The title of this publication has "gaming" in it, but I like to take liberty from time to time and cover other nerdy topics. Today: Space battles!
…and why the Star Wars prequels suck. On a forum, someone wrote recently:
I will argue with anyone that the origional trilogy has far better special effects than any of the prequels, yes you heard me right. Star Wars has better special effects than any of the prequels.
This got me thinking about some opinions I've stated before, which led to me getting on YouTube and watching my favorite space battles. Then I posted a response. Yup, I'm turning another forum post into a blog.
The Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi is the greatest space battle ever put to film. The prequels did not change that. As noted by many others (including Mr. Lucas himself), a special effect without a story is meaningless. The battle in Jedi itself told a story that you could follow logically and emotionally. In Revenge of the Sith, it's just a big mess of incoherent crap on the screen for a couple minutes. It's ridiculous that with all the money and time spent on Sith, you can find better space battles in Star Trek, Babylon 5, and Stargate, even though they're nowhere near as fancy visually.
In each of these three battles (and the one in Jedi), there are three key elements that the battle in Revenge of the Sith completely lacks:
- The plot has led up to them, and we're anticipating the confrontation
- The ships have people on them that the audience cares about.
- You can follow the course of the battle logically.
In Sith it's just a bunch of CGI moving fast. It has no more emotional involvement than the demo that plays in the background of Empire at War's main menu. What a waste.
A few people don't know about this yet, so I'm going to post this link here again:
These are the best series of film reviews on the Internet. They're insightful and hilarious. Go watch them to learn in detail why the prequels suck, while laughing your ass off the whole time.