George Lucas and his legacy have no need of saving (”What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been”). I have followed the prequels with enthusiasm and not been at all disappointed in them. The critics’ hostility I can understand; it’s my fellow fanboys who annoy me, and I’ve read their message board rants. In the article you claim their complaint is ”I just wish they were cooler.” Having read and listened to their petulant whining, I contend that the real complaint is ”That’s not the way I would have done it!” And no, it’s not the way I would’ve done it, either. But then, Lucas doesn’t have to do it the way we would. All he has to do is create a ripping space opera, which he has done.
Your article on why Star Wars lost its way missed a major point: George Lucas still refuses to release the original films on DVD. We don’t begrudge him the fact that the prequels are disappointing. We begrudge him the fact that we can no longer watch the films we fell in love with the way we fell in love with them. The solution couldn’t be simpler — tinker away, just leave us the option of seeing them in their original state. Everyone wins. But Lucas won’t do this. To tell us that we’re wrong for loving them, and to deny us the right to ever see them again, is the height of arrogance. Which, in hindsight, makes sense — only someone this blindly arrogant, who doesn’t listen to a word of advice, would direct a film like Episode I — The Phantom Menace.
New York City
Did you not just have Star Wars on the cover a few weeks ago? Please do us all a favor and look up the meaning of saturation — that describes how I feel about your coverage of the most overhyped movie franchise ever. Thank God this is the last one.
I just have to say that I loved your article about American Idol judge Simon Cowell (”Judge Dread”). People always seem to think of him as a mean, rude, and egotistical Brit who should be shot, but your interview helped prove differently: He actually knows what he’s doing, he’s extremely successful, and somewhere deep down, he’s got a heart.
I was a Dave Chappelle fan even before the premiere of Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central (”Chappelle’s No-Show,” News & Notes), and I believe he is the most talented comedian of his generation. I must admit that I was kind of let down to hear that Chappelle’s Show would not be returning this year (okay, I practically cried). As a fan, I can’t help but feel a little responsible for some of the pressure Mr. Chappelle has been under to create a consistently hilarious show. I feel blessed to have had the unforgettable experience that was Chappelle’s Show for as long as I did. We fans don’t expect perfection from him; we just want to know that like us, he’s having a good time.