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Well, if we’re all going to be hostages of the welfare state, much like in ancient Rome, we can enjoy the bread and circuses. A hot topic that has yet to be posted upon by your Gormogons is the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney for $4 billion dollars.
The purchase was met with mixed feelings by fandom. There were concerns that Disney would create tweenage comedy dreck that would rival the Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), or other nightmarish scenarios involving the Apple Dumpling Gang or some bizarre Princess/Fairy mashup.
Dr. J., on the other hand, welcomed the purchase, as there is so much room in the Star Wars universe for exploration, that a smart production company could have a lifetime of entertainment riches to mine. Disney has done a great job with old properties of late. The Czar, for example, enjoyed John Carter of Mars, which Dr. J. has yet to see. Dr. J. loved Tron: Legacy and enjoys Tron Uprising. Furthermore he loves, loves, loves Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes, which is essentially Marvel comic book Pr0n wrapped up in 52 22-minute segments. He has mixed feelings on Ultimate Spider-Man, more because he doesn’t like it when the 4th wall is broken down, than anything else, because Paul Dini’s work is of the usual caliber.
Dr. J. suspects movies and television programing more of the caliber of The Clone Wars series than the prequels. They might hit paydirt with the right screenwriter and director for VII, VIII and IX, but Dr. J. will be happy if they’re better than the prequels. In addition, it might permit a refresh of Hollywood Studios (which needs some work), and even the Future-world part of Epcot.
In addition, by selling the property to Disney, George Lucas relinquishes creative control, so his ability to create abominations (specifically Jar Jar Binks and the poor script writing that plagued the prequels) are gone. Dr. J. suspects that one of the reasons Lucas sold was because of looming tax-mageddon, and he wanted to shore up his children’s legacies, and his ability to do what he wanted with the profits via foundations that he’s created, and good for him. That’s the power of capitalism, but it is a shame that he felt his hand forced by his hero, mmm mmm mmm Barack Hussein Obama.