By now most Star Wars fans have probably heard about the laserdisc bought on e-Bay containing cut scenes/bloopers from Return of the Jedi, among other original trilogy Star Wars films.
The person who bought the laserdisc has a Facebook page wherein they’re posting all the scenes, and it can be found here:
Now, the scene I’m referring to above involves Yoda making mention of the fact that both he and Obi Wan perhaps lied to Luke Skywalker about the identity of his father…
I’ve mentioned many times before that the Star Wars features were never my cup of tea, despite the fact that I was of the right age and a big fan of sci-fi when the original feature film came out. The fact is the film should have been right in my wheelhouse.
Yet the original Star Wars didn’t register and, while I knew everyone around me in the theater was going absolutely crazy about what they were seeing, I was/remain curiously indifferent about the whole thing. So much so at the time, in fact, that I didn’t bother seeing Empire Strikes Back until it aired on network TV (I did, however, catch Return of the Jedi in theaters…go figure).
Upon seeing Return of the Jedi, what struck me was the revelation of Luke and Leia being twin siblings. It was proof that much of the Star Wars saga was “made up” as it went along. After all, when Luke first sees the hologram of Leia pleading for help in the original Star Wars, the expression on his face is one of absolute love at first sight, not a feeling of “oh, I must help this damsel in distress”. Even in the original theatrical cut of Empire Strikes Back it is obvious the idea that Luke and Leia are brother and sister is still not there, evident from this (amusing) clip:
Anyway, I still found the Yoda clip linked to above interesting, at least to show that the creators of the series were considering some of the ramifications of the unfolding story line they were creating.
All stories, after all, are “made up” as you go along. Unfortunately for Mr. Lucas and company, some of the ideas they choose to follow invalidated previously created material and, I suspect, this in part was what made Mr. Lucas go back to the original films and edit out parts of it. It’s a short step from that to “fixing” the effects or adding things that weren’t originally there.
The danger, of course, lies in spoiling what others cherish…even if the material is yours to begin with.