But out of all the possible discussions, the one that sparks my fancy more than any other is this. Did Lucas really have everything planned out exactly as we have seen it unfold in the 6 movies filmed so far? The existence of this debate makes no sense to those under the age of 25 (or those with a social life). But for those of us who were children in May 1977 there seems to be some revisionist history going on over there at Skywalker Ranch.
Spoiler alert….Darth Vader is Luke’s father. But was he always meant to be? Did you know Darth Vader is Dutch for Dark Father? Isn’t that proof enough that Lucas meant it to be that way all along? If not then where does the name Vader come from (answer at the end of this review – stay tuned).
Kaminski sites thousands of interviews (TV, magazine, newspaper) as well as other source material like the Star Wars – The Annotated Screenplays, etc. and pulls together the first ever, comprehensive history of how everything actually went down.
Here’s a few factoids to wet your appetite. We’ve all heard that the making of the first Star Wars movies caused Lucas to have a near mental breakdown but did you know that pretty much the same occurred with Empire Strikes Back? Did you know this is why Lucas finished Star Wars with Return of the Jedi and didn’t film anymore for over a decade? Did you know after Jedi was released, Lucas’ wife divorced him and left him in financial ruin? Did you know that in almost all possible ways, Star Wars was dead and gone by the early 90’s but it was 3 books by Timothy Zahn that gave the whole thing a second life? Did you know the names Mace Windu and Binks were around back in 1976? The “Other” mentioned in Empire Stikes Back was Luke’s sister but it wasn’t Leia and we weren’t supposed to meet her until Episode 7? What happened to Episodes 7, 8 and 9? Ask Lucas and he will now tell you he never planned on making them. Did you know he at one point was saying there was going to be 12?
A must read for certain types of Star Wars fans like myself. If you think Empire Strikes Back was the most boring episode, I have a bar of unused Jar Jar Binks soap I’d like to sell you (mint in package $ 0.20). The Secret History of Star Wars gets 4 stars.