I honestly had no idea that the special editions were hated until the internet really came into its own.
Thing is, for the most part they've improved the stories. See, I don't have that nostalgia attached to the original versions, so I don't have 20 years of being used to seeing one thing. Not everything worked in the special editions, but certainly enough did and you can see the reasoning if you bother to think about it.
The first changes are on Tatooine. We see an exterior shot of the sandcrawler (compensating for the immobility of the original prop), and Stormtroopers on Dewbacks (the Dewbacks were always there, but they were immobile props)
I get the impression that Lucas wanted a busy, lush, heavily populated, very real world in his films. A city is a city, and that means a lot of people and traffic. In 1977, he didn't have that ability. It helps if you compare the Mos Eisley shots with travelogues in other films; they set the stage. It's in stark contrast to what we've seen
Given that other platforms aren't quite as accessible, I've decided to explain my history and opinions on one of my main fandoms. After all, I have Darth in my title, something I've given myself since junior high.
So for every day of May, Star Wars month, I'm going to be talking about Star Wars from my personal perspective. Today, I'll start with my own personal story.
I think it all started with the Ewok films. My parents recorded them off TV onto our VHS, and I would watch them with my brother and cousins. They were fun and thrilling and exotic and funny and scary and very exciting. The special effects blew my mind. The Gorax and Marauders gave me nightmares, but the exotic swashbuckling fantasy feel was completely new and thrilling to me, and I loved seeing these little teddy bears save the day against all odds. It was something I really hadn't experienced before; a taste of fantasy film. I had no idea they were connected to the larger Star Wars franchise.
I had heard that
Something I'm thinking about: does photography count as an artistic talent? My hand-eye coordination is terrible, so my art hasn't improved since I was 7 years old, but I've been developing an interest in photography. I love nature, and architecture, and fossil mounts, so I usually take pictures of those. I've been tempted to post of it here, but I'm not sure if it would count, or even if the photos would be good enough to count as art. My creativity is my greatest strength, but my greatest weakness is my lack of confidence and low-self esteem. I have a feeling I'm going to post my photos soon anyway, but it's certainly a challenge. Of cours