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Seemed a good idea at the time.

7 December 2010

So, last night, while watching the Star Wars Holiday Special (thanks a lot, Joe Peacock — that’s going to haunt my dreams for the next seven years), I got to thinking about the first Star Wars films versus all of the crap that came after to cash in on the merchandising. Now, I’m not going to spend a whole bunch of time trashing the prequels — that’s been well covered on the Internets. But something did strike me (apart from panic, nausea, and the need for vendetta) while watching the aforementioned Holiday Special — that, at some point, George Lucas took some of the worst ideas in his canon up to then and just ran with them.

It happens all the time, I suppose. You come up with an idea for a cool character or device, and then you overuse it to death. Chewbacca was fine on his own — we never, ever needed to know he had a wife, kid, and dad with stupid names somewhere. But Lucas took a good idea and went too far with it. And I mean, way too far. Jefferson Starship, y’all. Seriously.

So, I’ll admit to having done that in the past, though not to Jefferson Starship levels. What about you fine people? Got a good example of taking a great idea and just running off with it? Ever done it yourself?

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  1. 7 December 2010 0737

    always. but then I hide the notebook. Going way off base can sometimes help you find WHY the right path is right……unless your name is George Lucas. 😉

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