LazyPadawan at SWPAS makes a salient point that needs to be shouted from the mountaintops NOW and repeated over and over during the next three years leading up to Episode VII:
” But already I am seeing hateboy nation making the same mistake it made 15 or so years ago, coming up with long lists of expectations and demands.“
It is and always has been the #1 reason why hateboys have a vendetta against the prequels: George Lucas made the movies HE always intended to make, not the ones the hateboys had fantasized about in their basement bedrooms.
And thus it begins anew.
Look, anticipation, speculation and discussion is at the core of Star Wars fandom. We LOVE to endlessly discuss every detail of this saga. Where the line gets crossed is when fans start saying, “The new film NEEDS to be ________” or “It HAS to have ________” or “They better NOT do ________.”
Fans, especially hateboys, need to be slapped over and over again and scolded, “You DESERVE nothing! You get to DEMAND nothing! You get to see the movie and like it or not, that’s IT! Let the artists do their job and you go write your fan fiction.” One of the best ingredients in the Star Wars formula is its unexpectedness. It’s Lucas’ style to throw curveballs that defy expectations. Every film and every release offers “A few new surprises.” (And why those who claim to love Star Wars so passionately still don’t get that is one of fandom’s biggest mysteries). That’s what I LOVED about the prequels: they weren’t what I was expecting — and accepting that made me very happy.
It’s fun to speculate. It’s fun to imagine. We will certainly do some of that here. But unless you’re actually working on the film, you’re a passenger on the ride. Strap in, sit back and see where they take you.