Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Fans, critics and Star Wars TV


I was looking at something generally unrelated and stumbled on the link to this story, Rick McCallum Talks "Star Wars" TV Series, Compares It to The Godfather by Kevin Yeoman.

The story itself was relatively uninteresting. I'd like to see this show, which should surprise no one. I think The Clone Wars has shown serial television to be a format in which the Star Wars universe is really able to thrive.

But this is what I'm writing about.

First it quotes Rick McCallum, "Basically, it is like The Godfather; it’s the Empire slowly building up its power base around the galaxy, what happens in Coruscant, which is the major capital, and it’s [about] a group of underground bosses who live there and control drugs, prostitution."

Ok, interesting.

Than Yeoman follows-up, "McCallum’s comparison to such disparate works as the Francis Ford Coppola classic will likely serve to stir more debate and controversy around the disputed quality of the most recent Star Wars films."

Ok, I'm not picking on Yeoman here, because I think he's right. I mean, this is apparently old news and I never caught wind of this controversy, but I've been surrounded by plenty of equal controversies, so see the caution as justified.

But what does that say about the quality of debate out there?

It hardly takes a genius to figure out the the comparison to The Godfather was thematic and not qualitative. In fact, it takes an idiot not to see that.

What if he did, though? Why wouldn't you shoot for your series to be like the best?

Even if McCallum and George Lucas felt, deep in their hearts, that the prequels were terrible, worthless, foolish and whatever else one might think of them, would that be a good excuse to aim lower?

Shouldn't it be more controversial to aim low?

Again, even taking for granted the notion that their most recent works failed, shouldn't they continue - or perhaps go back to - aiming to be the best? I don't have to believe that this series, if it ever comes, will meet the qualitative standard of The Godfather in order to believe that it stands the most chance of coming closer to it if they're trying to.

Maybe this says more about what's wrong with fandom and the entertainment industry than I'm prepared to get into right now.


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