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Star Wars That I Used To Know

As usual, I'm about the 4 millionth person to see a funny video. But I've seen it, and now I need to share it here in case there are other mid-thirties individuals who feel oh-so-badly hurt by George Lucas. Whatever did happen to the Star Wars we used to know?

Before watching the video, here's a fun Star Wars activity (by fun I mean sad):
  • Name five characteristics that describe Han Solo. Pretend you are summarizing his character for someone who has never seen the original trilogy, i.e. one of your undergrads.
  • Now name five characteristics that describe Qui-Gon Jinn
See? It's not just a nostalgia for days gone past. The new Star Wars movies are fundamentally bad films on many levels! (Credit Red Letter Media for the new vs. old character test) The characters are weak, the acting is horrible, the story is...entirely absent! Don't believe me?

  • Give the one-minute elevator pitch for Episode IV. What is the basic story arc?
  • Do the same for Episode II
Okay, on to "The Star Wars That I Used To Know":

Comments

Amy P said…
Those 2 questions hit the nail right on the head! I have seen Episode IV-VI tens of times. I believe I saw I-III exactly once each. No story. Lame-ass characters.

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