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Analyzing Star Wars on a Sunny Afternoon

What do you think about the changes we've seen in the OT over the years?

Here’s some truth:

I fear when folks ask me ‘What did you do last weekend?’ Or query ‘How was Sunday?’ or some such thing.

Why? Because I live in New England and the natural beauty of the area sets everyone to hiking, swimming, or sailing. I don’t even like eating a sandwich outside.

So when I’m able to find a free moment, I analyze Star Wars, and I seek out others who do the same. Heck, it’s how I found Amanda and Jason Ward. So today, while others are sunning themselves, planting a garden, or heading to Hampton Beach, I am typing, and watching, and typing some more.

And this weekend’s obsession is focused on the many versions of 1977’s Star Wars, now known as Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope and I was happy to find a couple of Saga aficionados–nerdier than I–who have compiled videos detailing the differences between the Star Wars we saw in the ’70s and ’80s through to more recent changes.

First up: Marcelo Zuniga‘s four-video breakdown of the Original Trilogy:

Then there is Hello Greedo’s eight-part playlist:

To quote Kirby from St. Elmo’s Fire:

I’m obsessed thank you very much.”

And these guys are even more obsessed with Star Wars than I am!

That fact, in-of-itself, is a feat, but the videos are pretty impressive (most impressive) too. So, as I look through the changes, my favorite enhancements are the digital additions to the beginning of the battle of Yavin; seeing the full force of the Rebel Alliance digitized in all of its glory is awesome.

My least favorite? Too many things are going on when Luke and the gang speed into Mos Eisley–if you’ve seen one Womp rat you’ve seen them all; it’s just too damn busy and tends to break down the desolation we’re supposed to feel on Tatooine.

Mind you: The added creatures in the Mos Eisley scene don’t keep me up at night.

Here’s the thing: I’m not an OT purist, and I can admit that I love many of George Lucas’ changes to the Saga. However, I know there are a whole bunch of fans who just can’t stand any of the changes. NBD. We can co-exist, and I’ll be interested to hear what folks have to say after I post.

To paraphrase Ben Kenobi, Keep it civilized…


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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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