The McBournie Minute: The ‘Star Wars’ franchise is overrated

When I was in sixth grade, my friend Michael explained to me that there were supposed to be more than just three Star Wars movies. His uncle worked at Industrial Lights and Magic, and was involved in the animation of the light sabers and blasters. He explained that the reason the original (and then, the only) trilogy had episode titles was that George Lucas had a master plan for trilogies to take place before and after the movies we knew.

Less than a decade later, the world had three new Star Wars films to enjoy. They weren’t worth the wait, but that didn’t stop fans from keeping up their appetites for more. When The Phantom Menace was released, everyone hoped the next one would be better, then they hoped the third one would be the prequel they had dreamed of. It didn’t happen that way.

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Prostrate yourselves before we lose him

The actor who played Darth Vader —

No, not James Earl Jones. He was the voice.

The actor who played Darth Vader —

No, that was Sebastian Shaw when he’s unmasked and dies on the Death Star in Jedi. (Spoiler alert.)

Anyway, the actor who played Darth Vader —

No! We’re not going to talk about Hayden Christiansen. Jeeze.

The actor who was the actual guy in the Darth Vader suit (and killed the bejeezus out of Obiwan), David Prowse, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He’s in good spirits and using his situation to raise money for the Royal Marsden Hospital in South London where he is receiving treatment.

So, Prowse’s lesson for you young (50-year-old) padawan reading this is that: