So, if you can believe the rumours (Lucasfilm have denied rumours before and then the rumours turned out to be true, so these rumours [which they are denying] must therefore be true!), after the horrible abortive attempt to 3D-ise the Star Wars movies is concluded (and it will be abortive, pay particular attention to the #1 section about 3D), they’re going to start work on the sequel trilogy: Episodes VII, VIII and IX.
I for one would actually quite like to see a sequel trilogy. You know that IV, V and VI would have looked and sounded like I, II and III if the technology had existed. Lucas said himself that that was his vision, and the remastering of IV, V and VI bears this out. Although why the acting quality dropped so badly is anyone’s guess. I would have thought if he created the material himself, and owned the film company, about the biggest budget-eater would be the actors, so you could go top-shelf. But oh well, maybe he owed somebody a favour. Maybe Natalie Portman threatened to kick his arse. Or Hayden … nah, it was Portman.
But be objective about this for just one minute, Star Wars fans. The original trilogy was cutesy and annoying just like the prequel trilogy, and nobody would like it if it came out today. Apart from the CGI and the terrible acting, what are the differences between the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy? Not the script, because Lucas was in charge there and they’ve all been average (Han Solo’s one-liners notwithstanding). Not annoying characters like Jar Jar Binks, because the original trilogy had those in spades. The original trilogy gained classical status by being one of the first, rather than just another sci-fi adventure in a crowded marketplace, and the prequels had the added handicap of having 20 years of expectation and literally generations of fans to be disappointed by anything Lucas came up with.
Given my expectations, I think I was one of the few people not to be disappointed by the prequel trilogy (nor was I all that impressed by it, of course, and I lost even more respect when Lucas diddled with the originals … adding CGI was one thing, but replacing Anakin in the final scene?), and I doubt I would be disappointed by a sequel trilogy. The more sci-fi the better.
Especially if it has Grand Admiral Thrawn in it. Because Grand Admiral Thrawn could shit all over Darth Vader and wipe his arse with Palpatine’s cloak.