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/u/jayman419 explains the rise and fall of George Lucas and why the prequels were bad.(r/DepthHub)
Ugh. This whole “George Lucas’s wife deserves the real credit for Star Wars is such an nasty, perfectly reddit sized piece of misinformation – a short bit of “did you know?” contrarianism that manages to strip a hated public figure of his accomplishments (DAE Edison was a Nazi?). Like a lot of misleading factoids there’s just enough truth in it to entertain the lazy, but it’s so oversimplified as to be more wrong than not, and now it’s metastasized into this completely bonkers “George Lucas ruined Star Wars to get back at his wife!” mound of bullshit.
Yes, the original movies were great because George took this mess of ideas in his head and collaborated. He listened to feedback, he streamlined, and yes that was precisely the problem with the new movies. The book The Secret History of Star Wars does a wonderful job of analyzing the evolution of the story from a straight rip-off of The Hidden Fortress to the layered mythological epic that we ended up with.
But to over-credit Marcia (who truly did play an essential role, particularly in the first one) does a wild disservice to the input of the others – particularly the calm, guiding hand of Kershner, the tightening revisions of Kasdan, and most importantly the man himself. George Lucas ate drank and bled Star Wars in the early years – everything that we love came from his mind. Darth Vader, Boba Fett, the light saber, the Force evolved from clunky proto-ideas (Vader was a sniveling bureaucrat, the Force was “The Force of Others” and the dark side was called “The Bogan”) because George kept working on them, not because someone gave them to him.
Yes, he turned into the very thing he despised but to credit anyone else as being the “real powerhouse” behind the magic of those movies is preposterously wrong.
No George, no nothing. End of story.