End Credits

Hey everyone,

We regret to announce that Boba Fett: The Movie is being put on the shelf for the time being.

Ford has moved to India, and my current graduate school schedule keeps me too busy to keep up the project and the blog.

We had a lot of fun working on this project. It was a million-to-one shot from the start, but that was what made it fun. We’d like to thank our good friend Alan for creating and managing the website, along with everyone else who came along for the ride, “joining the movement,” following the blog, and leaving comments. You made this project fun and tangible. You are all awesome!

As for the future, who knows what it holds? If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the man Boba Fett, he always comes back!

We leave you with a link to “Star Wars Uncut,” an impressive project in which Episode IV was divided up into 15 second segments. Fan groups then each picked a segment, filmed it, and uploaded it to vimeo. The website then spliced them together, creating a seamless film out of a collage of fandom. It’s pretty awesome! Check it out!

http://www.starwarsuncut.com/watch

- Josh

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White Board Fail

We brainstormed for four hours, and this is the fruit of our labors.

Help us Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope.

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Next Generation (of Star Wars fans, not Star Trek)

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Star Wars in 3-D: Do We Care?

We here at bobafettmovie.org are not the biggest fans of 3-D movies, so perhaps we’re not the best people to ask, but do we need these?

I say no, not just because of my Luddite distaste for 3-D, but because I’m ready to move on already.

I’d much rather see Serenity 2 (not happening to my knowledge) in 3-D or something else that someone else is trying to get off the ground.

Oh, I know… how about Boba Fett: The Movie?

Just kidding.

What about you?

Would you watch Episode I in theaters in eye-popping 3-D?

The first of the films (that’s Episode I, mind you) is slated for release in February of 2012.

More info: http://heatvision.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/09/star-wars-3d-release-targeted-for-feb-2012-exclusive.html

- Ford

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Guest Column: In Defense of the Prequels

Our good friend David recently wrote up an apology for the prequel trilogy. When he offered it to us as a blog post, we couldn’t resist!
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The original Star Wars trilogy, in my opinion, is not truly science fiction. Yes, there are spaceships and aliens and planet-destroying weapons, but these elements alone do not a sci-fi story make. Science fiction is a genre that asks us “what if?” It takes an aspect or set of ideas from our world and twists it, challenging our interpretations of our own surroundings in the process.

The original trilogy does not do this, because it is primarily a fantasy story. The content of the films is much more akin to a the King Arthur legend or a Greek myth than Blade Runner. In Star Wars, the farmboy hero finds an old wizard, who gives him a magical sword and helps him invade a castle to save the princess. In Empire, he descends into the pits of the underworld (ironically found in a castle in the sky), coming face to face with pure evil. In Jedi, he fulfills his destiny by achieving harmony on the spiritual plane of the story, finally destroying the evil overlord who has for so long ruled with an iron fist.

Heck, the first line of the first movie is essentially “Once upon a time…”

How is this getting to a defense of the prequels? Because the prequels ARE science fiction. Sure, there are farmboys, star-crossed lovers, and deals with the devil, but don’t be fooled. Their aim is not to portray a universal struggle between good and evil, where a young boy finds his purpose and defeats the empire. The prequels show what happens to that story when the “real world” gets involved, when the man of pure heart is manipulated by politicians and disillusioned with the very idea he is destined to save.

Speaking of disillusionment, it is fascinating what Lucas does with the Jedi order. In the original trilogy, they were a myth unto themselves. The only remnant of their order are two old men, one who can lift things twenty times his size and another who seemingly cannot be killed. Wow, I just wonder what the order must have been like in its prime! Well, sadly the legend of the Jedi is about as true as the notion that Darth Vader killed Anakin Skywalker. Sure, in the prequels they show their unparalleled skill with tactics and combat, but they lack the wisdom their reputation infers.

Once the guardians of peace in the galaxy, the Jedi have gotten too big for their robes. Arrogance and elitism cloud their judgement. It is repeatedly stated that a Sith could not have infiltrated the Senate without the Jedi feeling his presence, yet this is obviously and devastatingly untrue. The Jedi were infallible until they started to believe it. Meanwhile, the Sith take advantage of the confusion in the Jedi order by exploiting every contradiction they can find in the eyes of Anakin. Sure, the dialog is awkward, but remember the conversation in Attack of the Clones about love? Are the Jedi allowed to love or aren’t they? Sometimes it seems hard to pin down what is truly valuable for a Jedi and what is merely structure and tradition.

In this way, the prequel trilogy takes the foundation of the originals and turns it on its head. It is a Star Wars for the present day, where even those we trust may be misguided.

Notice how Obi-Wan and Yoda break all of the Jedi rules when Luke finally comes of age? Anakin’s fall was the product of a broken system. The Force, a powerful and organic presence, was being taught in a rigidly structural fashion that ultimately prevented the Chosen One from being able to reach his potential. They see the mistakes of their order, and choose to instruct the pure-hearted Luke to draw on his feelings. When faced with the same temptation his father found in the Emperor, Luke resists: “You have failed, your honor. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.”

Goodness becomes something found with guidance and faith, not force (small “f”). Far from neutering the magic of the classic trilogy, the prequels show that its simplicity is what the galaxy truly needs.

Now, obviously the prequels have their problems. In particular, I think Clones suffers from an underdeveloped Anakin, and Menace has a pacing problem in its middle. However, I urge you to look past these surface flaws and find the core of what Lucas was going for. While perhaps not the best with actors, the man is brilliant at story construction and worldbulding. He wrote Star Wars, for cryin’ out loud.

- David

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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

Ford:
For me this is one of those which-child-is-your-favorite kinds of questions. I would say Empire for its weight, richness and well-roundedness. I would say A New Hope for its iconic resonance. I would say Return for the Ewoks (actually, while most of my friends hate the Ewoks, I always liked them, thus giving punch to Lucas’ claim that kids like Jar Jar). If I had to pick one film to watch right now, I’d say Empire. I think that Empire was the pinnacle of space opera sci-fi in which all the elements came together: writing (both in character and plot), effects, production design and on and on. But I still would hedge before dubbing it my favorite, mainly because I am so fascinated by what went into making the first Star Wars possible: the innovation, the determination, the vision. For me the process is as admirable (and sometimes moreso) than the product. So as much as I’d like to play devil’s advocate to Josh’s rabid fanboy devotion, I have to side with him: A New Hope gets my vote.

Josh:
New Hope is my favorite. When I was a kid, I liked Empire the best, because I also liked the Empire better than the Rebellion (the Empire had cooler uniforms and no girls on their team). But as I’ve gotten older (and gotten over the whole Little Rascals He-Man Woman Haters Club thing), my opinions have changed and, now, it’s not even close. New Hope is my favorite. It was new and it was old. It took archetypal stories and archetypal characters and made them into something people had never seen before. It was fun, imaginative, and exciting. And it was gutsy. Make no mistake; the sequels do an excellent job of expanding the universe, heightening the drama, and finishing the story. But even without such essentials as Yoda, the Imperial March, Vader’s big reveal, and (of course) Boba Fett, Episode IV: A New Hope has everything I could ever want in a Star Wars movie.

So what about YOU? What’s YOUR favorite Star Wars movie?

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Star Wars’ Main Theme

When we think of theme in relation to Star Wars, the first thing to pop into our heads is usually John Williams’ inimitable score, so it is easy to forget about Star Wars’ other theme: its main idea. While Lucas made no attempt to hide it, it is easily overlooked amidst the characters, imagery and story that have made Star Wars so memorable.

So what is the theme of Star Wars?

While it is obviously about good vs. evil, Star Wars boasts another, more interesting theme that Lucas explored previously in THX 1138: the individual vs. the system or, to put it simply, small vs. big.

A one-man fighter and its pair of proton torpedoes (with the help of the force) are enough to take down a battle station hailed as “the ultimate power in the universe.”

One man, armed with a lightsaber, grappling hook and thermal detonator is enough to take down an Imperial Walker that is impervious to regular firepower.

A group of tiny, tribal furballs is able to overcome an “entire legion” of the Emperor’s highly trained, highly mechanized “best troops” (much to the chagrin of many a Star Wars fan).

This theme is not isolated; nor is it incidental.

Lucas had a rough go of getting Star Wars off the ground, battling three different studios and flying by the seat of his pants, funding much of it up front with his spoils from American Graffiti to ensure the film would get to production.

Lucas was fighting a battle for creative control of Star Wars, and he was facing pressure from every side. For all the complaints and criticism Lucas has sustained since Return of the Jedi, the fact is: George Lucas made Star Wars possible. Period.

He was the one man fighter, the crazy farmer with the lightsaber, the furry Ewok with a pea shooter that took on the big studio system and won.

- Ford

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