Alec Guiness, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

“Before the Dark Times”: Stunningly Powerful Star Wars Fan Video

MrRazNZ has assembled one of the most powerful Star Wars fan videos I have ever run across.  Whether you love or hate the Prequel Trilogy, the final showdown between Anakin and Obi-Wan is undoubtedly one of if not the most powerful scene in any of the films.  It changed forever how you view Obi-Wan in the Original Trilogy, especially his initial meeting with Luke.  This video does an exceptional job, using Williams score (mostly from Episode III’s “The Immolation Scene” track) to weave that initial talk in Obi-Wan’s hut between Luke and Ben with flashing back to the actual events.  What was once a whimsical talk between a mysterious man and a young boy is now a only the truth “from a certain point of view” conveyed to a son by the weary and aged warrior who had to cut down his father and watch him burn.  There are literally thousands of these kinds of videos on YouTube, but this one is a work of art and does the best job of expounding upon how seeing what happened on Mustafar changes the original film forever for viewers than anything I’ve ever read or seen.

Hayden Christensen, Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

3 thoughts on ““Before the Dark Times”: Stunningly Powerful Star Wars Fan Video”

  1. This is beautiful, and it actually sums up why SW (I’m talking about the six-film core overseen by Lucas) is the greatest story ever told on film, and THE great myth of our time.

    All the prequel haters are wrong, and have always been wrong. The most embarrassing SW moment comes when Luke says, “But I was going into Toshi station to pick up some power converters.” And no one complained when Lucas retconned Leia into Luke’s sister.

    All that happened was that the original films were set in stone and made holy in the 16 years between ROTJ and TPM, and you do NOT mess with a sacred text. Lucas wanted to surprise everyone. That was the MO behind almost every decision he made. No fooling, keep it in the back of your mind the next time you watch the prequels.

    He wanted the fans to have fun. But the fans were looking for an utterly black and obsessively-detailed history lesson. The bad taste the PT leaves in my mouth has everything to do with the incessant piling on, and nothing to do with the films themselves, which are WONDERFUL and no more flawed than the originals, though they are flawed differently. I know we’ve been through this before, I’m just overjoyed that people are finally loosening up and producing films like the amazing one you posted.


  2. THIS is Star Wars. Not stupid cash-grabs from recasting Han. The Force Awakens was amazing, but the first six is what it was always meant to be. The prequels added so much depth to so many amazing characters and gave the originals a meaning. Jar-Jar wasn’t the brightest, but Star Wars would be long forgotten if it weren’t for the prequels. Lucasfilm made the right call then, and it doesn’t deserve the hate.

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