The Star Wars franchise—even the prequels—is a work of weird genius

November 19, 2015 6:03 AM

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The Star Wars franchise—even the prequels—is a work of weird genius

With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.

Imagine that there’d never been a Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope—under any title. No The Empire Strikes Back. No Return Of The Jedi. Now say that it’s the late 1990s, and George Lucas is a reclusive Terence Malick-like figure who hasn’t directed a movie since the impressive one-two of 1971’s THX 1...

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