Senior HTF Member
- Apr 19, 2000
Well, he does get a pass from a large portion of the fan base who approve of all or at least some of the changes. (I know a number of people who claim to like the VFX updates even if they don't like the new scene additions or "Han shoots first" nonsense.)
Even many of the SE detractors have been worn down over the years to the point of grudging acceptance.
It was always Lucas' master plan to entrench the Special Editions as the only viewing option for the movies, so that younger viewers would never know anything else. Lucas knew that fans of the original theatrical versions will eventually die off or lose interest. His long game was for the theatrical versions to be lost to time, so that the SEs will be his legacy.
It's still incorrect that Lucas gets a "pass" that other filmmakers wouldn't receive, and I continue to contend he gets less of one than most.
There's a sizable contingent of fans adamant about the OOT.
There are other movies where the theatrical cut is unavailable too but people get less up in arms about those instances than they do "Star Wars"...