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A Plea from a Schmoe: Chill out, Star Wars fanboys!

Dec. 4, 2012by: Alex Maidy

There has been a lot of talk on this site and pretty much every other website in the world regarding the sale of LucasFilm to Disney. With the news that STAR WARS: EPISODE VII was coming in 2015, many of us were excited. When the news followed that Disney planned on making a lot more STAR WARS movies in the near future, some fans began to waffle. Those fans that proclaim themselves to be STAR WARS purists, the news of Disney taking over their franchise was the worst possible news. To those fans, I have one thing to say: chill the f*ck out!

Deadline ran a story today that Disney-owned ABC is airing an episode of EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION featuring STAR WARS characters helping to build a home for a deserving family. The episode, filmed a year ago (prior to the Disney merger), featured a LucasFilm approved group of re-enactors who perform good deeds while dressed as Darth Vader, stormtroopers, and more. The angry fanboy who wrote to Deadline had this to say: “This is disgusting and it’s exactly what people were afraid of with Disney buying Star Wars. They are ruining the franchise by using it for trivial bullshit. Please write about this. It’s outrageous and it’s totally wrong.”

First of all, this is not trivial bullshit. Sure, it is a television show that is out there to make money, but Hollywood is a business. Being pissed about this is on par with being pissed about ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS or the myriad of other Lucas-approved STAR WARS memorabilia. There is really no point in getting mad at this because it was going to happen with or without Disney being involved.

STAR WARS is one of the most lucrative franchises of all time because of the sheer marketability of the product. Realize that we have only had six STAR WARS movies total in the last 35 years and there are thousands of different products that bear the insignia or logo. I defy you to spend a day without some sort of STAR WARS reference invading your life. I mean, Droid phones have LucasFilm copyrights on them because of that single word.

I am extremely excited for Disney to take over and I have no fear whatsoever that they will sully the name of the franchise. Because that is what it is: a franchise. Franchises make money. If I have to suffer through an episode of EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION because it means more money for budget costs on a new trilogy of films, I am all for it. Oh wait, I don't have to watch EXTREME MAKEOVER! It has no bearing on my fandom in any way.

Even after the atrocity that was the STAR WARS Holiday Special, we have gotten tons of good tie-ins to the series as well as quite a few bad ones. But, in the end, does ancillary marketing like this really water down the STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and beyond? Not in the least. In fact, the future of STAR WARS has never been brighter.

Source: Deadline

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1:06PM on 12/05/2012

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I'm very excited for ANYONE ELSE owning the Star Wars property, just because you could not possibly make a worse set of movies than the first three. And this isn't fanboyism talking - those are bad movies. Not because of some imagined slight to delicate fanboy sensitivity, but because they are awful. Bad acting, deplorable writing, oddly paced, the CGI backgrounds make everything cold and soulless. The "I hate sand." They are bad movies.

I guess I'm tired of people thinking fanboys are
I'm very excited for ANYONE ELSE owning the Star Wars property, just because you could not possibly make a worse set of movies than the first three. And this isn't fanboyism talking - those are bad movies. Not because of some imagined slight to delicate fanboy sensitivity, but because they are awful. Bad acting, deplorable writing, oddly paced, the CGI backgrounds make everything cold and soulless. The "I hate sand." They are bad movies.

I guess I'm tired of people thinking fanboys are unpleasable. They aren't. Just make a good movie, and we're in. Make a good product, and we're in. We loved Knights of the Old Republic. Because it's good, and it takes the IP seriously and asks interesting questions about it WHILE delivering an epic swashbuckling adventure.

Can't please fans of the original? What about the new Star Trek movie? Sure, there are the outliers who bitch about it, but most people love that movie. My father and I are HUGE Star Trek fans, him from the original, me from TNG and onward, and we both loved the new Trek. My Dad, the biggest Kirk defender on the planet, LOVES the new Star Trek movie.

Don't try to pass this shit off as fanboyism. If you make a good movie, we will like it. We want more of what we want. Just don't shit in our mouths, and we'll toss you all the cash.
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6:48AM on 12/05/2012
Darth Vader and stormtroopers building a home for a deserving family? Am I the only one who hopes it turns out to be a fully-functional Death Star?

VADER (to family): ...and if you step this way, you'll see we've outfitted your new home with the latest in trash compacting technology. Oh, you're going to love what we did with the garage...
Darth Vader and stormtroopers building a home for a deserving family? Am I the only one who hopes it turns out to be a fully-functional Death Star?

VADER (to family): ...and if you step this way, you'll see we've outfitted your new home with the latest in trash compacting technology. Oh, you're going to love what we did with the garage...
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5:18AM on 12/05/2012
all fanboys really for any genre or franchise need to chill out. I mean they are never satisfied or happy with any result. Case in point the constant hard on for Nathan Fillion, the hatred for Brett Ratner, McG or Michael Bay. Never being able to forgive Joel Schumacher. The worse was this year when most turned on Prometheus the second it came out. But anyway if this about Star Wars,I mean ya there are no worse fan base then this,they love the first trilogy & hate the second trilogy & loathe
all fanboys really for any genre or franchise need to chill out. I mean they are never satisfied or happy with any result. Case in point the constant hard on for Nathan Fillion, the hatred for Brett Ratner, McG or Michael Bay. Never being able to forgive Joel Schumacher. The worse was this year when most turned on Prometheus the second it came out. But anyway if this about Star Wars,I mean ya there are no worse fan base then this,they love the first trilogy & hate the second trilogy & loathe Lucas for the constant changes to the special editions. Bottom line is no matter who writes or directs this next set of Star Wars films, the fanboys will still bitch & moan, it's in their nature.
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8:55PM on 12/04/2012

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extremes in the fanboy world. I thought i was a fanboy because i love ep 4-6 and hate 1-3, but then i mu cuz beat me back with the fan fiction and the teeshirts and what not. Then there's that guy.
extremes in the fanboy world. I thought i was a fanboy because i love ep 4-6 and hate 1-3, but then i mu cuz beat me back with the fan fiction and the teeshirts and what not. Then there's that guy.
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5:58PM on 12/04/2012

Seriously it's the best possible News and they don't know it yet.

The average person ranting about how terrible Disney is, doesn't realize how many great companies are already under Disney's control. You think Miramax and Tarantino have compromised and become family friendly? because they are technically Disney property but no complaints are made about the new Django Unchained movie being toned down.

All this means, is that the Star Wars films will be made like a real film instead of in front of a green screen. They will go out on location and shoot this
The average person ranting about how terrible Disney is, doesn't realize how many great companies are already under Disney's control. You think Miramax and Tarantino have compromised and become family friendly? because they are technically Disney property but no complaints are made about the new Django Unchained movie being toned down.

All this means, is that the Star Wars films will be made like a real film instead of in front of a green screen. They will go out on location and shoot this thing right. The movies might not be better than "Empire Strikes Back", but anything is better than the prequels. Those films needed to be grounded in a real world, if you watch the original trilogy, watch how the actors interact with their environment and use it to create memorable character moments. Then go back to the prequels where they have their hands in their pockets while slowly walking down a fake CGI hallway throughout all three films. They don't even come close to being the same quality.

George Lucas has admitted on several occasions of being lazy, and it shows.



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6:47PM on 12/04/2012
Well you cant compare Miramax to Star wars and Marvel. The average joe doesnt know who owns Miramax but Star Wars and Marvel being purchased by Disney was very public
Well you cant compare Miramax to Star wars and Marvel. The average joe doesnt know who owns Miramax but Star Wars and Marvel being purchased by Disney was very public
10:25PM on 12/04/2012
Django Unchained is not a Miramax movie, it's a Weinstein Production. The Weinsteins parted ways with the Mouse House a while back.
Django Unchained is not a Miramax movie, it's a Weinstein Production. The Weinsteins parted ways with the Mouse House a while back.
1:11PM on 12/05/2012
Guys, don't nickle and dime his argument. You're missing the point. Quentin was making movies for Disney for a very long time, and those movies weren't watered down.

Disney knows how to do things. Pixar. Marvel. Miramax. Plus, ANYONE can make a better Star Wars movie than those prequels. Except maybe Uwe Boll, but I'll eat a tractor tire if they hire him to do it.
Guys, don't nickle and dime his argument. You're missing the point. Quentin was making movies for Disney for a very long time, and those movies weren't watered down.

Disney knows how to do things. Pixar. Marvel. Miramax. Plus, ANYONE can make a better Star Wars movie than those prequels. Except maybe Uwe Boll, but I'll eat a tractor tire if they hire him to do it.
5:37PM on 12/04/2012
Honestly fanboys bitching about the prequels have done more damage to my love of star wars than Lucas' actual prequels
Honestly fanboys bitching about the prequels have done more damage to my love of star wars than Lucas' actual prequels
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1:12PM on 12/05/2012
Dude, they're bad movies. Terrible. Really bad.

The nice thing is, our supposed fickle nature means that Disney is going to try very hard to avoid our wrath.
Dude, they're bad movies. Terrible. Really bad.

The nice thing is, our supposed fickle nature means that Disney is going to try very hard to avoid our wrath.
3:42PM on 12/04/2012
Fanboys need to let go. Stop hanging on to the fact that 3 movies were good 30 - yes, 30 - years ago. The direction had to go somewhere for these movies. Are you a fan of the original 3? Yes? Then who gives a fuck where they go from here? I like the original 3 and if the subsequent ones suck, then they suck. It wont change the fact that I like the orginal 3.
Fanboys need to let go. Stop hanging on to the fact that 3 movies were good 30 - yes, 30 - years ago. The direction had to go somewhere for these movies. Are you a fan of the original 3? Yes? Then who gives a fuck where they go from here? I like the original 3 and if the subsequent ones suck, then they suck. It wont change the fact that I like the orginal 3.
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3:35PM on 12/04/2012

It was an underused property being drowned by the man in charge under the weight of his ego driven inability to accept that his rule should never have been law when it came to the universe he created.

The thinking was he was planning something huge. Star Wars prequels came out and people camped out. They were in tears when the movie started. And for most people it was all a letdown in every way. Now Disney buys it up to get it running right and whining fatasses go online and cry. Those types of people will complain no matter what. If Lucas had shut it all down they'd be screaming 'SELL IT ALL TO DISNEY!!'. There's probably a big part of George Lucas that is relieved to be rid of the fans.
The thinking was he was planning something huge. Star Wars prequels came out and people camped out. They were in tears when the movie started. And for most people it was all a letdown in every way. Now Disney buys it up to get it running right and whining fatasses go online and cry. Those types of people will complain no matter what. If Lucas had shut it all down they'd be screaming 'SELL IT ALL TO DISNEY!!'. There's probably a big part of George Lucas that is relieved to be rid of the fans.
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8:51PM on 12/04/2012
I think if we had three Star Wars movies a year starting back in 1977 when the first one came out then the Star Wars movies would have been so crappy that we wouldn't have a franchise today. George Lucas showed considerable restraint with the franchise and 35 years later Disney has proven itself capable of handling existing franchises (Muppets, Marvel) without ruining them.
I think if we had three Star Wars movies a year starting back in 1977 when the first one came out then the Star Wars movies would have been so crappy that we wouldn't have a franchise today. George Lucas showed considerable restraint with the franchise and 35 years later Disney has proven itself capable of handling existing franchises (Muppets, Marvel) without ruining them.
9:18AM on 12/05/2012
That has never happened to any franchise ever. Nobody has ever kept any pace like that.

His restraint was he saw $$$ in associated marketing materials that he turned into his own little Empire because he couldn't meet fan expectations as evidenced by the 3 times he tried. It the prequel episodes had been amazing I could buy into him being this genius who planned it all along but that wasn't/isn't the case at all.

Everyone keeps looking at what Disney did with Marvel (they have fucked the
That has never happened to any franchise ever. Nobody has ever kept any pace like that.

His restraint was he saw $$$ in associated marketing materials that he turned into his own little Empire because he couldn't meet fan expectations as evidenced by the 3 times he tried. It the prequel episodes had been amazing I could buy into him being this genius who planned it all along but that wasn't/isn't the case at all.

Everyone keeps looking at what Disney did with Marvel (they have fucked the Muppets badly for years and years and years. Just because 1 decent movie came out doesn't mean they handled that right) but really...they caught that draft on it's way up. The market had already shown comic book movies were viable and Disney made a smart play by buying into it and shoving money towards something that was all but guaranteed to yield big returns.
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3:18PM on 12/04/2012
Like any form of entertainment with a massive following, some people just take things way too seriously. Star Wars, for many, has become a religion. It's not just a series of movies or something people enjoy, it's a way of life. I have my own likes and hobbies and things I enjoy, but there has to be a separation. Star Wars fans need to get over every little infringement into their precious fandom. I agree with this article wholeheartedly (obviously), and think that Lucas letting Star Wars go to
Like any form of entertainment with a massive following, some people just take things way too seriously. Star Wars, for many, has become a religion. It's not just a series of movies or something people enjoy, it's a way of life. I have my own likes and hobbies and things I enjoy, but there has to be a separation. Star Wars fans need to get over every little infringement into their precious fandom. I agree with this article wholeheartedly (obviously), and think that Lucas letting Star Wars go to Disney is the best possible thing that could happen to the franchise. Episodes 1-3 are a testament to the poor job Lucas has had handling his series since the original trilogy.
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3:15PM on 12/04/2012
yea this whole star wars fan outrage thing has been so laughable. After the generally accepted opinion on how awful the prequel trilogy is and was, ANYONE getting involved should be welcome. Not only that, Disney DID buy Marvel and that has worked out well. Say what you want about Disney, but their films are usually of a particular standard for whatever the target audience for said film is when their name is attached.
yea this whole star wars fan outrage thing has been so laughable. After the generally accepted opinion on how awful the prequel trilogy is and was, ANYONE getting involved should be welcome. Not only that, Disney DID buy Marvel and that has worked out well. Say what you want about Disney, but their films are usually of a particular standard for whatever the target audience for said film is when their name is attached.
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3:13PM on 12/04/2012
Star Wars has fucked itself over so many times that after I saw Darth Vader dance to Enter Sandman with some stormtroopers, everything else is just numb.
Star Wars has fucked itself over so many times that after I saw Darth Vader dance to Enter Sandman with some stormtroopers, everything else is just numb.
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1:13PM on 12/05/2012
Bet you a million dollars you'll go see Episode VII in theaters.
Bet you a million dollars you'll go see Episode VII in theaters.
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