Rewatching Star Wars Episode I: The Beginning

Found this blast from the past on Youtube earlier today.   Star Wars Episode I: The Beginning was a documentary that was bundled with the original DVD of Star Wars Episode I way back at it's original release.   Looking back at it with nearly 20 years of distance, it's interesting in almost the same way that it's interesting to watch a car crash in slow motion.

From the very beginning you can almost sense in the glances between people around George Lucas that people realized George had no idea what he was doing, and that they had no real power to say anything about it.   This was especially evident seeing John Knoll, the head of special effects on Episode 1, and one of the creators of Adobe Photoshop.   Throughout the documentary he looked like a man who was just trying desperately to keep the train he had boarded vaguely on the tracks.

Take an hour or so out of your day one day and check this out.    It's incredibly interesting to watch it to see how easily one can take a beloved property and completely mess it up.