What single image can conjure up a complete, distinct, and fully effective description of what George Lucas has done to the Star Wars franchise with the prequel trilogy? (Okay, besides a headshot of Jar Jar?) The sight of R2-D2 methodically reduced to a cubic heap of painfully recognizable scrap. It’s still obviously Star Wars, but it’s not nearly as awesome as it used to be.

Thanks, George. Thanks a lot.