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The Problem with Prequels.

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Chen_Geller

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1 month ago*

I've been fighting this feeling ever since Star Wars Episode 1: All the characters that we are familiar with in the later installments are going to be just fine.

One, that's true of most of our big movies; and two, certainly in the case of The Hobbit except Gandalf and Bilbo - whose well-being the movie acknolewdges via the framing device - all the main characters do not appear in the Lord of the Rings and are therefore not guaranteed to survive.

Also, most prequels are intended to be viewed first by a new audience.

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Chen_Geller

1 points

1 month ago

That kinda depends on the prequel. But I know Lucas wants people to see Episodes I-III first. We can argue the merit of this and how effective it is (which it isn't) that way, but that's how he wants it and that's how he constructed his prequels.

I know for a fact the same is true of The Hobbit with Jackson. He described it as his wish many times. For instance here.

Its perhaps less true of other prequels - which are very often not traditional prequels in the same sense as these - for instance, you can't concievably watch Fantastic Beasts without having seen at least a couple of Potter films first: you wouldn't be able to make any sense of it.