So, maybe the lesson Disney needs to learn is to look to the OT for a sense of how much info the audience needs. TFA: too little. PT: too much. ?
At least some exists on the cutting room floor, IIRC. When the Hosnian system goes up, we get a shot of people seeing the beam coming- The grey haired alien is the Supreme Chancellor and the black woman is Leia’s representative. Again, IIRC- there was at least one scene of her trying to convince the Chancellor of the First Order threat.Yeah, it's possible J. J. Abrams over-corrected on the amount of political exposition there was in the prequels.
That's fascinating, especially considering we might see some of that footage in ROS.At least some exists on the cutting room floor, IIRC. When the Hosnian system goes up, we get a shot of people seeing the beam coming- The grey haired alien is the Supreme Chancellor and the black woman is Leia’s representative. Again, IIRC- there was at least one scene of her trying to convince the Chancellor of the First Order threat.
Sorry- “her” as in Leia’s representative, not Carrie Fisher herself. Since the rep. briefly appears onscreen in The Force Awakens, I doubt they’d be able to repurpose the scene.That's fascinating, especially considering we might see some of that footage in ROS.
Under Disney, they've stopped using the EU to fill in gaps at all. We still don't have a territory map of the First Order beyond "they're in the Unknown Regions and probably the New Territories and Western Reaches."Star Wars has always suffered from an excess of Tell instead of Show and relied on the EU to fill in gaps that really should have been included in the films.
Yes, but here's the thing--in the OT? We opened up with her'es the empire. In Media res. The rest of the trilogy is taken up fighting that empire.Why? Do we need to know how the Emperor took over the galaxy in the original trilogy? It was supposedly an ancient republic that ran things for thousands of years. We’re supposed to just accept that one guy took over? Or do we just accept it, because that’s what the story says, and it’s not like we don’t have historical examples where similar things happened (Rome, etc.). We have historical examples for the New Republic (a central government too weak to really do the job born of a fear of tyranny) in the Articles of Confederation.
It is incredibly bad compared to the Old Republic, but it’s incredibly bad in a believable way, because of six movies worth of story that came before. Half the galaxy was convinced the Old Republic was an unbearable authority and went to war to break free. Then, after that half was blasted into compliance, the other half realized the Empire was an unbearable authority and joined the war to be be free. Of course the result is going to be a galaxy paranoid of central authority. It’s not a new plot- it’s the same plot still going on.... it makes the new republic look, well, incredibly bad compared to old republic, which again, took three movies, and a plot that had been worked out over decades, even at the end of it's existence to bring it down.