Originally Posted by Livingston
My main problem with the new movies is that the sense of comradery was completely lost. The dynamic of Luke, Han, Chewie and Leia you never had at all in the new movies. That sense of adventure and friends sharing in adventure was gone. It took itself too seriously if you ask me. The new trilogy had it's moments but I never connected with it like I did the original. In fact the only characters I remotely connected with in the new trilogy were Liam Neeson and the Emperor. I'm not joking, after Quai Gon was killed the most human character to me was the emperor. Everyone else were statues. So lofty they seemed as though shat marble as Mozart once said.
That's a good analysis, the first trilogy was basically a romantic adventure story set in space. I recently watched the first "Clash of the Titans" and it's the same as Star Wars except for the setting.
You also pointed out the self-irony of this genre and this can indeed be a great asset.
I come from the opposite direction and didn't like the irony and obscurity of the first trilogy, so I enjoy the second trilogy which delves into things and deals e.g. longer with the difference between the Sith and the Jedi more. Something like the midichlorians is just fanwank (just like the nanoprobes in VOY) but the lethal competition, the death cult, the expectation that your pupil will slaughter you sooner or later and so on, this stuff was important on a dramatic level in my opinion.