No Right Explanation

No Right Explanation
This Generation's "Star Wars"

Firefilm | 20 Feb 2012 16:00
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Dan: I was about to find offence at Chris' mentioning that I failed to properly define the debate, but then he said that I am pretty, so all is forgiven. What can I say, as a journalism major I basically have a college degree in looking good on camera. But enough about how you as fans should start sending me love letters and pictures of yourselves, let's talk about the points on this expansive debate.

I will try to split this into two parts, aligning with the two videos covering the debate. In the initial video, the first point goes to Chris for what I think is his most powerful point of the entire debate. The expanded universe and mimicry of Harry Potter is really impressive, and even though I debated the opposing side, the fan reaction to that wizard is really very reminiscent of how society reacted to Star Wars back in the day.

Next point went to me, and this really harkens back to a magical time when geeks could see a movie and then have an excellent chance of seeing that movie go on to win not just some, not just most, but all of the Oscars. Remember how The Dark Knight got snubbed? Yea, LOTR was critically more successful, and that's saying something.

The next point I got as well, mostly due to the fact that every time a new teacher came along in Harry Potter, it was clear that was the villain. I don't know why they didn't do better background checks. Oh, and it was brought to my attention that my British accent gave one of our fans cancer. Sorry, my bad.

Chris evened things up with a mentioning of the reading phenomenon, which is still felt to this day. People waited in line for days for the release of ... a ... book. That doesn't happen very often, if ever, but Harry made it happen.

Chris also got a point by saying that the origin of LOTR was not really in our generation, but several previous generations removed. I am not sure about that one, but he got it anyways, because I knew I was going to get another episode worth of time to argue back.

Moving on to the second part of our debate, featuring a manly threeway. Now the points were a little less important because I knew we were going to have you as the fans choose the real winner. Ironically enough, Chris won both ways, in a feat Al Gore probably envies. Oh, and no I have never seen an episode of MLP but I would like to. I simply found the image and though it would be funny.

Kyle swoops in with a point in saying that the abject failure of the prequels is exactly why they truly belong to our generation. I would argue, but I was too busy remembering that me and everyone I know graduated college and moved back with their parents because the job market was non-existent. Failure? No, but certainly disappointment that what worked for our parent's generation is broken for us. If that doesn't sound like the prequels, I don't know what does.

Chris gets a quick point with his argument that the prequels didn't have the same feeling as the originals. I blame the needless CG, but others might blame the lack of a story.

You may notice that both Chris and I got a point for the next argument. He started the idea and I basically jumped on his bandwagon. The idea is that the prequels didn't offer anything new or interesting in the character department, only younger versions of existing ones. The few characters that were new were universally hated, or killed off before they could get more than two lines out.

Chris pulls the typecasting argument, but it's a weak one in my opinion. It's hard to compare the typecasting of the Harry crew with anyone else because the Potter films were like the first things they ever did, and then for a while it was the only things they did. Of course you are going to be best known for the only thing you have done.

Chris and I pull together to grab another point for reminding everyone that Natalie Portman, a.k.a. Thor's wench was in the prequels. No one remembers that because, as Chris and I state, she has been in such good things since then that the prequels are eclipsed. If they were truly this generation's "Star Wars", there would be no eclipsing the actors.

And there you have it. After tallying the points, it looks like Harry Potter won, with the prequels coming in a surprisingly close second. Don't worry for me, loyal fans, I've got some good debates coming up that I think you will all want to see. Endis Articalis!

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