Magazine July 27, 2020, Issue

How I Learned to Appreciate the Star Wars Prequels

Yoda in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (LucasFilm/IMDb)

Not every deeply held moral conviction can survive a pestilence. “You may not like who you’re about to become,” my New York Times colleague David Brooks warned at the outset of the 2020 pandemic, and I can report that he was right. Three months into the coronavirus, trapped in a house with three children and a newborn, I abandoned a pledge I had made to myself long before any of them were born: I let my kids watch the Star Wars prequels.

For years my official posture toward the prequels was that, while I acknowledged having watched them, to the point

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This article appears as “Star Wars Revisionism” in the July 27, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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