When we heard that the 3-D version of Star Wars was set for Feb. 10, 2012, we squealed the squeal of fannish glee. See the Millennium Falcon jump to light speed in three whole dimensions? We're so there.
But as we continued reading the press release, we became glummer than a Hutt who's lost a bet: The original Star Wars isn't being re-released. Instead, it's Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace.
The Phantom Menace is considered by most fans to be the least successful live-action movie in the Star Wars series, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 62% (although the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars had a much lower score). Many blame the presence of the character Jar Jar Binks for ruining the beloved series; others were critical of racial stereotypes.
But there will be moments worth the price of a ticket: a young, determined Natalie Portman, a completely awesome lightsaber battle with Darth Maul and ... and ... Well, the lightsaber battle was totally cool.
Or you can just save your money and wait for the 3-D versions of the rest of the series. Although no dates have been set for the other five films, the releases are as inevitable as the setting of twin suns over Tatooine.