Here we go again.
I speak for many in my generation whose childhood was profoundly shaped by the original Star Wars trilogy. I had the action figures. I had the Rebel Alliance Hoth speeder. Boba Fett was my hero.
The latest chapters in the modern day Star Wars are cruel. Suffering from fifteen years of dashed hopes, George Lucas' revival represented a fulfillment of childhood fantasies for returning to packed theaters and howling with the 20th Century Fox anthem. But after a fair share of Jar Jar Binks and convoluted plot lines, our feelings remain unrequited.
On Thursday, the trailer for the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode III-- Revenge of the Sith" made its debut on the Internet. While the sneak peek was intended only for America Online members and StarWars.com Hyperspace subscribers, the clip found its way onto the Web.
The preview is enticing. A clip from the original Star Wars where the Sir Alec Guinness Obi Wan Kenobi explains Darth Vader's transformation into the galaxy's Genghis Kahn sets the backdrop. Scenes include a fair share of light saber swashbuckling, growling grey-haired Wookies and the rise of the nefarious dark helmet from a blanket of smoke. Lucas has already indicated that the final chapter will be the darkest and bloodiest of the saga.
My plea to Lucas: make the finale one to remember. And kill off Jar Jar for good.