My instinct is to shudder; most of you, I suspect, will react the same way. And let’s pause here to appreciate how amazing that is. So reviled are the prequels that news of new entries in the greatest sci-fi franchise in movie history now cause most of us to recoil rather than bleat with joy. It’s as if the Beatles had reunited in the late 70s, put out a bunch of horrible disco records, broken up again, then announced that they were reuniting again. Imagine how bad those disco LPs would have had to have been to make you respond to the news with, “Oh no — not another Beatles reunion.

They’re that bad.

George Lucas is plotting to create new Star Wars movies at the ultra top-secret Skywalker Ranch. This is deja vu of the mid ’90s when Uncle George start[ed] tweaking the Holy Trilogy to gear up for the Special Editions. […] These new film will have nothing to do with the live action television series currently in development. That show already has over 50 scripts ready to go and plenty of pre-production time and money has been spent on artwork and storyboards. Once that show goes into production, Lucasfilm hopes to be able to produce at least 100 episodes since that is the threshold for syndication in the United States […Fans] can expect the new trilogy after the entire saga is released in 3D which is expected to be complete around 2015 or 2016.

Lucasfilm denies it, natch, but word on the street is that the wizard will get cracking on the prequels just as soon as he’s done converting all the original movies to 3-D. Because, after all, “The Empire Strikes Back” just won’t be complete until that Tauntaun’s guts pop right out of the screen. Meanwhile, Wired looks on the bright side with five reasons why Lucas should do another trilogy. Actual quote:

4. The last trilogy wasn’t great. Lucasfilm’s second Star Wars trilogy simply didn’t meet the mammoth expectations created by the first one. Another cycle of three films, done well, might give fanboys some closure. Although the second trilogy finished strong with the dark and dystopian Revenge of the Sith, the movie just couldn’t wash away the stain of Jar Jar Binks or Anakin and Padme’s roll in the hay. Third time’s a charm!

Exit question: Is the third time a charm? There’s a small chance that the venom unleashed at the prequels could convince Lucas to go back to basics — fewer characters, less convoluted storylines, no absurd Ewok/Jar Jar concoctions whom you want to kill on sight. And yet, and yet. Maybe the Beatles analogy is the wrong one here; maybe a better analogy would be … the Stones. Every time a new Stones album comes out, there’s at least a small chance that it’ll be as good as “Let It Bleed.” And yet, and yet…