Hit or Miss

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I realize that when I lump a lot of events or thoughts together into one post, I don’t cover them in detail.

For example, Jeff wrote about my noticing incongruencies between the technology of the original and new Star Wars trilogies. The most glaring example in Revenge of Siths is when Anakin completes his transformation into Darth Vader and rises off the slab with that chest panel of big, blocky lights. Obviously they didn’t want to mess with the original character design, but it stood out as having a completely different look than the rest of the droids/clones/etc.

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I also enjoyed the retro bridge DV and DS are on when they check out the Death Star in progress. Three whole movies of holographic displays, and the Empire settles on red and white buttons.

I’m enjoying pretending there are cool technological or usability reasons for that decision.

BrainDan | 1 Jun 2005
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That was one of the things that frustrated me NO END with the new movies, beginning in about the first 30 seconds of The Phantom Menace. I mean, the ships and machines in the original Star Wars films were all so ugly and clunky, but SO COOL, from the X- and Y-wings to the TIE-fighters and AT-ATs to the ridiculously unaerodynamic Millennium Falcon. Then all of a sudden, hello, we’re 50 years in the past, or thereabouts, and everything looks about an eon more advanced. The whole aesthetic of the new films was just off from frame 1.

/bitter

Andy | 1 Jun 2005
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I’m gonna guess that Darth Vader’s reign is all about saving money. I mean, he’s gotta dump it into his fleet, right? And he’s gotta crank out many more stormtroopers, right? That stuff costs! He fired the design department to cut some corners.

Jason | 2 Jun 2005
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Jason, I’m not sure I can agree with your conclusion. If you follow Lucas’ Vader as Bush analogy, then clearly the Galactic Empire is one of out-of-control spending.

Andy | 2 Jun 2005
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Exactly! That’s what I meant: “We’ve got to spend a lot of money on these AT-ATs and Tie Fighters, so we can’t spend money on making them aestetically pleasing.”

Jason | 3 Jun 2005
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That was one of the things that frustrated me NO END with the new movies, beginning in about the first 30 seconds of The Phantom Menace. I mean, the ships and machines in the original Star Wars films were all so ugly and clunky, but SO COOL, from the X- and Y-wings to the TIE-fighters and AT-ATs to the ridiculously unaerodynamic Millennium Falcon. Then all of a sudden, hello, we're 50 years in the past, or thereabouts, and everything looks about an eon more advanced. The whole aesthetic of the new films was just off from frame 1.

/bitter

Andy | 4 Nov 2009