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PCR #269  (Vol. 6, No. 20)  This edition is for the week of May 16--22, 2005.

The Saga That Is Star Wars
 by Mike Smith
And for those who missed Mike's preview in #267:
"Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith"  by Mike Smith
The Quest For Decency In America
 by Nick King
Why I Hate Star Wars....He's Dead, Jim
 by Vinnie Blesi
Chan-wook Park....Matango
Inaugural column  by Peter Card
Sith For A Buck
 by John Lewis
One Pope To Go!?
 by Matt Drinnenberg
May 19th....Frank Gorshin....Money In The Bank....Jaws: The Story, Part 19
 by Mike Smith
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Couch Potato Confessions by Vinnie B.

Why I Hate Star Wars

There are a few defining movies of my teen years and one of the foremost is Star Wars (among Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Alien). I was a 17 year old struggling with many teen issues and this movie hit home with me on many levels.

For pure entertainment value, it was unsurpassed for 1977. Action, adventure, kidnapped princesses and what were at the time "state of the art" effects. The movie had strong heroes and heroines we could believe in, treacherous villains for us to hate, and those two funny robots.

Yet there was more to this movie than the superficial for this 17 year old. There was the mysterious "force" and spiritual connotations. This movie had a soul. This was a movie I wanted to see over and over. When was the last time in recent memory you wanted to watch a movie over? For me it was "Dark City".

This was also one of my first movie crushes, ole bun head herself, Carrie Fisher.

George Lucas was, to borrow a phrase from David Lynch, "true to the idea" in the original "Star Wars". Unfortunately twenty years later, "Episode one", would be released. The "idea" and "soul" would be taken over by standard Hollywood filmmaking, poor characterization, and a merchandising campaign that is now legendary as George Lucas' calling card. Oh, did I mention Jar Jar Binks, one of the embarrassments of the sci-fi universe.

After the release and merchandising of another crappy "Episode" we now find ourselves with Lucas' "Revenge of the Shit Sith", a release that has been heavily hyped on every media available, heavily merchandised with a fast food chain, and is on the box of literally every product on the supermarket shelves.

I believe when Lucas made "Star Wars" he had an "idea", stuck to it, and it worked. Now the words "Stars Wars" just mean another product for us to consume, matter no how vapid or bad it is. So what is next, since this the supposedly the final episode? Well since George Lucas has never had another worthwhile idea since Star Wars, I have this feeling that this is not the last we will see of the franchise. "Star Wars, the Next Generation"?

He's Dead Jim
While the Star Wars franchise is running on all eight cylinders, another long time sci-fi franchise, "Star Trek", ended this past week "not with a bang but a whimper"(T.S. Eliot).

With no plans for any upcoming movies or tv series, it looks like Gene Roddenberry's legacy will be shelved and put into moth balls for now. Which is just as well as little of Roddenberry's ideas have been represented in "Star Trek" ever since Rick Berman became king of the franchise.

"Star Trek" RIP 1966-2005

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