See also the threads on 'Star Wars Debate Redux' (which began as a place to bash Episode II; Jul 8 - Nov 11, 2003), 'Sci fi = spiritual? Star Wars, X2, etc.' (Apr 12-14, 2004), 'Best Star Wars Movie? (with poll; Apr 18-20, 2004), Top 100 Discussion: The Star Wars original trilogy?' (May 6-7, 2004), 'Is Star Wars Blasphemous?' (Jun 15 - Jul 25, 2005), 'Star Wars in 20 minutes' (Aug 8-9, 2006) and 'Star Wars: Uncut' (Apr 2010).
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So ... with all those links out of the way ... I was recently reminded that yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the release date for The Phantom Menace -- so we are now into the second decade since the massive retcon project known as the Star Wars prequels entered our lives.
This was the movie that gave us Qui-Gon Jinn (was his surname a hint of the spiritual presence he would become later on, as revealed at the end of Episode III?), the "chosen one" (thus shifting the entire franchise's attention away from Luke and onto his father, once and for all), midichlorians (thus introducing the possibility that Anakin may have been a creation of the Sith, something that is almost explicitly confirmed in Episode III), the half-built C-3PO (thus making us all wonder why Darth Vader never recognized his old droid when they were reunited on Cloud City in Episode V), and, of course, Jar Jar Binks (nuff said).
At the time of its release, The Phantom Menace was the #3 film of all time at the domestic box office, behind Titanic and the original Star Wars. (It is now #6, having been surpassed by The Dark Knight, Shrek 2 and the extra boost that E.T. got during its 20th anniversary in 2002.) Worldwide, it was #2 at the time, behind only Titanic. (It is now #9, having been surpassed by two Lord of the Rings films, two Pirates of the Caribbean films, The Dark Knight, and two Harry Potter films.)
So ... who wants to reminisce? Remember how cool Darth Maul seemed in all the prerelease hype, and how disappointing it was to see him bite the dust so quickly? Remember how long many of us were in denial about this film's merits (or lack thereof)? Etc., etc., etc.?
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 03 March 2011 - 12:53 PM.