By now you've probably heard of the changes made to the original Star Wars Trilogy in the recent Blu-ray release. Another thing you may have heard of is the fact that a lot of fans aren't too happy about these changes. I'm here to tell you that it's not such a bid deal. True, some of the changes aren't necessary, but are they detrimental to the series? With one exception, I don't think so. Let me show you the reasons why I don't think they're such a big deal, though I will explain the change I don't like.
Reason one: It's not the first time Star Wars has been altered.
I'm not trying to sound like a know-it-all, and I'm sure many of you know that Star Wars has been altered before. What I'm saying is that by now we should expect this. Besides, none of the changes are really that big. A few CGI monsters added? So what? The biggest change I can think of is putting Hayden Christensen at the end of Return of the Jedi instead of the original actor. While I think this is unnecessary I understand the reasoning behind it. It's the same reason they replaced a human Jabba the Hut with a CGI version before adding that scene back into A New Hope; Continuity. In the case of ghost Vader it wasn't entirely necessary, but I understand why it was done. In any case, if you think about it, the changes aren't that big, and even though we can expect more I doubt the core movie will change that much. Obi-Wan may have a new sound, but in the end it does the same thing, and that's scare off the sand people.
Reason Two: The power of CGI.
I heard somewhere that, originally, stormtroopers rode on camels while searching for R2-D2 and C-3PO in the desert. I'm not certain how true that it is, but I know they weren't riding on those awesome CGI monsters in the original cut. The CGI tech that made this possible wasn't available when Star Wars first came out, but you can't deny that its inclusion has made galaxy far far away come alive, more so than before. I count the imagination more important than the technology, but the tech certainly helps. Much in the same way Jurrassic Park benefited from CGI instead of stop animation to bring dinosours to life, the CGI in Star Wars has been a blessing, especially with that replacement of a puppet Yoda with a CGI character in The Phantom Menace. Compared to the lively and expressive puppet from the original (which they should keep a puppet if you ask me) the one from that first prequel was still and emotionless. That's one case where the change is for the better.