Originally Posted by Jr Mouse
Ok sure "only reason" is strong wording, but he certainly didn't know it would be successful. No one did. Go read up on how blind sided by the film's success everyone was. They had almost no toys ready to sell that season because they were not confident they would even sell. It was a huge success out of no where. So yes Lucas wrote the movie as more of a self contained narrative then any of the other SW films. This includes the prequels. So my overall point stands
Sorry, it doesn't at all. What it does suggest is that if your investment is marketing it as a franchise and selling toys, that can be a crutch that leads you to tell tight story-telling under the bus. It may be a natural reaction, but not an inevitable one. There's no reason one couldn't approach the writing, directing, and editing of the current film as though
it were supposed to stand alone as a narrative.
Go read up on basic primers for writers, be it novelists, screenwriters, etc. Even if you're writing a television pilot, one of the most fundamental pieces of advice is to have the single-episode narrative hold together as a single viewing experience. Of course there's going to be other stuff that won't get revealed or fully developed until later episodes, but that shouldn't be a catch-all excuse for everything (one should always be suspicious of arguments that prove to much). That's a big difference between the experience of watching a well-crafted episodic narrative and, say, cheesy soap operas or Dynasty or Falcon Crest or whatever.