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All fans, scholars, and critics have their favorite films. Some support all of the films equally, some embrace the special editions, and others deny the existence of any movies other than the original versions of the first three films released. No matter what critics and fans say, all of the live-action movies are Star Wars movies: they follow the same mythology and bear the words "Star Wars" in their titles. However, the themes of the two trilogies of the Star Wars saga conflict. The prequel trilogy undermines the concerns of the original Star Wars trilogy by subverting the themes of free will and the importance of having good character, faith, and humanity that the original trilogy celebrates. The prequel Star Wars movies fail to be as effective as the earlier, original Star Wars films by advocating the themes of predestination and cynicism and subverting the entire way of life of a specific group of people, the Jedi.
Baiers, Lauren, "'A Great Disturbance in the Force:' Thematic Dissonance Between the Two Star Wars Trilogies" (2010). Honors Theses. 2014.
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