7 Things George Lucas Did to Make Fans Hate Him
First, before you FREAK OUT with the hate mail, keep in mind that this post aims to address WHY there are fans out there that hate George Lucas (because there are), and what those reasons are.
I decided to do some research, including watching the entire Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy again before writing this post. On a sidenote, all my DVDs were packed up as I had just moved, and I really didn’t feel like watching crappy bootlegs online.
So I was actually able to watch all of the Star Wars movies for only a $1 each by using VidAngel. It’s pretty cool, if you get time, check them out.
Here are 7 Reasons why fans are pissed off!
George Lucas, once the Overlord of Nerdom, has developed a track record of distain from fans in recent years. The once loved Director of such classics as Star Wars and Indiana Jones, is now the pun of many jokes and memes.
Of course, some say it’s his own fault. But do you know WHY?
#1. Hypocrisy. Just Look What Lucas Said in 1988.
As I am sure you have guessed, several of the reasons why Lucas is hated are due to him changing Star Wars, but before we jump into some of the specific things he changed, lets look at what his view on changing movies was in 1988.
People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians, and if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society. —George Lucas circa 1988
Huh? Even though Mr. Lucas made this very bold and brash statement, he goes on years later to do a Special Edition version of Star Wars: A New Hope where he replaces the Mos Eisley Cantina scene with a Muppets like musical number. Really George? REALLY?!?!?
Which brings us to Han . . .
#2. He Ruined Han Solo's Character
Why can’t he just leave well enough alone? Han Solo is a Mercenary. For those that do not know the definition of Mercenary, (apparently George Lucas doesn’t), here is the definition:
Definition of Mercenary: (of a person or their behavior) primarily concerned with making money at the expense of ethics.
In the Original Trilogy, Hans was on the run from those he owes money AND he was a wanted man! Bounty Hunters are looking for him so he must always be on the lookout!
Originally, Han shot Greedo the Bounty Hunter FIRST because he didn’t want to risk getting killed or captured. He shot first and asked questions later. This is what a Mercenary in his position would do!
When Lucas remastered the Original Trilogy, he changed the scene so that Greedo shot first, implying Han shot out of self defense, which I presume is to make Han seem more likable and less cutthroat.
Screw that! Han is a Merc, that’s what Mercs do! That’s Han friggen Solo!
Remember this quote?
"Look, I ain't in this for your revolution, and I'm not in it for you, Princess. I expect to be well paid. I'm in it for the money."
Yeah, what a sensitive guy. We ALL liked Han Solo just fine BEFORE the remastered trilogy, you don’t need to convince us Mr. Lucas!
#3. The Nooooo Vader Yell
No, not the one at the end of Revenge of the Sith, even though that moment single-handedly took the greatest villain in the galaxy and turned him into a whiny bitch. Alas no.
Remember the scene in Return of the Jedi where the Emperor is just about to kill Luke, and Vader silently grabs the Emperor and throws him down the tunnel to his death?
Well I do, and I remember Vader’s silence while doing that really had an emotional impact on the scene. The fact that he changed his mind and did it without having to verbalize it just made the scene even more powerful.
We didn’t need to hear Vader vocalize his disdain for what was happening, the fact that he killed the Emperor totally got the point across all by it’s whee little self.
In the remastered version, George Lucas felt the need to add not one but TWO NOOOOOOs into the dialogue. Why? For what possible reason? All it served to do was dilute the scene. Vader’s silence, even while performing a selfless act, still further solidified he’s creepy nature.
Lucas ruined this by adding in dialogue and making Vader once again sound like a whiny baby, further reminding us about the dreaded and cheesy NOOOOO that ended Revenge of the Sith.
#4. He Abandoned Practical Effects
I’ll probably say this about 27 times in this post, but practical effects were the heart of the Star Wars franchise. For the most part, people don’t like too much CGI, especially in movies that are grounded in story telling.
Lucas apparently didn’t get the memo that people LOVED his movies the way they are and decided to not only make a second trilogy that was completely void of the classic Star Wars elements that we loved, but to also go back and add CGI to the Original Trilogy! Blasphemy!
George’s defense to this is, that as time moves forward, he wants to update his movies using technology that wasn’t available to him when he originally made these movies. What? Why!?!?! Who does that???
In addition, here are 3 more CGI atrocities Lucas has unleashed:
- CGI Yoda in the Second Trilogy
- Jar Jar F@&(NG Binks!
- The train wreck that was the CGI Jabba re-edited into A New Hope in 1997
#5. He Lied to Justify Horrible CGI Usage
When the backlash from all his “changes” happened, along with a renewed backlash from the over abundance of CGI usage in The Phantom Menace and subsequent films, Lucas tried to back track and explain himself to fans. Sort of.
When asked specifically about his CGI Yoda in an interview, Lucas told THR:
"We tried to do Yoda in CGI in Episode I, but we just couldn’t get it done in time. We couldn't get the technology to work, so we had to use the puppet, but the puppet really wasn’t as good as the CGI. So when we did the re-issue, we had to put the CGI back in, which was what it was meant to be."
What?!?!?! That is the best you could come up with George? I have heard better lies from 5 year olds stealing from the cookie jar!
The practical effects and puppets were what made Star Wars and Indiana Jones such enjoyable forms of art! Replacing them with new technology is not making them better, it’s making them worse!
#6. He Blamed Fans
Oh this, this one gets me every time.
In a 2012 New York Times interview, George was asked if he was going to make anymore Star Wars films. He responded by throwing a pity party.
"Why would I make any more when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?"
Ummm, because you ruined all your movies for the sake of being politically correct, and you owe it to us to make up for it. Why not win your way back into the fans good graces rather than throw a pity party?
#7. He Made Indiana Jones 4. Nuff Said.
I saved the best for last.
Oh man, where do I start. There are so many things wrong with this movie I think I could write an entire post on it. Perhaps even a book!
First of all, the Indiana Jones movies were successful partly because they used practical effects. Fans loved the use of practical effects and they was an extremely important part of the franchise. Even more so than Star Wars.
However, in this latest pile of dung from Mr. Lucas, he completely changes direction and includes Shia Labeouf swinging from vines with monkeys, a horrible CGI Alien, CGI groundhogs, and Indiana Jones surviving a nuclear blast by climbing inside a refrigerator. Oh did I mention, ALIENS???
Supernatural I get. Religious I get. That is Indiana Jones lore. But aliens? Give me a break!
George Lucas still has fans, don’t get me wrong. But he also has a lot of upset fans.
So what do you think?
Do you hate George Lucas, or are these trivial gripes that fan should just let go? Sound off in the comments!
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