Return of the Puppets: 5 Things I Want to See in a New Star Wars Trilogy

6 01 2010

IGN wrote an article earlier this week, listing  some ideas for a possible 3rd Star Wars trilogy.  While many of their suggestions might seem new to the casual layman, any true Star Wars fan has already thought of these (and about a billion more).  Personally, I think the only direction to go is back…go further back in the Star Wars timeline, mining stories from the thousands of years pre-Prequel Trilogy (a la Knights of the Old Republic and Tales of the Jedi).

But wherever these hypothesized stories may take us, there are a few things these movies must have.  I’m reminded of the film The Five Obstructions, where Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier challenges his mentor, Jorgen Leth, to recreate his film, The Perfect Human, five different times with a series of strict stipulations.  So, Lucas & Co…here are my 5 obstructions:

  1. No blue screen: Watching behind-the-scenes featurettes on my Episode II & III DVDs is like watching a computer seize into the blue screen of death.  Sure, you can do things with CGI that you just can’t do (due to budget, etc.) on a regular set and I like a visually spectacular, eye-candy movie just as much as the next audience member.  But enough is enough.  Star Wars doesn’t need huge, elaborate sets (the most memorable sets of the entire saga are dusty desert hovels, gleaming military hangars and monochromatic ice caves).  So, if it can’t be built, painted or shot on location…I don’t want it.
  2. Models: Peter Jackson recognized the importance of models for The Lord of the Rings series.  And nothing has changed.  You can light and shoot a model in a way you just can’t in a computer.  Sure it’s close, sure most people can’t tell the difference…but it feels different.  The effects in the Original Trilogy feel more real.  A new trilogy would need a room full of models as seen in the photo above.  So George…get out your model glue and get to work!
  3. Puppets: Prosthetic masks and puppets have given the Star Wars saga the Cantina scene and Yoda, two of the most memorable elements of all six films.  Bring back the puppets!  It was just creepy to see Yoda form syllables…
  4. A trusty spaceship: The Millennium Falcon is one of the most iconic spaceships in film history.  It became a character in the Original Trilogy: we cared about her almost as much as Han did, cringing when she was pelted with asteroids, willing her to get her ass into hyperspace.  The Falcon acted as a sort of base of operations for our space heroes, a home on…sublight drives?  The Prequel Trilogy was sorely lacking such a ship.  Even the video game Knights of the Old Republic had the Ebon Hawk.
  5. Less Jedi: What?! Less Jedi? Yes.  Less Jedi, less lightsaber fights, less midi-chlorians.  In A New Hope, the Jedi were mystical, mysterious, the Force was magical, lightsabers were rare…the entire Original Trilogy only had three Jedi!  The Prequel Trilogy introduced legions of Jedi, everyone had a lightsaber and the Force lost its magic with the introduction of midi-chlorians.  A new Star Wars trilogy needs to bring the magic back.  While it was awesome to see the heyday of the Jedi, while it’s awesome to see crazy lightsaber fights (both in the films and The Clone Wars television series), a new trilogy needs to get back to basics…the characters, the story.

So there you have it, my list of 5 obstructions for a new Star Wars trilogy.  While it may seem I’m ragging on the Prequel Trilogy, I’m not.  In fact, I like the Prequels more than most.  I’m old enough to remember a time before the Prequels, and young enough to have enjoyed them.  I just think a new trilogy needs to get the Star Wars mojo back, get a little retro.

What do you think?  What would you like to see in a possible third Star Wars trilogy?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

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One response

6 01 2010

I think these are all perfectly valid points. I detect a mega Star Wars Nerd 😉

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