Saturday, May 15, 2010

Quick Hit: George Lucas is a liar

So, George Lucas is a liar.

Hey, we already knew that, right? But, finally, after years and years of his constant fibbing, Lucas has admitted that he made up the Star Wars story as he went along in a letter that he wrote to the producers of Lost. Read what he says, below the fold:

Congratulations on pulling off an amazing show. Don't tell anyone ... but when 'Star Wars' first came out, I didn't know where it was going either. The trick is to pretend you've planned the whole thing out in advance. Throw in some father issues and references to other stories -- let's call them homages -- and you've got a series.
In six seasons, you've managed to span both time and space, and I don't think I'm alone in saying that I never saw what was around the corner. Now that it's all coming to an end, it's impressive to see how much was planned out in advance and how neatly you've wrapped up everything. You've created something really special. I'm sad that the series is ending, but I look forward to seeing what you two are going to do next.
Now, if I may address George Lucas, directly:

We don't care that you made it up as you went along. Yes, we're a little miffed that you changed horses in midstream and decided after Empire was released to make Luke and Leia twins. We're still not over the fact that you were possessed by a marketing demon and turned Jedi into "The Muppets Go To War." All in all, we still appreciate the Classic Trilogy, and even if it ended on a relative down note,  it is still the greatest fantasy movie series of all time.

What we're actually pissed about is your complete inability to remain consistent with previously written material. We all know that, when Obi-Wan told Luke that when he met his father he was already a great pilot, he didn't mean that he was a little kid racing go-carts in the desert. We know that in all of his talking about his training under Yoda and his training of Anakin, Kenobi didn't just fail to mention Qui-Gon; you changed all of that later. And, we know that when Leia talked about remembering her "real" mother, she wasn't referring to the split-second she saw her as a newborn before she died.

We're not mad because you made up the story as you went along. We're mad because once you wrote part of the story, you couldn't be troubled to stick with it.

This is all greatly relevant, as I'm embarking on my new Star Wars RPG campaign. I'll try to make it suck less than Attack of the Clones.

Update: On a reference site, I was called out a bit on this post. For your consideration, I offer this interview with Gary Kurtz, the original producer of Star Wars. He talks in depth about many of the sweeping changes Lucas made to the story after Empire.


-Mark said...

Upside: IT is very hard to suck more than Attack of the Clones.

Jason Richards said...

We'll see, Mark. I've written some awful stuff in the past. :)

Yong Kyosunim said...

I'm confused. You say that George Lucas is a liar, but your blog says you cannot be trusted.

Jason Richards said...

Perhaps both are true. If you were a robot, the logical paradox would surely make your head explode.

kensanoni said...

You can't know that he didn't mean a little kid running chariots in the desert, and while I like Qui-Gon Jin a lot also, why bother mentioning it to Luke? "Oh, and my Master, a Jedi before Me, Got killed by the Dark Side" has no meaning in ANY context in that conversation.

So yeah, Qui-Gon Jin got made up after. And how they met got made up after. Just like good game masters fudge when doing Flashbacks all the time. While I agree there are times where he *is* inconstant, that story point just isn't one of them.

I mean, after all, Han Shot First.

Lord Zaboem said...

Jason, will these games be recorded for our listening pleasure?

Jason Richards said...

ken, I love Star Wars, but let's not be apologists, here. For starters, Lucas has now said that he made it up as he went along. If for some reason we don't think he was being serious there, we have the comments by Kurtz, as well as major story points like the kinship of Luke and Leia that were CLEARLY altered midstream. Plus, Leia's birth mother was clearly stated to have lived until Leia was old enough to remember her. We can go on and on about this, but the jury is in and the verdict is passed. He made it up as he went along, hence the zillions of disconnections in continuity.

Z, absolutely not. What do you think I am, a masochist? I'd get murdered! :) I do plan on doing full reports, and publishing the modules here on the blog, however. Good thing about D6 being open and WEG being defunct is that we're free to publish fan stuff all we want. Maybe I'll remove the trademarked Star Wars terms and sell the modules, huh? ;)

A.L. said...

I do believe this makes Lucas a liar three times over. I can't remember the first one, but there was the one about him approving all Expanded Universe books in order to keep one continuous time line to keep the mythos 'pure'. Which he later admitted to not having read a book, just rubber stamping and collecting checks (which is amusing when you consider the Expanded Universe makes more sense than the movies. Especially now)

Now, I'm not a particularly good writer by any means, and nowhere near published. But even making it up as you go along, how hard is it to re-watch your own movies at least and keep things consistent. The more I hear, the more it seems like Mr. Plinkett of Red Letter Media has it right, Lucas needs people around him to challenge him on this stuff, and keep it making sense.

Jack Philpott said...

EVERYONE needs someone around to tell them when their head's up their kiester, especially Legends. When you start to believe your own hype, you're fooked, laddie.

I'm a' talkin' t' YE there, Richards! ;P

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