Finally, a song has come along that can properly represent the deep emotional anguish felt by Star Wars fans everywhere as a result of the prequel trilogy and, worse, the desecration of the original trilogy. Especially the desecration of the original trilogy. I know I’m beating a dead bantha here, but Han shot first. Never forget.
Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” provides the launching pad for “The Star Wars That I Used to Know,” a lamentation that vividly expresses widespread fan disappointment in the series and, chiefly, in creator George Lucas. Replacing Gotye and Kimbra are actors done up as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader and George Lucas, in a solid adaptation of the original music video.
It’s wonderfully appropriate – the love between fans and George Lucas turned sour by time, change, and neglect. As the video continues, Star Wars fans can vividly feel every slap in the face received from Lucas. The money-grubbing 3-D versions of the original trilogy. The poor turn of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker. Greedo shot first. Midichlorians. Jar Jar Binks. The rogue’s gallery of fan complaints are all there, sang in the fashion of a jilted lover. George Lucas in front of the green screen at the end is a devastatingly clever way of wrapping things up.
In terms of Star Wars critiques, this more than deserves to be in the pantheon along with RedLetterMedia’s equally hilarious and eviscerating review of the original trilogy that is about half as long as the trilogy itself (strong language ahead). If you want to save time, the 6:45 mark to the end of the first video captures the brilliance of the entire review pretty well.