30 January, 2012

Final Thoughts On Star Wars: The Original Trilogy

As you may know from reading my posts over the past couple of weeks, I've been watching Star Wars for the first time (go HERE for my thoughts on the first movie, and HERE for the second). I saw the final movie in the original trilogy, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, on Saturday.

After watching three movies, I cannot say I was completely bowled over by the series. Luke did not appeal to me, I wasn't utterly enamored by any of the characters, and by the last movie it felt to me like the scenes were too long and dragged. Also, most of it felt predictable; though that's probably due to the "Hero's Journey" formula and the fact so many people have copied the story.

But I am glad I watched them. I liked several of the characters (Princess Leia, Han Solo, R2-D2, Chewbacca, and I even thought Luke was okay by the end), and being a fan of Science Fiction, the world really interested me. (Plus, there's always the fact I won't be so clueless when people talk about the series and say something stupid that makes no sense in relation to the Star Wars universe.)

Overall, I would recommend watching Star Wars, if you haven't yet. They movies are a bit predictable sometimes and the main character, Luke Skywalker, may not always appeal, but it's still an interesting SF trilogy and a good adventure story.

As for the Prequel Trilogy, I don't think I'm going to run and watch those right away. I'm pretty sure I will in the future--since even if they're bad, part of me wants to find out just how bad--but for now, the questions I have about the history of the characters can wait.


And now what am I going to watch?

Now I think I'm going to try and tackle that other well-known Star series, Star Trek; starting with The Original Series, because that's what the library has, and I figure it can't be a terrible idea to start with the original. Right?

Rest assured, I shall be back with commentary on that as well. :)

(Unless you'd prefer I wouldn't?)


In other, unrelated news:

The A-Z April Blogging Challenge sign-ups have begun.

For those of you who may not have heard of this before, it's a challenge hosted by several bloggers (all of which can be seen HERE) where you post for every letter of the alphabet in April, so every day except for 4 days. Last year there were over 1,300 participants (or was it more?) and there's plenty of posting madness, but it's a blast. I've already added my name--I was a participant in 2011, and I am definitely looking forward to doing it in 2012!


How about you? What did you think of Star Wars: The Original Trilogy?

Are you signing up for the A-Z Challenge, and/or have you participated in previous years?

-----The Golden Eagle


Deniz Bevan said...

Personally, I prefer Spaceballs :-)

Pat Hatt said...

Never watched Star Trek, but watched all three Stargates and Battle"star" Galactica, is that enough star power?..haha...Didn't like the furry ewoks?

David P. King said...

You may have already heard this, but what author who writes science fiction hasn't seen Star Wars? (then again, I haven't watched much Star Trek, so it swings both ways there). It's more or less a nostalgia thing being raised on it, which is a reason way some were turned off by the prequels. Didn't measure up to expectations, even though I found the political setup "most impressive." :)

mshatch said...

Just signed up for a-z and while I didn't care for episodes 1-3 it was mainly because of Jar Jar (Good God, George, what were you thinking?). If he hadn't been in it I think the series would've been a hundred times better and most true fans agree. That said, they are worth watching - as long as you don't pay for them :)

And if you like scifi I'll recommend Battlestar Galactica again because it truly is the best scifi series EVER, hands down, imho.

Dan said...

I loved Star Wars when I was a kid but haven't watched the movies in years. It's more of a nostalgia thing for me now.

mooderino said...

Have you seen Terminator, Alien and 2001?

Anonymous said...

Skip the original Star Trek series. Just my opinion. And then watch Firefly.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I wish you could have seen them back in the seventies. There simply was nothing like them in that time period which made them stand out.

Jess said...

I really hope you watch the Prequel Trilogy. It's my favorite three of the six.

Anyway, I'm signing up for the A-Z challenge. This will be my first time, so I'm really excited!!

Hope you enjoy Star Trek! I haven't watched them all but what I've seen I've really liked :)

Old Kitty said...

Lovely Golden Eagle! You will love all of the original Star Trek series. All of them. Without fail!! Look into my eyes..!! You will love them, you will love them!! LOL!

I think what I associate best with the Star Wars trilogy (especially the first one - the original!) was how it was all so new and all so different when it first came out and me and my friends queued for hours to see this film because it was that amazing!! And we loved it!! I think that's why it has a special place in my heart!

Take care

Margo Kelly said...

Yup - signed up for A-Z - and I am a fan of the NEWER Star Trek series ... not so much a fan of the original. Too cheesy. Or maybe I'm just not a fan of Shatner. :)

But ... FIREFLY is defintely AWESOME!!

L.G.Smith said...

Hmm, I think we're both ignorant about the Star Trek movies. I've seen the originally TV show and the latest movie with Chris Pine, but none of the ones in between.

Liz said...

I think the main problem with the prequel trilogy was that so many people had such high expectations for them. There was no way they could ever live up to them.

I've never seen the original Star Trek series (I know, eek!). There's so much out there with Star Trek, though. I was into Star Trek: TNG, probably because they were airing new ones when I watched it, and it was of that moment. (There's also an earthquake story that goes along with one episode...)

And Joshua is right. You've seen Firefly, right?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No doubt they are a little cheesy now but the original trilogy was revolutionary for its time.
You've never watched Star Trek either??? You'll be much more impressed. Just keep in mind the time differences, since the original series aired in the sixties.
And I am a die-hard Star Trek fan!

Colene Murphy said...

I'm sad you aren't in love, but I totally see your point in why. Most people find the love with Star Wars at an early age before it would become a predictable story line, ya know? So that makes sense! Not a Trek fan in the least, but I hope you enjoy that!

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

I saw STAR WARS when I was a kid, the summer it came out, and I was captivated (as everyone was--it was the movie of the year, because not only did everyone see it, they saw it multiple times). It was ground-breaking at the time. And Luke was never the main focus, even though he was the "hero"--we all loved Leia and Han Solo and the droids.

Michelle Merrill said...

Great review. I like Star Wars but am no fanatic by any means. Have fun with the Star Trek Series.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Just really surprises me you write sci-fi but you've never seen Star Wars or Star Trek. Then again, I've never seen Gone With the Wind.

Angelina C. Hansen said...

The original Star Trek series is good for a laugh, but I loved Star Trek: The Next Generation. ^_^

Lynda R Young said...

I'll show my age here, but I remember going to the cinema to watch Stars Wars the original for the first time. I remember waiting in line and getting all excited. My mum had to read the text that floated up the screen for me because it went too fast, lol. I LOVED it, but then I'd never seen anything like it before. I had nothing to compare it to.

Susan Kane said...

The Star Wars trilogy, and then the Star Trek movie--they were the first of that type back when. My husband and I were young parents, out for movie date. Those movies were so exciting, so different. I know that their greatness is eclipsed by the technology of today's movies, but THEN...we were swept up by it all.

Carolyn Abiad said...

I've watched my fair share of Star Trek. I don't seek it out, it just crosses my path sometimes. :)

No A-Z challenges for me. Good luck!

Emily R. King said...

I LOVE the Star Wars original trilogy. I'm introducing it to my sons next week. I'm psyched!

Clarissa Draper said...

I think that the series isn't the best but it is classic and everyone should at least see it once. I signed up for a to z and can't wait.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I feel so old. I saw the Star Wars originals when I was pretty young and they were so great compared to everything that had come before. They are predictable but back then they were great.
Hoorah for A to Z.

Brian said...

My the furs be with you!

Su said...

Funny, Chad and I were just talking about Star Wars! He's the family expert, I'm more 'meh' when it comes to those movies. But you're right that it helps with all the pop culture references.

I'm a big fan of Star Trek, though, so I hope you enjoy them!

Anonymous said...

Me... I'm a Star Trek girl... not a huge Star Wars fan...

J.L. Campbell said...

I watched Star Trek as a teen and haven't since, so I'm way behind.

Alleged Author said...

Did you know "Return of the Jedi" was originally entitled "Revenge of the Jedi"? :)

Cacy said...

Wow. You're going to watch ALL the series Star Trek series? There were like five separate series. That's quite the undertaking. (They're all available on Netflix by the way) I'm not a Trekkie, but my dad is so I've seen my fair share of all the series (except for Deep Space Nine). Generations will always remind me of my childhood and watching with my dad.

Let's see my, favorite series though was probably Voyager (Lady captain power!). My favorite original cast movie is The Voyage Home because it's freakin hilarious. First Contact is my favorite of the Generations cast movies. (I guess I have a thing for time travel.) And I loved the new movie and can't wait for the next.

If you watch them, I hope you enjoy!

Christine Rains said...

I like hearing your views on the movies. It's rare to come across someone how hasn't seen them. I think it would be fun if you watched the original Star Trek series, but it will feel really dated. Even the first seasons of The Next Generation feels dated to me now, but I still enjoy them. I'm with the folks that say Battlestar Galactica is the best sci-fi series if you want to get into another one. Farscape is also tons of fun.

Beth said...

I saw the third movie (#6) when it came out, but didn't see its predecessors until a few years ago. I watched them with my kids, so I was probably focussing more on the sense of adventure than analyzing the story line. I thought they were fun!

Emily Rose said...

I love the series you did on Star Wars! It's been a couple years since I've seen them, so this has inspired me to sit down and watch them again:)
I can't wait for the A-Z Challenge!

Belle said...

I loved the original trilogy of Star Wars. I also love the old Star Trek series. It is dated and Shatner over-acted, but I enjoyed most of the stories. There was passion, love and altruism in them.

Donna Hole said...

I watched the Star Wars movies as they came out, long long ago :) As many have said, they were the NEW thing back then. When I watched LOTR I was as excited as when I watch those first three Star Wars.

And the Star Trek series was a bit corney at times, but it was original - back then. Few people remember just how funny the interaction between Bones and Spock could be, or even between Spock and Kirk.

I actually grew tired of watching all the new Star Trek spin-offs; there were too many scenarios that were updated repeats of the original series. Don't get me wrong; I'm an avid fan of TNG and was sad to see it end.


Jeremy Bates said...

I love all the episodes of Star Wars. I even have the collectible toys of it until now.

Trisha said...

Yes! If you haven't seen Spaceballs, you should. :D I recently re-watched it and realised that the main thing I'd remembered all these years (Pizza the Hut and his demise) was actually a really minor part of the plot. Still, it was entertaining this time around too :)

Re: Star Trek, I've watched a bit, but can't really bring myself to watch more, because my ex boyfriend is obsessed with it and I'd rather not be tarred with his brush. haha

DWei said...

Yeah... I've said this before but embarrassingly enough, I've never seen any of the Star Wars movies yet...

JeffO said...

I have the (dis)advantage of being old enough to have seen these movies in the theaters when they were released. I got totally swept up in Star Wars mania at the time, totally loved it. I did not see the other two films in the series until many years later. The first film in particular looks dated and quite cheesy in hindsight, but it was good fun, and it still is.

Which is about what I'd say for the original Star Trek series, by the way. Cheesy, but fun.

Simon Kewin said...

I tend to agree. The SW movies are OK, stories a bit dull, good fun to watch. But, yeah, give me Star Trek any day!

K. Turley (Clutzattack) said...

The first Star Trek movie, is really, really, dark (visual graphics wise) and it drags a ton.

I saw the A-Z blog thing last year and was wondering what that was about. Sounds like a fun challenge.

Connie Keller said...

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Susan Fields said...

I watched the original Star Wars series in the theater when I was a kid. I remember having a hard time following the plot, but that's probably just because I was a kid and not because it was overly complicated. Mostly I thought Han Solo was cute. :)

C D Meetens said...

I admit to loving the original "Star Wars" trilogy (the prequels were a bit meh), but I did grow up with it. "A New Hope" used to be on every year, probably around Christmas.

My sister really got into them when she was a teenager, and used to be able to say the dialogue along with the characters :D. I never went that far!

I don't think I would want to see "Star Trek", although I've enjoyed some episodes of "The Next Generation". Will be interested to know what you think.

Stuart Nager said...

GE: glad you got through the trilogy. You also have to remember when they were made, so dark and deep was not part of the movie style then. The later trilogy is wrong on a lot of levels (Jar-Jar; horribly miscast with Hayden Christensen and a very wooden Natalie Portman), but it does have a lot of good things...it's just expectations were so high, and it just didn't come close.

As to Star Trek: I love the original, as I watched them as they aired as a kid. In turn, you have Next Generation, Voyager/Deep Space Nine, and Enterprise. Next Gen, Voyager and DS9 all have the same problem: the first season of each series just are not all that great (some great moments but...). I love where DS9 went after it's first season; became one of my favorites.

I DO strongly suggest you watch "Firefly" if you haven't. There are may series out there: Firefly is a fan favorite. Another of mine: Farscape. Enjoy.

Mina Burrows said...

I think it's a timing thing with Star Wars. It was so unique when it debuted - sort of like blew people away. Now, sci-lovers have different expectations. But still, Star Wars sets a bar and its a series that most SF writers would love to match or surpass.

Sarah Pearson said...

I much prefer The Next Generation to the original star trek series, but that's probably because Kirk irritates me and Picard is awesome :-)

Jen Chandler said...

I grew up with Star Wars. I love them. I watch them all the time. Seriously...just ask my husband :D They're feel good movies for me, go to movies when I'm down or need a good laugh.

I just signed up for the A-Z. It is incredible how many people are participating!!

Ah, Star Trek. Love it. After the original, you should definitely make the time to watch Next Generation :D Oh, and since we're talking Sci-Fi here, have you watched Firefly? If not, it's definitely worth watching.


Milo James Fowler said...

R2D2 is the man-er-droid!

Mark Noce said...

I love the original trilogy. I have quite a few Han Solo t-shirts at home. It's also really fun to watch the movies with a bunch of people, it's part of the fan experience:)

Shallee said...

I love Star Wars, but I think a lot because I grew up with it. I actually watched George Lucas's commentary on the DVD, and learned a lot about how he wrote it. I think Star Wars is a classic because in its day, it was the first movie of its kind. It did all sorts of new things and broke the mold. Even though styles have changed since it was made, I still love it!

Sangu Mandanna said...

I do love the original trilogy, but I have to admit I can't watch it without a) cringing at some of the unspeakably cheesy lines and b) wanting to smack Luke. :-)

Carrie Butler said...

You're starting out 2012 with all kinds of geeky fun! I'm jealous. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Deniz: I've never heard of Spaceballs before . . . um, is that bad? :P

Pat: LOL. There are a lot of "star"s in SF titles.

David: I hadn't actually heard that before, but I kind of guessed based on how well-known Star Wars is.

Mshatch: Can't wait to see your A-Z posts!

I'm planning to take them out of the library. :)

I'll have to see if I can find that one somewhere . . .

Dan: It can be fun to watch old movies. :)

Mooderino: I've seen 2001 (and read the book by Arthur C. Clarke), but not the other two.

Joshua: A lot of people have recommended Firefly! I'll have to check that one out.

Michael: I'm sure I would have enjoyed them more if I had. I'm pretty sure that's why I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

Jess: I probably will later this year; just not immediately.

Awesome! :)

Thanks! I'm looking forward to Star Trek.

Old Kitty: I hope so! I'm excited to watch the series. :)

Ah . . . now you've made me wish I could time travel back to its original release date.

Margo: Looking forward to seeing you in the Challenge, then!

I had to Google Shatner to find out who he was. :P I'm wondering what I'll think of him now.

L.G.: I haven't seen any Star Trek at all, actually. So it's all new territory for me.

Liz: It will be interesting for me, then, since my expectations were high for the original trilogy and are lower for the first.

Nope, never seen Firefly. It sounds like a cool show from what people are saying in the comments, though!

Alex: *hides* No, I've never watched Star Trek . . .

There seem to be a lot of Trekkies here. :)

Colene: I wish I had seen it earlier, now. I think I would have had a different opinion of the trilogy. But oh well. I still thought it was good, just not spectacular. :)


Jennifer: I can definitely see why Luke wouldn't be the main focus. He certainly has part of the spotlight, but there's less action on his side.

Michelle: Thank you. :)

L. Diane: I'm not sure if that's a help or a hindrance, really. I don't think it's necessary to read/watch a lot of stories in the genre you write, but most people do.

I didn't really like Gone With the Wind--the book, that is. Scarlett never appealed to me. :P

Angelina: TNG seems to be popular; still, I'd like to start out with the original, just to see what it was like in the beginning. :)

Lynda: The text does move rather fast.

It sounds like you've got some great memories attached to the movies!

The Golden Eagle said...

Susan: I think Star Wars has still stood the test of time, though. The FX might not be as amazing by today's standards but it's a good story.

Carolyn: I'm (obviously) a big fan of SF, so I'm on the hunt for it now. :P


Emily: I hope they enjoy it! :D

Clarissa: I agree.

Me, neither. Though I don't mind having more time before 2012 is one third gone!

Susan: I think they're still good movies. It's just there's so much similar to it these days that part of the magic has dissipated.


Brian: LOL. May the furs be with you, too!

Su: It's nice to know what people are talking about. :P

Thank you!

Tfwalsh: There are a lot of Star Trek people here. :)

J.L.: Well, I'm just starting. LOL. I haven't seen any Star Trek at all.

Alleged: No, I didn't! Thanks for sharing that bit of information. :)

Cacy: If I like them. If TOS doesn't appeal I may see if I can get TNG or watch one of the movies. But if it does . . . yeah, all of them. :P

I guessed that they would be on Netflix, but we get all of our movies from the library these days so viewing is limited to what can be put on hold.

Hooray for female captains! I love it when there are strong women protagonists, too.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the movies! :)

Christine: I'm glad you like them.

LOL. I have to say, I'm a little embarrassed to be an SF writer who hasn't seen all the SF classics.

Battlestar Galactica is one I've heard of before--Farscape doesn't ring a bell. I'm putting it on my list, though. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Beth: They are fun movies, that's for sure!

Emily: Glad you enjoyed it! :)

Here's to the A-Z!

Belle: Good to hear you liked them; I'm excited to finally watch Star Trek.

Donna: Both LOTR and Star Wars kind of have the same feel to me--interesting, good movies, but they just didn't give me the sense that I could geek out on them. :P

There are a lot of Star Trek movies, I noticed!

Jeremy: Cool. :)

Trisha: No, I haven't seen Spaceballs--sounds like a fun series though!

And: Pizza the Hut? LOL.

I can see that. I'm not sure I'd want to start getting into something an ex enjoyed, either!

DWei: They're good movies; I'd recommend seeing them, but if you haven't, I don't think you're really missing out on anything fantastic.

JeffO: I think it would be an advantage. :) It's been a while since anything really captured and hooked me that way--though Harry Potter is still one of my ultimate favorites.

Simon: I'm glad there's so much support for Star Trek. It's making me more excited to watch it!

K. Turley: I'm actually starting with the series, not the first movie. Though I may try watching the movies at some point . . .

It is! :) I hope you'll join in for 2012.

Connie: REALLY? I'll be over in just a second!

Susan: LOL. Well, he is. ;)

C D: Sounds like you had a fun time watching them, though! :)

Hopefully, I'll have a post on Star Trek in the coming weeks--depends on what weekend those library holds come in.

Stuart: As I said to Liz, I think it will be interesting, for me, to watch the prequel trilogy. My expectations aren't that high after seeing the original trilogy, which will probably affect my opinion.

Nope, haven't seen Firefly. It sounds like a must-watch, though. :)

Mina: Oh, definitely. I'd do plenty of things to create something that could compete with Star Wars!

Sarah: I get the sense there's a raging debate over Kirk and Picard, just based on what I've come across on the internet. :P I have no idea at the moment . . .

Jen: I love movies like that! I think HP does that for me.

Indeed! There are so many people signed up and it's only the second day.

I don't know how many people have suggested it already, but you're probably around the 10th. Which means I think I had better go check it out. :)

Milo: He is!

Mark: I want to do that someday. It is fun to do fan things with other people. :)

Shallee: I'm sure that's the reason why it is so popular--it was truly original when it came out, but in today's environment it just isn't as fresh.

Sangu: LOL. Yeah, me too.

Carrie: Watching Star Wars and Star Trek was on my list for 2012, actually. Yes, SF nerd here.

Why not join me? :)

Krispy said...

I'm glad you watched Star Wars too. I agree with you on a lot of it, but like some people have already pointed out - for a lot of people it has nostalgia working for it. When it came out, it was unlike anything people had ever seen before. I suppose it's a bit like James Cameron's AVATAR in that the story isn't really anything new and is pretty predictable, but the world-building and technological advances are incredible.

My friends and I came to Star Wars late (we didn't realy get into it until EP II was coming out), but we got sucked in by EP I despite the bare bones storyline, (some) not-so-great acting, and Jar Jar because we were so blown away by the world-building - the sights and sounds and societies. And it's pretty cool to see how the Prequels link up with the original trilogy.

Anyway, like I said, if you liked the world building and adventure part of it, the Clone Wars TV series (spanning the time period between Episodes II and III) is actually pretty good. Better than the Prequel movies themselves in some respects because it's quick and fun and characters that I usually find annoying aren't (or if they are, it's a lot less).

Haven't watched Star Trek the show, but I loved JJ Abrams movie reboot. I also have to second the recommendation for Battlestar Galatica (not the super old original one). That show is RIDICULOUSLY good. The writing is top notch.

The Golden Eagle said...

Krispy: I thought the same bout Avatar. The story wasn't original (I couldn't stop thinking about Pocahontas . . .) but the technology was amazing.

I'm looking forward to finding out what the prequel trilogy answers about the original. :)

I've only heard Battlestar Galactica mentioned--never watched it myself. Thanks for the recommendation!

Deniz Bevan said...

Spaceballs is hilarious! You've got to see it, now that you've watched the actual Star Wars films.

The Golden Eagle said...

Deniz: Sounds awesome. :)

Claire Hennessy said...

I have watched one or two Star Wars and am not a fan (my son keeps bugging me to watch them all) but I have just finished all the Battlestar Galactica and it is fantastic! I would highly recommend you watch it. Also the Star Trek movie is fab.

Anthony said...

'The Empire Strikes Back' is probably the best of the six movies. Yes, it's predictable as well, but....

Speaking of Battlestar Galactica, I think some studio exec should consider making the prequel (the first war between humans and the Cylons) into a big-budget movie.

The Golden Eagle said...

Claire: Thanks for the recommendations! :)

Anthony: I think that one's my favorite of the original trilogy, too.

I read the promotional thing/blurb (is there a specific name for those when it comes to movies?) for Battlestar Galactica, and I immediately thought there would be plenty of room for a prequel.

Pearson Report said...

Hi Golden Eagle...it appears, as I was making my way through the list, I failed to post a comment on here - bad, Jenny, bad!

Anyway...I'm very please that you are all signed up and ready for the challenge! Yay - I loved your stuff last year and can hardly wait to see what you're up to this year!

And...thanks for featuring the A to Z Challenge here in your post!

Jenny @ Pearson Report
Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.
Twitter: @AprilA2Z