6.The Creator Is Sometimes Not The Best Interpreter Of Their Own Material
Who’s your favorite X-Men writer? You most likely answered either Chris Claremont or Grant Morrison, maybe even Fabian Nicieza. Whoever it was though, I’m willing to bet that it wasn’t Stan Lee. Stan Lee may have created the X-Men but it was those other writers that made the X-Men great.
Star Wars follows the same principle. George Lucas directed A New Hope – a great movie in it’s own right – but he turned the sequel over to Irvin Kershner, who proceeded to make what is widely regarded as the masterpiece of the Star Wars saga. Lucas didn’t direct The Empire Strikes back, didn’t write the script (just the initial story), and yet it came out better than the first one. When it came time to make the Phantom Menace, George went back to writing and directing it himself, and lo and behold, it was awful. This isn’t a coincidence. Four different people have directed Star Wars movies and George is sadly probably the worst at it.
5. He Has No Understanding Of The Greater Star Wars Universe
George Lucas explained in an issue of Starlog that he doesn’t follow anything that happens in the Star Wars universe outside of the movies:
I don’t read that stuff. I haven’t read any of the novels. I don’t know anything about that world. that’s a different world than my world. But I do try to keep it consistent. The way I do it now is they have a Star Wars Encyclopedia. So if I come up with a name or something else, I look it up and see if it has already been used.
That’s his prerogative and of course no one would expect him to know everything from the Expanded Universe. But take a look at this other passage from the same interview:
Starlog: There’s a ship [in Revenge of the Sith] that looks suspiciously like the Millennium Falcon. Did you enjoy tossing these little winks, nods and tributes into Sith ?
Lucas: Well that isn’t really the Millennium Falcon. That ship is a freighter, so we said, “We should introduce the idea that these things bring tomatoes into the Grand Poobah Center.”
Couple that with the image of crazy Uncle George pushing statues of Darth Maul and Darth Talon together and saying “They’re friends!” despite the fact that the two characters lived over one hundred and seventy years apart and you start to get the sense that George Lucas knows almost nothing about the world that he created. That’s how you get stuff like a ‘50s diner in Attack Of The Clones that sticks out like a sore thumb.