ByAndrew Brindley, writer at Creators.co
Film reviewer, comic book fan and all around movie watcher.
Andrew Brindley

So in roughly 3 months we'll all be walking into our cinemas to witness the revival or burial of a franchise. The yet to be known force I'm speaking about (no pun intended) is 'Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens'.

This new film has been both blessed and cursed by the previous prequel era. It either has less to live up to, or far more to rise above. Similar to attempting to dig yourself out of the grave someone else (George Lucas) dug for you. Now, while some may argue that there are seemingly underrated values of the prequels, those types of people don't know how truly wrong they are when you really think about. Shall we begin?

1. The Prequels Ruined Yoda (They Didn't Make Him Awesome)

Yoda, ah yes. The wise and masterful Jedi. How I remember his teaches to Luke in episode 5...Hmm...let us recall a few of them.

"A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense. Never for attack."
"There is do and do not. There is no try."
"Wars not make one great."
"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter."

Aren't those so wise? You see, by making Yoda a little guy, we were shown how the Force goes beyond the psychical. We all had a preconception that Yoda would be a large and imposing force to be reckoned with. Then we realized that the Force doesn't just apply to those who have a worthy enough stature. It can be used by all forms of life.

But then they give Yoda a lightsaber in the prequels. This decision totally goes back on everything Yoda said and stood for. My issue with it is that Yoda obviously has a psychical disadvantage against all his human sized opponents. For two seemingly obvious reasons. Firstly, Yoda is much smaller. This means that Yoda has to jump and bounce off the walls in order to duel. So what if he is in a environment with no walls or objects to jump and bounce off of? Also what if his opponents also started jumping and doing flips? Secondly, Yoda has a shorter lightsaber blade to accommodate his size. This means that he should logically never be able to reach Sidious or Dooku, who have much longer blades. Which is ultimately the case in both duels. So tell me this, if Yoda can fight because he's such a powerful Force user, what would happen if he fought a 100 ft tall Sith with a 70 ft long lightsaber blade? He'd die due to his small size. Also Yoda said the Jedi use the Force for knowledge and defense but never for attack. Although he is the first to attack in both duels...

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter."

I'm sorry, Yoda, it does. Size does matter when facing a psychical confrontation. Also I suppose all your battles never mattered in the end, since, wars don't make one great. You've been ruined in the prequels, Yoda. I'm so sorry.

2. Lightsabers Become Officially Misunderstood Forever

I'm both surprised and disappointed at the number of people who didn't acknowledge and grasp the concept and ideology of the lightsaber duels in the original Star Wars films. To quickly reiterate, lightsaber duels were and are more about the characters emotional states and actions and much less about the fight itself. The duel is used to express the characters. So if you think the prequel duels were great, than I'm afraid you miss the point entirely. Sure you can use the reasoning that these prequel Jedi are in their prime and are more highly skilled in combat. But this still doesn't excuse the lack of humanity nor emotion between the two conflicting beings of opposing ideologies when in battle. Simply put, no one expresses any emotions in the prequel duels. It's all obviously choreographed and rehearsed. Even when they become angry and distraught, they still maintain their composure and control. They never just express their rage like say Luke in Episode 6 or Vader at the end of Episode 5. Lightsaber duels were also something of a momentous occasion in the originals. They didn't always pull out the swords unless it was really important or a intense moment. In the episodes 1-3, the lightsaber is drawn on as a way to wake up the audience after the boring political dialog.

3. The Force Was Totally Demeaned

Use the Force, Luke.
The Force will be with you. Always.

These were Obi Wan's words to Luke before he allowed himself to be cut down by Vader for a great purpose. The Force was a magical like power throughout the universe. It could be obtained through anyone who believed and allowed themselves to feel it. But now in the prequels it's explained that a connection to the Force is nothing more than high midi-chlorian counts in your bloodstream. The Force was supposedly everywhere and in everything and for anyone. But not anymore...So much for being magical the Force was.

"For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us.

While I'm not close minded and am always open to other ways of thinking, I honestly don't want to hear any comments regarding "go read the books". I shouldn't have to read that to understand the concepts displayed in a movie. The film should've explained enough. If it doesn't (or didn't), well that just strengthens my argument that the prequels suck.

So that should about do it. Are you grapsing the wisdom of the original films? Let us know in the comments below and finally let yourself be freed of the prequel plague that once consumed you. This plagued is known as denial.

May The Force Be You. Always.

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