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?