Originally Posted by lordcloud
Midichlorians are nowhere to be seen or heard in the movies, up until the prequels, and 99.99999999% of people who love or like Star Wars, will never have heard of it up until then. And seeing as how the Star Wars universe is, and should be limited to the movies for the most part, what GL said and is quoted in a book, is of little consequence. No one that is enamored by the beauty and mystique of the force had ever heard of it until 1999. It's an idea that GL should have left where it was. It was a bad idea to bring it "back out of hiding" and speaks to how out of touch he is with the fans.
No matter how you spin it, GL really shouldn't be allowed as close to the movies as he will unfortunately be allowed.
Whether or not fans had knowledge of Midi-chlorians before The Phantom Menace isn't the point. After all, If the prequels were strictly limited to what was shown in the first three movies, they would be severely limited in scope. Just because the audience hadn't heard of them before doesn't mean that they didn't exist in the Star Wars universe.
I only brought it up because it shows that it was part of his concept of the force since it's inception, not just something new that was grafted on 20 years later.
The "beauty and mystique" of the force still remains unchanged and unaffected by the new information.
Originally Posted by oink
I have to agree with this.
Midichlorians was kinda unnecessary IMO.
Although I understand GL was trying to translate something that had been mostly mystical (THE FORCE) to a measurable scientific phenomena, it felt out of place in the spirit of that which is Star Wars.
IMO, he lost sight of The Big Picture
a bit with this....
I don't see it as trying to bring science to the force; he's never been concerned about that with the other technology shown in the movies. These aren't science fiction films, they're science fantasy, and always intended that way. What they do offer are interesting hints as to Anakin's origins, echoed in Palpatine's discussion with him during the opera scene. They also offer more fodder for fans to speculate what role the force may have played over the course of the movies. At one point, fans would have taken up that challenge, offering their own views and opinions on how this all played out. That's a big difference in the fan base that existed back in the 70's and 80's compared to today.
Originally Posted by lordcloud
Exactly. And that's one of my points; he seems to focus on minutiae and loses sight of the overall breadth of the story and at the same time is unable to connect the dots in a coherent way. His storytelling is not a strong suit in my opinion. I know others don't agree, but it's how I see it.
The Midi-chlorian discussion last for what, two minutes on screen? For a movie that lasts for over two hours? That hardly seems to be a major focus of the movie.
Without Lucas, there would be no Star Wars. To eliminate his influence from future movies would be a lost opportunity. It does look like he's giving some fans exactly what they'be been asking for - a general storyline, fleshed out by another writer, filmed by a different director, and produced by someone other that Rick McCallum.