*Insert Star Wars title crawl reference here*
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, lets talk Star Wars. Disney shocked the world when they announced that not only were they purchasing the hit sci-fi franchise, but that they would also be creating a brand new trilogy of films.
In this article, we’re going to discuss what I believe to be necessities that would make the new films great, particularly Episode 7. If Disney and Lucasfilm hope to make a successful trilogy, they should take note.
#1: No “Jar Jar Binks”
The character is awful. As I joked on Twitter, the only way I would accept Jar Jar’s return is if we could see him die; a slow and painful, fiery death. You might be saying that he is gone. After all, he never appeared in the original trilogy. Actually, he did. In one of the more recent special editions of “Return of the Jedi”, you can clearly hear Jar Jar’s voice near the end if you listen carefully. It’s at the very end of the film. You can hear him say “wesa free” in his insanely annoying, high-pitched voice. This means that Jar Jar is still alive somewhere in the Star Wars universe.
For those who don’t know why Jar Jar is so despised, it’s because of his often unintelligible voice. I don’t mind a character that is meant for kids, but Lucas went way too far with Jar Jar. “C-3PO”, “Chewbacca”, and “R2-D2” were obviously intended to appeal to a younger crowd, but none of them were very annoying. For one, two of those characters never even talked. And English actor “Anthony Daniels” mellow voice is calming to hear. The only character from the original trilogy who was a little annoying, was “Yoda”, but he was in the films very little, and his somewhat tiresome voice was offset by his wise explanations for everything.
#2: Bring back “Lando Calrissian”
No reason not too. His character never died and actor “Billy Dee Williams” is still very much alive. Unlike Jar Jar, his return will not cause my eardrums to burst. Not much else to say. It’s just that I know everyone’s talking about the main three characters returning, but Lando is sometimes forgotten.
#3: Don’t rehash the villains
Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine were badass but you can never outdo them. Don’t try to bring them back in some ridiculous way, either. Invent a new, fun villain that the heroes can bounce off of and don’t repeat the mistake that “Phantom Menace” did. “Darth Maul” was completely useless and didn’t say a single word in the film. He was in there because I guess the filmmakers thought making him look like satan was cool, or something.
#4: Don’t cast famous Disney stars for the sake of casting famous Disney stars
I read somewhere recently that Zac Efron auditioned for a part. If you cast him, what’s next? The entire cast of “High School Musical”? “Miley Cyrus”? “The Jonas Brothers”? Disney usually does a good job of staying out of the way when it comes to the companies they purchase, as is the case with Marvel. So make it the case here too, Disney.
#5: Keep the story simple
For many people, the prequels left a bad taste in the mouth. Mostly because of Jar Jar, but also because the plots of each film were hard to follow. The original trilogy had a vast world that was just asking to be explored, and at the same time, they managed to keep the stories nice and simple, which can be seen especially in “A New Hope”. It was movie magic, and the films also did a great job playing with your expectations. The idea that Yoda; a small, green, and old Jedi, was a powerful wizard, was something that nobody saw coming. Sometimes, simplicity is the best thing for a story.
That’s five things I feel should be, or should not be, in the new Star Wars sequels. I may have left a few things out, so feel free to let me know. Maybe someday I’ll do a follow up to this article…