Let me tell you something about Star Wars, internet. It doesn’t care about you. It doesn’t care about your Expanded Universe novels or your video games or your Timothy Zahn books. It cares about one thing. The all mighty dollar. It’s not a film series. It’s a product.
One of the biggest mistakes people make about the Star Wars franchise is they try to see it as cinematic art. Well, it isn’t. It never has been. Georgie-Boy may have started out trying to make art but what he made was a machine. A huge machine to print money and that’s what it is to this day.
You see, these films aren’t something holy. They aren’t “your childhood”. They aren’t the be all and end all of cinema or science fiction. They are a property. Think of them like a house. You want to sell the house? Great. You’ll want the best price for it so you’ll add additions. You’ll slap a new coat of paint on it. You’ll convert it to 3D. . . Ok, I think my metaphor broke down. . . The point is, you’ll do what you can to make sure that house pulls in the most cash possible. Star Wars is no different.
People complain and gripe about the changes, the 3D conversions the prequels, and the constant rereleases, but despite that vocal group of people the Star Wars series continues to make money hand over fist.
This also links back to my posts about fandom. The fans feel that these are their movies. Well they aren’t. They are the property of Lucasfilm and now Disney. They can do anything they want. They can put Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean bumbling through the cantina scene if they want. (actually, that sounds like a really fun idea for some reason)
You bought the VHS and DVD’s and laserdiscs, and blu rays like everyone else. Don’t like the current version? Get your laserdisc player or VCR out and watch the one you like because no one’s going to turn the franchise around just for you. You know why? Two reasons. First, a lot of people don’t give a shit about the changes. Second, if the world hated them so much then it wouldn’t keep making money. End of story.
Now this isn’t to say I agree with the changes. Far from it. But it’s their right to do what they want. If I’m really upset, well, I’ll stop buying the stuff. All you have to do is stop worrying about it and find something else to do.