I think George Lucas is teaching kids the wrong lesson. No, not that generic dialogue and re-hashed ideas constitute great art -- that war lasts forever. Seriously, how long have the Clone Wars been going on? There have been two movies about the war, and two previous cartoon mini-series, and now this new movie is going to kick off a reported 100-episode cartoon series. Did M*A*S*H even last that long? Maybe it's a product of the times we live in, where our current war has lasted through five television seasons, but that seems a bit excessive. I mean, the war only lasts from 22 BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) to 19 BBY, so that's what, three years? Is a Star Wars year the same as an Earth year? I'm pretty sure it is.
I went and saw each of the Star Wars prequels in the theater, but I don't know if I'm going to see this one. Because in the last movie, we saw how it all ended! The Empire won, the Confederacy of Independent Systems lost, and all of the Jedi (at least, those who weren't needed to keep the franchise going) were killed! And Anakin Skywalker, who, according to Yoda, is "our last hope," is gonna be the one who eventually kills them all! There's a fine line between rooting for the anti-hero who walks a thin line between light and darkness and rooting for the guy who you know is eventually going to doom the galaxy to evil. And as cute as new Padawan Ahsoka is, I know in my heart of hearts that he's eventually going to eat it.
At one point (somewhere between 1977 and 2002), we were desperate to know more about the Clone Wars. What were they? Who was involved? Now, I just want them to end. We've seen the past of Star Wars. Now I want to see the future. Advance the mythology. Stop treading water.