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Star Wars comic writer Michael Moreci: “We should cherish the Prequels”

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From CBR:

“As new comic book publisher Impact Theory continues to make waves with its expanding library, pairing fan-favorite writers and artists with popular recording artists, the publisher’s second series, Hexagon, is poised for a wide release next month. Written by Michael Moreci, Impact Theory founder and CEO Tom Bilyeu and electronic artist Don Diablo, and illustrated by Jheremy Raapack, the new series received a timed exclusive release at New York Comic-Con this past October before its retail debut on March 18. […]

In an exclusive interview, Moreci discussed working with Bilyeu and Don Diablo, his deep love of the sci-fi genre and teased his upcoming comic book miniseries Star Wars: The Clone Wars — Battles Tales, with IDW Publishing. […]

You’ve always been a pretty vocal supporter of the prequel trilogy. What is it you think a lot of people miss out on or overlook with those films?

That’s a really good question. I think they’ve started to well, which I’m really gratified by, but I think is that people get caught up in the elements in the prequels that don’t work; easy targets like Jar-Jar or lines about sand that get endlessly repeated in our online meme, social media culture. But you take out, like, those five minutes or whatever and you still have an entire movie. There’s a lot more there and they really are complex movies that get taken for granted. There’s Anakin’s story and the failure of the Jedi and the jealousy and how the Jedi were responsible for creating Anakin and his seduction to the Dark Side; there’s really deep stuff happening there.

George Lucas’ singular vision is spectacular, and I think they’re visually stunning movies. But what gets lost is how deep they are and how they’re original stories; Episodes VII and VIII are echoes of the original trilogy. So the prequel trilogy was its own thing and I think that caught a lot of people off-guard; George Lucas wasn’t going to go back and play the hits, he was going to create something really unique and really complicated. I think it’s harder to readjust expectations and appreciate the prequels for what they are and not how we want them to be. Once you get to that place, it’s such a satisfying story and such a satisfying achievement and I think it’s the last tentpole franchise we’re going to get with one person’s singular vision. You don’t get that from Marvel or DC or even Star Wars anymore; it was just George Lucas uncompromisingly doing it and we should cherish it for that reason alone.”

 

6 Comments

  • Cryogenic

    I’m with him all the way, except for his averring that certain elements “don’t work”, and then coming out with obvious choices. Why is that almost no-one can deal with these movies as a total artistic expression?

    You rarely hear people bashing Stanley Kubrick or Christopher Nolan for elements that allegedly don’t work, or the cherished output of J.R.R. Tolkien or The Beatles. But with Lucas, people always want to complain — almost like a reflex reaction — about some elements of the decor, or the music on the jukebox, or a bit of architecture that doesn’t hit them right.

    That roof is slanted. I don’t like that awning. Ugh, why did you have to use cedar panelling in this room? I hate that painting. Those fish are ugly. You have terrible taste in shoes. Your wife is frumpy. Whenever it comes to people championing the prequels, there is always a moment where they give oxygen to disdain and damn with faint praise.

    Otherwise, yeah… right on.

    • Slicer87

      Seems like anytime says anything ahout the prequels, they always have to preface with something disparaging about them. Also I never understood what is supposed to be so wrong with Anakin’s sand line. There are some much weaker lines in the OT than the sand line, yet people can forgive and ignore those lines. The PT just aways been treated to a double standard.

    • Kate

      Yes, it’s so weird how other filmmakers get a pass, but Lucas’ movies all get picked apart to the bone.
      Regarding Kubrick, I recently rewatched the “Space Odyssey”, and really chuckled at their exchange in the pod when they try to hide from HAL. I don’t know why – it was just funny to me. It may have been intentionally comic anyway – just like the sand line was actually a clumsy joke made by Anakin. And I actually think Jar Jar is funny, since I don’t mind slapstick – I grew up on Soviet comedies, and they used it to great measure.

  • Alexrd

    “There’s Anakin’s story and the failure of the Jedi and the jealousy and how the Jedi were responsible for creating Anakin and his seduction to the Dark Side; there’s really deep stuff happening there.”

    Ugh… There is deep stuff happening there. But it seems he didn’t even get the obvious stuff to begin with. The Jedi were responsible for creating Anakin and his seduction to the dark side?!?! What is this guy smoking?

    • jpieper668

      They Wouldn’t train him because of his age they didn’t make him a master on the council they forbid attachments and if you take the clone wars into consideration how they didn’t stand up for ahsoka it’s rather easy (unfortunately)to blame the Jedi for what happened to Anakin (I’m Not Saying It but others are)

      • Alexrd

        Then that’s their problem, not the Jedi’s.

        They rightfully wouldn’t train someone for being too old. There’s a reason for that.
        They rightfully forbade attachments. There’s a reason for that too.

        George Lucas explains why the Jedi are right about their ways in many instances. The audio commentaries of the movies are full of examples of him doing just that. Not to mention that the story of the movies make it pretty obvious that it’s because Anakin didn’t follow their ways that he fell. That people prefer to ignore that because they think one should act on emotions than on reason, and that one shouldn’t honor one’s duty and commitment, and be responsible for one’s actions, says more about their flawed way of thinking than the Jedi being at fault for anything.

        Regarding TCW, Ahsoka was the one who didn’t trust the Jedi Order to begin with, having recklessly escaped prison and resisted arrest instead of following due process, therefore burning the chance of the Jedi being able to help her in an unbiased capacity.

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