Repeating The Wars Of Our Past

| CT, USA | Friendly | June 8, 2016

(My friends and I are all fans of Star Wars, but Friend #1 is a huge super-fan. Episode VII: The Force Awakens has just come out and we are talking about it.)

Me: “I really liked it! I thought the effects were great; the script was sharp. I really enjoyed the throwbacks to Episode IV.”

Friend #2: “Yeah, I thought it was great, too. What about you, [Friend #1]? Did it meet your exacting standards?”

Friend #1: “Yeah, loved it. But you know I’ll go see anything Star Wars, even if it didn’t get good reviews. I saw all the prequels, after all! And I think Rogue One looks great, too.”

Friend #2: “Yeah, same. I’m just dreading the day when they inevitably do a remake of Episode IV.”

Friend #1: *laughing* “What? That’s not going to happen!”

Friend #2: *serious tone* “Why do you say that?”

Friend #1: “Because it doesn’t need to be remade; it’s good the way it is. They wouldn’t do that.”

Friend #2: *suddenly very stern, taking [Friend #1] by the shoulders* “Look at me. There is nothing they wouldn’t do.”

Friend #1: “What?”

Friend #2: “I’m telling you this as your friend so you won’t be surprised. Listen to me. There is NOTHING they wouldn’t do if it would make money. They WILL remake it someday. It’s just a matter of time.”

Friend #1: *wide eyed* “But…”

Me: “Yeah, dude. How many times have they gone over the same basic story for Batman? Or Spider-man? They just recast Captain Kirk a few years ago. They remade Psycho, for god’s sake. You think Star Wars is safe? You think it’s special?”

Friend #2: *solemnly* “It’s the way of the world.”

Friend #1: “Oh… oh, no! You’re right! That’s… that’s awful!”

Me: “Yes, well, don’t take it too hard. Maybe we’ll be dead by then.”

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