VIDEO: How To Make STAR WARS EPISODE VII Good

Screen Junkies have enlisted a couple of Star Wars experts to discuss the many problems of the prequels, and how J.J. Abrams and co. can avoid making similar mistakes with the latest installment in the franchise. Give it a watch after the jump..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 9/13/2013
The Star Wars prequels have their share of fans, but I think it's fair to say that the majority of us feel they weren't up to scratch..not by a long shot. So how can Disney and J.J. Abrams ensure that we don't get more of the same with Star Wars Episode VII? Screen Junkies have brought in Upright Citizens Brigade member Justin Donaldson and reputed Star Wars critic Michael Barryte to discuss what they feel absolutely NEEDS to happen for this highly anticipated return to the galaxy far far away to be a success.

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JoeMomma29 - 9/13/2013, 11:01 AM
Look there is no way any new SW movies are going to hold up to the original three.
DukeAcureds - 9/13/2013, 11:04 AM
Have the original cast return. That's how you make it good. Do not recast a younger Han Solo. That is how you lose all the old fans. That is how JJs career is ruined (as his fanbase is pretty much made up out of old-skool fanboys). That is how the world sees that they were right to worry, when they heard about the Disney sale.
Star Wars (and Lucasfilm) is quintessentially anti-establishment.
Disney is a megacorp.
JJ better tread lightly, not shit all over the potential of this opportunity.
ndwwrestler2 - 9/13/2013, 11:07 AM
@JoeMomma29 I think after the prequels, most Star Wars fans will be looking for ANYTHING good.
WackyBantha - 9/13/2013, 11:07 AM
Sith Clones!!!!!!!
ndwwrestler2 - 9/13/2013, 11:08 AM
They need to bring back old characters while creating likable new ones.

And make it dark enough to take seriously, without taking the fun that made the series great.
TyrantBoss - 9/13/2013, 11:09 AM
Those "What if they were good" videos would be better if that clown wasn't standing in front of the green screen the entire time making himself the focus of attention.
His voice would be enough.
ndwwrestler2 - 9/13/2013, 11:10 AM
And we need to action scenes that are great without lightsabers. I love lightsabers, but it would be nice to see something cool in Star Wars that involved more than ligthsabers.

Also they shouldn't ignore ALL the EU. If this is going to be set 20+ years after ROTJ, there would be enough time for Mara Jade to jump into the story.
MDC - 9/13/2013, 11:14 AM
Those dudes are all knuckleheads.

Don't want to see an older Luke swinging a lightsaber?! F that guy, I wanna see that shit!
gedafe - 9/13/2013, 11:18 AM
Good lord, that video was just bad--no substance or good ideas whatsoever. Not really hoping for much for 7, 8 & 9, but maybe I'll be surprised.
fanDomX - 9/13/2013, 11:18 AM
How to make a good SW movie= Don't listen to any of these clowns. All JJ needs to remember is that he will not please everyone, something Lucas tried to hard to do. JJ just needs to do his thing. Those that enjoy it, great. Those that hate it, Who frickin cares.
SpectacularJoShFest - 9/13/2013, 11:21 AM
Don't even dare link the prequels to this...in fact...it would be nice if they sort of pull a "Superman Returns". I mean in the way that they just forgot Superman III and IV ever existed...so...okay, prequels AREN'T canon and everybody will be happy...
Prequel lovers...give up already, you love those movies because you have no taste.
CoolantTech - 9/13/2013, 11:35 AM
I would also like to see some type of warriors that aren't Jedi or Sith that are just as formidable as them or even more so, im kinda tired of the Jedi and Sith being the end all be all of fighters in the Star Wars universe they need to throw somebody like Khan from STID into the mix, ya'know a supersoldier, or somebody with some other kind of super powers that can literally kill Jedi and Sith
ndwwrestler2 - 9/13/2013, 11:42 AM
@CoolanTech
Omega - 9/13/2013, 11:44 AM
@CoolantTech Well Grand Admiral Thrawn would be good,he is a brilliant military strategist ;)
Indy - 9/13/2013, 11:53 AM
I want see old cast that what made star wars awesome.
rjames8s - 9/13/2013, 12:28 PM
Please just no Time Travel in the SW universe!
Indy - 9/13/2013, 12:31 PM
no young Han!!!
animeex - 9/13/2013, 12:31 PM
Do the most popular and well known story where you bring back the original cast and DON'T do any time travel stories JJ.
SkywayTraffic - 9/13/2013, 12:57 PM
You guys are insane. I don't want to see ANY returning characters. Why the [frick] would you want to see old balls Luke and saggy tits Leia? They're NOT going to get in shape for the film. They should move on from the Skywalker legacy completely and start fresh.
ralfinader - 9/13/2013, 1:02 PM
Had to stop watching after that tard from Upright Cit Brigade opened his mouth. To make 7 not suck ass, like the prequels and cartoons, they need to have JJ sit and watch the original trilogy, and try to recapture that serial cliffhanger style that moved the story along. No senates, no expository council meeting, no moody, dark, bullshit, and no [frick]ing ewoks or Jar-jars. Boba Fett sucks too, outside of a cool costume, he didn't do shit in those movies except die. Bossk rules!
Durango95 - 9/13/2013, 1:04 PM
Skyway youre [frick]ing crazy. Luke would be rebuilding the jedi. Who wouldnt want to see that? I dont see why all the hate for the prequels. They werent THAT bad...
BigMikeReviews - 9/13/2013, 1:19 PM
Why don't we leave it to the filmmakers and not over opinionated fanboys who know next to nothing about making movies.
Richardness - 9/13/2013, 1:22 PM
Completely agreed with the Michael guy. The original cast can be present but they can't be the focal point. It's time to move on to another trilogy of stories. I mean, I'd even be ok with Han and Chewie going out in a blaze of glory right at the beginning kicking off some intense stuff, but no, I wouldn't want to see the whole movie be based around the original cast members. Brief cameos or some points here and there, but move on
animeex - 9/13/2013, 1:58 PM
Leave it to the filmmakers... Yes because we all know they never make any bad films. Lol!
CaptainKronos - 9/13/2013, 2:07 PM
Some of the leaked info is sounding like VII will continue to mix Flash Gordon style Sci-Fi with our own 20th century history.
Instead of the Sith or an Empire threatening the republic the Republic becomes corrupt and paranoid and deals with spoiled rebellious youth issues much like our brat Baby Boomer history. Also a Cold War type scenario with the Galaxy not quite united with Worlds creating Death Stars for 'defense' purposes like our Nuke standoff.
And a Nam parallel where the republic becomes militarily aggressive. There is also a rejection of the Force beliefs and the Jedi religion as the Jedi/Sith are looked upon as having caused all the Wars and damage to various Worlds.

So it sounds more socially charged than any of the stories so far.
Bryanferryfan - 9/13/2013, 2:41 PM
This is how you make them good.
1. NO [frick]ING KIDS!
2. NO SILLY ASS "JAR-JAR" CHARACTERS
3. NO DUMB-ASS DIALOGUE
4. MAKE EVERY SCENE COUNT
5. HAVE A COHERENT NARATIVE
6. HAVE NEW COOL-ASS VILLIANS
7. TIE UP LOOSE ENDS FROM THE RIRST 6 FILMS.
USAgent - 9/13/2013, 2:49 PM
Not dealing with the novelized EU material is just outright stupid IHMO. If there's gonna be that big of a gap (30-40yrs) then there needs to be a nod to the material all those writers wrote and got paid for. We, the fan base, acknowledge these stories and aren't too kind to seeing things we've grown accustomed to messed with. So, with that said, take that into consideration JJ and Disney. Your fan base is mainly made up of the generations that grew up with the OT. We introduced our kids to Star Wars and saw where Lucas went with the PT and how much he changed things for it to work his way. Now, he no longer owns the IP because of all the backlash he got from us, his fans. So let's not repeat this same mistake again. There's tons of source material out there to draw from. Don't mess this up because you're Disney and think you can do whatever you want. Rome once thought this way. They thought they would last forever too, but history tells us differently...
wavehunter - 9/13/2013, 2:50 PM
Simple: Focus on character development, dialog and story. The FX should be secondary. Oh yeah and no "yes" men lap dogs.
JediPhilosopher - 9/13/2013, 3:22 PM
"You're not saying you want to see the older Carrie Fisher in the slave Leia outfit?"
"Sure, why not?"
{SHOCK!}
LMAO
My honest opinion about what made the original movies great: Many things, but especially:
The characters. To make more movies as good as the originals at this point, come up with heroic characters the audience will love as much as they loved Luke, Leia, Han, Chewy, the droids, and Lando. They need to contrast each other similarly, though preferably not perfect parallels of the original characters.

As for the villains, I'd say give it a break on the Sith for while. Certainly, let there be dark jedi and dark force users though.
JediPhilosopher - 9/13/2013, 3:28 PM
I just read the Thrawn trilogy after all these years and I loved it. In my opinion, if they leave Mara Jade completely out of these movies, they'd be commiting a pretty serious sin.
nld3 - 9/13/2013, 3:35 PM
I hate any type of prequel movie. They never live up to expectations. Or they recycle stuff from the original movie. Too many nods & winks.
JumpinJehosaphat - 9/13/2013, 3:37 PM
Ha! Michael Barryte says that, "nobody goes to the movies because they want a film to suck." He's never been to CBM.
ndwwrestler2 - 9/13/2013, 4:01 PM
@JediPhilosopher I've listen to the audiobooks, I also got the Thrawn Trilogy comic book/graphic novel, and I agree it would be a HUGE mistake to leave Mara Jade out.
ndwwrestler2 - 9/13/2013, 4:02 PM
nld3 Good thing this won't be a prequel
JediPhilosopher - 9/13/2013, 6:21 PM
Future Luke Skywalker attempts to help an alien species by trying to close a Sith superweapon, but fails. He gets sucked into the past, as does an angry member of the alien race who blames Luke for the destruction of his home system. This changes the events before Luke meets Han Solo and Leia. In this changed alternate timeline, Luke and Leia will have made love before they learn they're related. Later, when Darth Vader senses this fact while the Emperor is turning Luke, he throws up in his mask. The Emperor has a similar reaction and loses interest in even training Luke, insisting Luke leave at once. Obiwan's ghost will later admit that not telling Luke about his sister was probably a bad idea, at which point Luke says to him "You think?!", but, on a positive note, it causes the Emperor to rethink his ways and how they contributed to the situation. Sidius decides to leave the Dark Side and apologizes to Vader for everything. Vader, in his anger, throws the Emperor down a reactor shaft. Luke and Leia's children will be strong with the Force but slow to learn anything.
ndwwrestler2 - 9/13/2013, 6:34 PM
@Jp W....What?
riseofloganX36 - 9/13/2013, 7:06 PM
Don't have abrums make it.
Panoramacon - 9/13/2013, 7:07 PM
Star Wars is a dead corps and the story is told. This is an opportunity for rebirth and something new going forward and they should fully embrace that: A new galactic war, new villains, new heroes and fresh air but fallowing the tried and true story formula the originals were based on. To do otherwise didn't work out so well for Dr. Frankenstein and won't for Disney either. Oh and no shaky cam at all. Documentary style all the way.
JediPhilosopher - 9/13/2013, 9:02 PM
Lol, my previous comment was a joke. Making fun of the fact that JJ Abrams is directing.
JediPhilosopher - 9/13/2013, 9:29 PM
There's no shaky camera in Star Wars. Why have shaky camera in anything? It was unforgivable in Man of Steel. Hopefully they use the creative fades between scenes though.
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