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I think this is beautifully and really captures the Gen X consensus… and a lot more.

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This is exactly how I felt sitting in the theater in 1999. A lot of my friends were angry. I was just sad. It was one of those “childhood is over” moments for me. I walked out halfway through and didn’t even think about Star Wars for the next 20+ years. The Mandalorian brought me back.

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You (and John) are better men than I. I checked out of Phantom Menace about twenty or thirty minutes in, after the podrace scene. I was like, "Holy shit this sucks. 'Midichlorians?!'"

Have not watched any SW IP since. Still love the old Marvel comics from the '70s and '80s though.

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What a brilliant piece! So heartfelt and thoughtful. Just stellar.

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May 18Liked by John DeVore

I’m a boomer but I never watched it.

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hope you're feeling better

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I’m not and I wish I could find someone who is throwing their unused pain medication away for when I go home and the Dr. stops prescribing them, but the pain stays the same. My insurance only covers one month in a physical rehabilitation personal care home.

I CAN’T BELIEVE I FELL DOWN AND COULDN’T GET UP!!!

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ahh I'm so sorry

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May 16Liked by John DeVore

quick question how much do i remind you of qui-gon

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Pinocchio cannot exist without Geppetto to bring him to life. Consequently, "Star Wars" without Lucas, and any IP projects made without the consent of their original creators, are bereft of life.

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ditto the x-men movies, thankfully Deadpool corrected and some of the tv series.

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I was also 24 when I saw the Phantom Menace on opening weekend (although I had taken off work to go to an afternoon show.) And I agree with just about every you have written. 25 years later and the disappontment still rings in my ears, although the sequel trilogy makes the prequels look like Citizen Kane. Now Disney is going to mine this universe for a tale that takes place 150 years before this one, and I really can't bring myself to care. But if they released some sort of Qui-Gon miniseries on Disney +, I would probably watch that. Thanks for writing Keep up the good work.

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