Lysander of Alexandria

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Revenge of the Copy-Editor

(Originally, this was going to be a comment here, but then I heard, in an Alec Guinness-like way, JohnL's voice saying "Post, Dammit" - well, need I say any more? Oh, Here's your May post, for all three? four? of my Loyal Readers.)

I must preface this by saying I have not yet seen Revenge of the Sith. Or, in a way, I have; I've read all the reviews on all the blogs I read, and have gotten choice bits from my Inside Source (in relation to movie theaters, not Lucas or Hollywood).

Lucas must have misread Shakespeare - he clearly said "Kill all the Lawyers" not Editors, Proof-readers, beta-testers, test-screeners, and people who could turn and say "George, just because you have more money than Scrooge McDuck, doesn't mean you should throw this shit onto the theater screen and see what sticks. There's more plot holes than Mack (or Volvo) has trucks to fill, much less drive through!" Now, while that's good for JohnL and myself (by the way, how do you balance Practicing and Blogging?), that's really got to suck for Jeff. George - you should have hired him!

I've heard Sith declared better than its two predecessors, singly or combined. However, if that's the standard, bring back The Star Wars Holiday Special! At the very least, we'd have Luke, Han, and Chewbacca. And bad singing. But it didn't have Ewoks, dammit! The political polemics aside - after all, somewhere I'd read that the first Star Wars was supposed to be about Viet Nam (with Luke as a VC or NVA, one of 'em) but it certainly ended up looking like the American Revolution - the movie is astoundingly bad. Not only do we know that Lucas can't write (Go back and look at the writing credits: the original lists only Lucas, as does Menace, Clones, and Sith, but Empire and Return have additional writers. Tell me again which is the best movie?) but he hasn't the good sense to hire someone who can.

Unfortunately, now that I have the build up, the meat will have to wait; clients approach.