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Recently, prequel basher Simon Pegg said the prequel trilogy was a “monumental”¬†misunderstanding of what the originals were all about. I’m not sure how he thinks George Lucas misunderstands his own material…somebody should ask him to explain himself for that arrogant comment. But it did get me thinking about the things I misunderstood about Star Wars as a kid. I’m not talking about the simple stuff like calling the bad guy “Dark Vader”, or that he used a “lightsaver”. I’m talking about story elements that you weren’t old enough to understand or just werent’ paying enough attention.

For example, before I bothered reading and comprehending (which is really the key) the opening crawl, back when I was probably seven or eight years old, I assumed that the second Death Star was actually the first Death Star, and that the Rebel Alliance had only managed to blow up half of it in A New Hope. I suppose my child brain figured “why would you build something that was so easily destroyed the first time around?” Oops.

One thing I still don’t get to this day is what Jabba does to Leia once she frees Han from the carbonite.

The other one came from Attack of the Clones. At the end of the movie, Count Dooku tells Sidious that “the war has begun”. For whatever reason, I had the hardest time understanding him. Until I got the DVD and check the subtitle, I thought he was saying “the boy has begun”. I took this to mean that the process of turning Anakin in to a dark, violent machine (figuratively and literally) had commenced.

So what about you? Anything to confess?

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Comments (2)

  1. I get where Pegg is coming from because before the prequels came to be and we only had the originals to watch, a lot of people had set ideas of what had happened before them (some of it based on the novelizations and things said in the films). I better not get into it or I’ll be typing for a while here. It’s true that it was Lucas’ baby, but I think he dropped the ball in a massive way.

    As a kid I think I was pretty lucky in the fact that I didn’t really misunderstand very much but I know I had the idea that only men could be Jedis for some reason. I don’t know why I thought that at the time but when Yoda said there was another, I was positive it was Han.

    1. I can agree with some of Pegg’s sentiments. I part ways with him over his black and white thinking though. No respect for people who like them? Good lord, dude! Get over yourself! Based on novelizations, what did we know about the prequels? We knew about the Clone Wars, and that the Jedi fought in them. We knew about Obi Wan and Vader fighting alongside a volcano, which became a volcano planet. We knew about how Palpatine schemed his way to power. All of those things happened in the prequels, but those aren’t really the things people pick on. They pick on Jar Jar, midichlorians, and awkward love scenes.

      I like that you thought Han was the other. At first I didn’t know who they were talking about. What’s interesting about that conversation between Obi-Wan and Yoda is that while Yoda says “no, there is another” (that Obi Wan should have known about without being told), it’s that just seconds earlier Yoda tells Luke that if he honors what Han and Leia fight for, then he ought to sacrifice them. So on one hand he’s counting her as a safety net if Luke fails, an on the other he basically makes her expendable.

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