generated nerd-rage was also probably pre-calculated and hit the positive side of the balance sheet too"

    *Sigh* Sadly, you're right. But you know what really causes ache about that decision? They didn't have to do that. When he shoots Greedo first, it firmly establishes that he's a loner that only worries about himself. It is a genuine surprise that he turns up at the Death Star at the end and fires on Darth Vader. It didn't make his decision to lead the battle on Endor inconsistent for the simple reason that he got to see how important what the rebellion was doing was. And.. I'm about to fall into the nerd-trap of over-explaining my point on a web forum. Sorry.

    There is some value in what George is doing. It's teaching us not only the value of good storytelling, but also the value the audience places on a piece. He crapped on a great trilogy but hopefully future filmmakers are learning from it. Afterall, the guns are back in ET!

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:57PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:57PM (#21158)

    Not that any of the writing in Star Wars is anything other than campy space opera, but the thing that grates on me worst in EpIV is the constant reinforcing of Han's character that way, Leia does it, then Luke really goes over the top with his "Take care of yourself, Han, I guess that's what you're best at" line.

    I suppose by the time of the re-release, there's precious few people on the planet that don't know that Han comes back to save the day during the Death Star raid, so a little watering down of the character doesn't really matter all that much, at least for the surprise factor.

    To me, Star Wars was the first big "cash out" movie, ever. I was born in the late 1960s, and seeing "C3POs" cereal on the grocery store shelves hit me as crass, even at age 12. Trading cards, action figures, bed sheets, and on and on - I don't think my parents or I ever bought any of it, though, I have to admit, I am looking for an excuse to buy the Tauntaun sleeping bag....

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by ramloss on Wednesday March 26 2014, @02:28AM

    by ramloss (1150) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @02:28AM (#21286)

    It is a genuine surprise that he turns up at the Death Star at the end and fires on Darth Vader. It didn't make his decision to lead the battle on Endor inconsistent for the simple reason that he got to see how important what the rebellion was doing was.

    Helloo! spoiler alert!, I was hoping to watch Star Wars this weekend, and now you've ruined it. Thanks for nothing man!