Star Wars – Why it’s popular

Mike Matei / December 2nd, 2016


  • December 2, 2016 at 12:52 am

    They say Darth Vader may have also been influenced by Doctor Victor Von Doom.

  • Rennie Page

    December 2, 2016 at 4:24 am

    You can tell you wanted to get this off your chest, in epic fashion. Amazing job James!

  • Lastor

    December 2, 2016 at 4:54 am

    I love hearing James gab as much as the next guy but haven’t we heard all this before? You explained all this in your old retrospect.

  • December 2, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Well done James!

    I think the reason why Star Wars may have lost appeal in the 80s and early 90s is because we all thought that Star Wars came and went, with nothing else to look forward to. Then when the prequel trilogy happened expectations went thru the roof and people were disappointed. Younger people won’t remember but back in the day when you saw a movie in the 70’s and ever very early 80’s you didn’t have social media, home video, or the internet to dissect, rip apart, or otherwise nitpick every last detail of a movie. Plus the times were different – Star Wars was an outlet for many people when the original trilogy came out, but nowadays there are so many other movie genres and story universes that Star Wars basically cannot compete with them all, despite being highly influential on many of them.

    I also share the fear that getting more Star Wars is a double edged sword: on one hand, we get more movies; on the other hand, Star Wars will be nitpicked and criticized to death in our modern internet and social media culture and nothing will ever be deemed “good enough” by the mass public. And how many more movies will it take for people to eventually say they are sick of Star Wars?

    By the way…the “blue elephant” is Max Rebo and the guy with the tentacle around his neck is Bib Fortuna.


  • bud

    December 2, 2016 at 10:36 am

    This was a really great video. I loved running through all the references and influences to old timey film and mythology. I knew about a lot of them but there was a lot here I never realized, such as Peter Cushing and David Prowse from Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell. That can’t be a coincidence.
    Really makes you realize the genius of Lucas, even though no one ever gives him that credit anymore. They treat him like a one-trick pony just because the prequels weren’t as well-received. I really hate that. I might be alone on this, but I still prefer the prequels to The Force Awakens. At least it was trying to do something different.

    • bud

      December 2, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Oh yeah, and Lucas is also responsible for the genesis of Indiana Jones (also based on great serials from yesteryear). I don’t know why he isn’t revered more. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull wasn’t that bad.

      • Will Kamberg

        December 3, 2016 at 7:27 pm

        “Part time!”

      • December 5, 2016 at 1:22 am

        I thought Crystal Skull was nice. I was just disappointed with the ugly cg aliens.

  • December 2, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I think James literally just copied the script from his old Star Wars review from several years ago and recited it in this video. The two videos are too similar in structure to be a coincidence, even if James still holds the opinions he expressed in that old video.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    December 3, 2016 at 3:45 am

    “Every epic story rolled into one.” Right on the money. Couldn’t have said it better myself, James. Great video.

  • hyper

    December 3, 2016 at 3:56 am

    For me, Empire makes me think of the swamp more than ice.

  • Sophie

    December 3, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Also check out the french comic valerian and Laureline. There is a new movie based on it coming out called valerian. the director also made the 5th element and he points out that both star wars and the 5th element borrowed heavily from the comic. you can google “valerian star wars” and see everything from the canitna scene, cloud cities, the millennium falcon, to a dude being frozen in carbonite!

  • gow75

    December 4, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    i found myself bored last night watching Force awakens….. seen already but watched it again for the 3rd time.

  • December 6, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Darth Vader was a wordplay on Ralph Nader, a well known political rights activist. Also, both liked to wear capes in public.

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