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Is the Force Still with the 'Star Wars' Franchise?

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Is the Force Still with the 'Star Wars' Franchise?

Is the Force Still with the 'Star Wars' Franchise?

Is the Force Still with the 'Star Wars' Franchise?

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Jedi master Yoda prepares for battle in a scene from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. LucasFilm/20th Century Fox hide caption

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith premieres this week. Mike Pesca examines whether a failure of this film, the sixth in the franchise, could erode esteem for the three original Star Wars films. Pesca also considers "sequels" elsewhere in the arts to determine whether a sloppy second or third effort can devalue the past successes of an artist.