Posted 12 December 2006 - 04:00 PM
Lucas trying to ban to Original Galactica from getting on the air was a top example of the Pot trying to call the Kettle Black. Starwars and the 70s BSG show did have things that made them close, but so was every other movie during the 70s and they also had things that made them very different. I'm no fan of TOS but I do remember some things about the original that made it good, the new version of BSG, if inspired by anything other than the original series or DeSanto's version or Voyager has leaned more to realistic scifi and films like Babylon-5, 2001 Space Odyssey, Platoon, Three Kings, Saving Private Ryan, SAAB, Firefly
The Starwars movies are garbage . Starwars with its Ewok, Yoda and Jar-Jar Binks stupidity is mostly likely one of the worst, over-hyped movie franchises of all time except maybe for Titanic, Independence Day and all that Blair witch nonsense. The first film was ok because it had good actors like Peter Cushing and Guinness, however Alec hated the film so much by the end of it he was begging George to kill Obi-Wan and never spoke another kind word about the movie until the day he died. George's old Starwars doesn't have much in common with the new BSG but Lucas also borrowed or copied ideas from other works for his classic Star wars : He took C3PO from Fritz Lang's Metropolis, got ideas from the original Trek tv show, there are also many otehr works he borrowed from such as Uchu Senkan Yamato, Isaac Asimov books, Yojimbo, Silent Running, King Arthur's Excalibur story, Seven Samurai, Buck Rogers, novel Galactic Patrol, Kairyu daikessen, Frank Herbert's Dune, Lathe Of Heaven, LOTR, Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress, Wizard Of Oz, Dam Busters, Dark Star, Flash Gordon...Lucas in fact originally wanted to re-make the Gordon space opera but couldn't secure the rights for Flash.
Their fanbase is horrible - Starwars-drones or Lucas apoloists or whatever you call 'em are far worse than any Trekkies, Lucas IMO is a hack director who continues to milk a bad franchise to death with Ewoks cartoons, some R2D2 TV Series, Yoda cartoons, Prequels, Toys, Video Games, Clone wars tv show, Ewoks films...and on and on. Lucas tried to sue the original Galactica series had have it taken off the air,
Alec Guinness hated the franchise so much he talked George Lucas into killing the Obi-Wan Kenobi character, McGregor described the tedium of film-making with George Lucas and Neeson was so unhappy with the Jar Jar film, he was going to quit movies and go back into Stage Theatre.
Lucas was a hypocrite when he tried to block TOS as George Lucas did nothing more than borrow heavily from Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Galactic Patrol, Kairyu daikessen, the original Trek tv show, Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress, Dam Busters, Dark Star, Excalibur story, Seven Samurai, and Flash Gordon. His talents are very much up to question and he must be one of the most over-rated film directors ever !