It wasn’t the hard to pick this week’s topic. I’ll speak about The Dark Knight Rises and the Nolan Batman Trilogy and where it stands in my ATTL (All Time Trilogy List).
If you want to listen to hours-upon-hours of people talking about the Original Trilogy, then you owe it to yourself to listen to the following episodes of The Incomparable:
- #46: I Like My Coffee Like My Evil Sith Lords
- #47: Death Star University
- #67: Darth Vader’s Office is Really Weird
- #68: Jedi Weekend
- #88: Skywalker’s Eleven
- #89: Also Known as Endor
There are two podcast episodes for each movie and some truly excellent commentary on all of the films. My favorite two are definitely #67 and #68 where they cover The Empire Strikes Back (easily the best Star Wars film and just an excellent film in its own right), but you really should listen to all six of them, in order, to get the whole effect.
I used to worship George Lucas because of the original Star Wars Trilogy.
However, I don’t think there is another person who has fallen out of favor with me as far as Lucas has over the years. It started with The Phantom Menace and has only gotten worse.
This article (from /Film), though, cements the decline as inexcusable. Here is the pertinent quote for you:
Entertainment blogger David Poland recalls Lucas’ comment on Wednesday at the Publicist’s Guild luncheon: “George Lucas, giving the award to Sid Ganis, who was the in-house publicist on Star Wars: Episode Five – The Empire Strikes Back, said, ‘Sid is the reason why The Empire Strikes Back is always written about as the best of the films, when it actually was the worst one.’”
Empire as the worst one? THE WORST ONE!? You’ve got to be kidding me.
No wonder the prequels were so terrible.