One of my strongest memories from adolescence is the disbelief and excitement over the new Star Wars prequels; my dad introduced me to the original movies when I was about eight, so it was only a few years later when I was eleven that Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was coming to theaters. (That I lived in Marin County, with Lucas Arts and Skywalker Ranch and a local movie theater that only played George Lucas‘ movies on each opening weekend, was an extra treat.)
But you know what else I remember from that era? The utter disbelief and disappointment that Lucas’ movies weren’t incredible. The letdown of cheesy, overwrought Phantom Menace and its two sequels. If you’re a dedicated Star Wars fan like me, you’ve gotten over that pain and ignore the burn of those scars. You probably don’t even want to talk about what-ifs and could-bes, because they won’t do any good.
I implore you to drop that reasoning and give Michael Barryte (of Belated Media) twelve minutes of your attention. Because Michael has taken a lot of time to work out just where Phantom Menace went wrong and how some simple plot shifting, character deletion (bye bye, Jar Jar Binks), and tighter focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi could’ve saved the prequels.
Michael was inspired by this blog post from November 2011 (which has been shared around on Twitter lately), which proposes the proper viewing order for all six movies. If that inspired him to do this video, then I want to direct him toward all of the sci-fi and speculative fiction films that lost something between great idea and shoddy execution. (In Time, anyone?) Let’s sic this guy on Space Jail – I mean, Lockout – before it even hits theaters.
[via The Mary Sue]