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Career high point: The original "Star Wars" trilogy
Career low point: The prequel "Star Wars" trilogy
How to fix it: When people talk about how "Star Wars" is broken beyond repair, it's apparent they aren't people who watch the "Clone Wars" animated series, which is doing the exact kind of storytelling on a regular basis that fans claim they wanted. And why? Because it's a playground that Lucas set up that he lets other writers and directors explore, and they grew up loving the "Star Wars" iconography. Lucas has told the story he wanted to tell, and in two quick steps, he could silence the whiners forever. All he needs to do is release a pristine Blu-ray of the untouched theatrical versions of the original trilogy, and then greenlight a new ongoing series of movies that he produces but allows other people to write and direct, set in the larger "Star Wars" world without any obligation to the Skywalker family saga. His talk of personal experimental films is fine for the soul, but if he wants to turn around the noise-making that he complains about every time he's interviewed, letting loose his most significant property is the way to make it happen.
- Drew McWeeny