How Disney Ruined Star Wars for Everybody
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As millions of people flock to see The Last Jedi, it’s time to admit it: Star Wars just isn’t that good any more.

Yes, I know there’s a current trend to go all hipstery and criticize anything popular. “I’m tired of comic book shows Marvel's Netflix Shows, Reviewed and Ranked Marvel's Netflix Shows, Reviewed and Ranked Marvel's comic book creations are now so popular that four of them have their own shows on Netflix. In this article we review each show and rank them in order of awesomeness. Read More and movies.” “The latest iPhone is a joke.” “Doctor Who isn’t as good as when David Tennant was in it Who Is Online: The Best Doctor Who Episodes of All Time Who Is Online: The Best Doctor Who Episodes of All Time If you want to get into Doctor Who, and enjoy the most important episodes of this British institution's entire televised history, start with the list we have lovingly prepared for you. Read More .” That attitude annoys me, and I normally avoid doing it. But when it comes to Star Wars, I feel it’s justified.

Star Wars is one of the biggest franchises in the world — and it simply shouldn’t be. You, loyal fans, deserve much better.

Gliding on Reputation

There was naturally a lot of excitement when it was announced that Star Wars would be coming back. George Lucas wouldn’t return with the franchise, but on balance, most people felt that was actually a good thing, especially after the shambles of Episodes 1 to 3.

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Yet Lucas’s revelation about why he quit the brand tells us a lot about this latest iteration. He disagreed with Disney’s vision that it should be “for the fans.” He wasn’t wrong. The Force Awakens and Rogue One were definitely for the fans 10+ Star Wars Fan Films You Should Watch on YouTube 10+ Star Wars Fan Films You Should Watch on YouTube Star Wars fan films tell some of the best stories in the entire Star Wars universe. Fellow fans of the space opera will love these 10 short films available to watch on YouTube. Read More . And that is an appalling storytelling strategy.

Star Wars has become an insular franchise that relies heavily on its past — so much so, it has revisited A New Hope by expanding on how the Death Star plans were obtained. Its next outing is a solo film about Han, something no one really asked for. It will, however, be lapped up by the fans.

Now, you might not consider this a problem because a lot of people have watched the prequels; even more have enjoyed the original trilogy. It’s not stretching the imagination. It’s not challenging the old audience or encouraging newcomers. It’s not exploring new depths. It’s just more of the same old Star Wars.

When a film is considered good because it’s the latest installment in a franchise, its individual narrative has failed.


We may forgive The Force Awakens now, enthusiastic about the movies being back, but in the future that film will be seen as an unnecessary retread of the same story.

You know the argument, but you know it because so many people have spotted it: The Force Awakens is A New Hope.

Okay, so no storytelling is new. It’s almost always variations on a theme. We can look to William Shakespeare The Best 13 Informative Resources for Studying Shakespeare The Best 13 Informative Resources for Studying Shakespeare Search for in-depth and accurate information on William Shakespeare and his complete body of work with the help of these fantastic online resources. Read More to see the same patterns repeated on our TV screens, on the printed page, and in our movie theaters Cinema Is Dying: How Movie Theaters Can Ensure Their Survival Cinema Is Dying: How Movie Theaters Can Ensure Their Survival Movie theaters need to offer more than just a way of watching the latest films. They need to stop competing on "convenience" and start focusing on "experience." Here's how. Read More . The circle turns. But that’s boiling down plots to their core elements: the interesting bits are the embellishments on top. Star Wars‘s recent embellishments are disappointing at best.

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Sure, call it an homage. It’s not. It’s falling back on the stuff J.J. Abrams knows is going to tick boxes for fans. This upcoming trilogy is just A New Hope/The Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi retold for a new generation.

Uninspiring Villains

Kylo Ren. What a loser.

I can’t think of a less-threatening villain. Let’s hope they draft in Gargamel from The Smurfs to ramp up the tension next time. Kylo is a whining twerp who rebelled against his parents as a teenager and never grew up. He’s a counterfeit Vader with the same charisma as Adam Sandler.

Captain Phasma had potential. She looks and sounds good, and is both threatening and ominous, and (the most important thing for commercial properties) marketable. But what did she do? I honestly don’t know because she was on screen for less than two minutes.

Then there’s Supreme Leader Snoke, a fascimile of Emperor Palpatine. As a projection only, he’s robbed of any real presence; this is further hindered by him being totally CGI How CGI Is Ruining Your Favorite Movies How CGI Is Ruining Your Favorite Movies However much we marvel at "these new-fangled special effects," sometimes they can get in the way of actually enjoying a film. Let's look at how CGI is ruining your favorite movies. Read More . He’s intriguing, but not scary.

They should have just taped Darth Maul back together. Now that’s a bad guy.

Credit where credit’s due, Krennic was a solid enough enemy in Rogue One. He sustained his screen-time well — right until Vader showed up. That’s when I realized he’d been utterly dwarfed. That’s when I realized I’d been waiting for a greater threat to turn up.

Underdeveloped Characters

Phasma and them weren’t the only ones to be seriously underdeveloped. Nope, the disappointment extends to the protagonists too.

We should’ve expected this. Star Wars has a history of not fleshing out anyone but the Main Three characters. It’s understandable: there’s only a limited number of hours to tell a story, so not everyone is going to have an extensive backstory. Look how quickly you care about Corpsman Dey (John C. Reilly) in Guardians of the Galaxy, and yet Star Wars doesn’t afford its actors such fine brushstrokes.

Far too many are chalked up as “with the resistance” or “at one with the Force,” and that’s apparently enough.

Qui-Gon Jinn was the latter. Mace Windu too. Poe Dameron is the former, and a prime example of characters having little to no character development. He gets captured, he provides a way for Finn to escape, then blows stuff up.

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Merchandising Gimmicks

Bloody porgs.

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They were included in The Last Jedi trailer just to make people tweet “D’AAAWW THEY’RE SO CUTE” and sell some plush toys in time for Christmas. GIFs abounded. Porgs were on the shelf before the film was released. There’s a soft toy, talking plush, T-shirts, a keyring, and a mug. You might even find Star Wars: Chewie and the Porgs sitting under the Christmas tree this year.

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I can forgive it to a certain extent, but I can’t help feeling repulsed by the bank of related POP! vinyls staring down from shop shelves.

A Humorless Universe

I’ve mentioned Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) a few times already, and that’s because it’s arguably the closest franchise to Star Wars. They’re both grand in scale, have very dedicated fanbases, and have massive casts. They’re also both owned by Disney.

But there’s one thing the MCU has over Star Wars… humor!

Some say it’s a fault of Marvel’s, but compare its movies to DC’s, which are largely devoid of comedy: the acclaim and commercial success of one far outweighs the other. That’s because, however dark things get, people like to sympathize with characters. Spider-Man is more relatable because he’s a bit of a joker. But not The Joker.

Star Wars isn’t completely without laughs, although it’s a lot rarer. K-2SO is an oasis amid a very bleak desert. I don’t want Star Wars to turn into Guardians of the Galaxy, but some small laughs wouldn’t go amiss. Smarter humor would be preferable to Porgs too.

Is Finn funny? Not especially. His incredulity might make you smile, but nobody’s afforded enough downtime to chill, chat, and chuckle. I can’t remember Jyn Erso or Rey laughing at all.

Everything’s so serious, you watch a two-hour movie and come out of the cinema Are You Responsible for the Death of Cinema? Are You Responsible for the Death of Cinema? Cinema is in its death throes. But why? Do we blame the directors of crappy films? The alternative viewing options now available? Or are you personally responsible? Let's figure this out. Read More wondering whether the Dark Side was right all along.

Ruining the Legacy

Until this point, I’d invested in the Star Wars universe. Even the prequels added something Watch Star Wars Out of Order to Make Everything Better Watch Star Wars Out of Order to Make Everything Better There are several different ways of watching the Star Wars movies. So, with people newly discovering this series, we looked at a handful in order to find the best order in which to watch them. Read More to the mythos. But we’ve reached the stage where Star Wars was better as a cinematic legend. Official extensions to the brand just lessen that icon.

No one is afforded a Happy Ever After. These characters deserved the conclusions they got in Return of the Jedi. Beyond that, they could live on in our imaginations, and maybe in comics, books, and other mediums 6 Ways You Can Read Star Wars Fan Fiction Online 6 Ways You Can Read Star Wars Fan Fiction Online There are Star Wars fans out there that are so into George Lucas' magnum opus that they're happy to spend hours writing stories based in the Star Wars universe. Read More . Now, they’re diminished.

We know Leia and Han have a troubled relationship, resulting in the whining monster that is Kylo Ren. We know R2-D2 spent ages powered down, essentially dead. And we know Luke abandoned all of his friends to live as a hermit. It’s all disappointing, isn’t it?

Han is the cherry on top. [Spoiler Alert!] Kylo Ren had to kill off one of the best characters in the fictional universe simply to prove to himself he wasn’t a petulant child. It was obviously going to happen, but that doesn’t mean it should have.

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Kylo Ren’s journey couldn’t properly begin until he’d murdered a childhood hero.

Star Wars started on the big screen, but it’s better it continues in our imaginations, where characters can fly and the universe is infinite.

A Long Time Ago…

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars was special. Now, it’s just another cinematic series that will be exploited for all its worth.

I hope its core ideas are kept alive for further generations, but let’s not favorably compare the recent additions to the original trilogy. The light has gone from this star.

Star Wars is dead to me, and it should be dead to you too.

Do you agree with my feelings about the new generation of Star Wars? Or do you vehemently disagree, and want to see Disney run this franchise into the ground? Please let us know in the comments below, whether you’re giving the thumbs-up or taking me to task.

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  1. Gabriel Hankes
    January 14, 2018 at 5:16 am

    You're article could not be more on point. Such a disappointment and slap in the gave to the true Star Wars community. Star Wars is dead to me.

  2. Brad
    January 10, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Yes they wrecked it after the movie my wife saw the expression on the kids faces and smiled I will never have to see another Star Wars movie or buy and Star Wars gifts again for her it was a great day I guess were going to Hawaii

  3. Don A.
    January 10, 2018 at 3:06 am

    I totally agree, for all of the reasons stated in this article, and so many more. Disney has not only cheapened Star Wars' legacy by turning it into nothing but a merchandise gimmick, but they're actually sacrificing on the alter of social engineering. They know that no matter how much damage they do to the characters and stories everyone love, the movies will continue to make money. Star Wars has been hijacked by the ultra left and is being used to effect societal change. Though I've loved everything done with the MCU, and am excited about its future, I would gladly forgo it all to watch Disney and everything about them fall into ruin.

  4. Sylke
    January 5, 2018 at 9:57 am


  5. Sylke
    January 5, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Yes, totally agree: there are only 6 films that make up Star Wars. Period.

    • Bobby
      January 7, 2018 at 3:17 am

      Agreed, and I actually really liked episodes 1-3. Most people didnt.

      • Sylke
        January 7, 2018 at 8:20 am

        Yep, 1-3 were best, the prequels did do okay, in my point of view. And that's it, really.

        After that there was only recycling of old themes or like in infamous number 8: a random collection of vegan advertisement (don't eat meat), ultra feminist culture (men are underdeveloped pricks) hence Women need to rule and treat men without any sense of equality and respect. the old good guys are the new bad guys, beauty and and grace is out, the new world order does need more ugly scenes such as Luke milking an ugly feminine "Disney cow" and drink more milk???
        I mean come on: the hero of star wars get's depicted as a weak (mother) milk drinking looser? How worse could the Star Wars film idea be abused?
        leaving out many more flaws,..
        .. there comes this totally unsuitable sort of humor (as you might recall from The Guardians of the Galaxy - where it fits perfectly) as some sort of cherries on top.

        Well, you could also see "The last Jedi" as an extraordinary collection of bad taste, blatant ignorance of the essence of Star Wars and the unmet challenge to create a smart and yet visionary future for a true icon in film history.

        Please note: I am a woman and I am also a vegetarian. That makes me a perfect match to commenting on the absurdities of ultra trends regarding diet style or the out of balance feminist dogma.

  6. dennis anthony
    January 4, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Despite what you all are saying I know most of you will go and see episode 9 to see how it ends

    • Sylke
      January 7, 2018 at 8:46 am

      Sorry dude, I can't agree with your comment.

  7. dennis anthony
    January 4, 2018 at 1:48 am

    I wouldn't say star wars is dead to me I still watch it mainly because my younger brothers never knew the original trilogy it is very repetitive but still fun to watch

  8. Shawn Durham
    December 30, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Absolutely brilliant! "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars was special. Now, it’s just another cinematic series that will be exploited for all its worth." It's so sad what Disney has done! First Indiana Jones now this atrocity! When will this end!?

    • Sylke
      January 7, 2018 at 8:50 am

      Yes, I am with you on this very, very, very sad thing of film affairs.

      So much potential just blown out of the window for the cheer sake of money making.

  9. blowschunks
    December 25, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Disney politically corrected into a piece of garbage. people are no longer tricked into dark side but pursue it? Female jedi for the feminists? Weak jedi Luke tries to kill his apprentice? Vegetarian influence that ruin chewbacka's lunch made me want to walk out.

    • Bobby
      January 7, 2018 at 3:19 am

      Summed it all up, when movies get political and try to adhere to the hispter, feminist, snowflake crowd I tend to spend money elsewhere. Shame what they are doing to Star Wars

  10. Ilya Rysenkov
    December 23, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    For me, they ruined it when Disney wrote bad endings for main characters. In Legends, people had it very rough, but their stories were much better developed, and had interesting though flawed twists (Abeloth, Mara's death, Jacen turning Dark, etc).
    Force Awakens has ruined Star Wars for me, but The Last Jedi solidified it.
    P.S. Gargamel was scarier than Ren.

    • isse
      December 27, 2017 at 2:07 am

      (Can't seem to post a comment above so replying here...)

      Agree (with the article and comment above) 110%!

      Episodes 1-3 were certainly not as good as the original trilogy, but they made sense and I understood them, so they satisfied on that level. The technological advances in visual effects also contributed to their enjoyment.

      NONE of that is present in the new movies (I was going to say "stories," but as stories, they don't deserve to be called "new.") Having been an avid fan since seeing the first one in the theater as a teen, I wanted so badly to love the new ones. But I can't. The disappointment has been so crushing, that even the old films I can think of with only sad fondness as I would a former flame.

      Disney $tar War$ will get no more of my $$.

      • Sylke
        January 7, 2018 at 9:12 am

        Yes, I can fully relate to your comment. Same sad fare well for the real Star Wars here. No further money wasting on the Disney want to be show.

  11. Diana H.
    December 23, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    What a disgrace to Carrie Fisher to show her flying through space... the most awkward moment in cinematic history.

    What a disgrace to write one of the most iconic science fiction characters completely OUT OF CHARACTER.

    What a disgrace to spend millions of dollars with the hollow foundation of BAD script. No story.

    What a disgrace to introduce new, dull, lifeless characters with no story arcs.

    What a disgrace to disparage and insult fans and talking Star Wars needing to “grow” when it is growing BACKWARDS and degenerating and RUINING the legacy of the original films.

    Everyone at Disney associated with the poorly executed Last Jedi movie should be ashamed...Kathleen Kennedy with her feminist agenda...ruined Star Wars for women and men. She got her equality.

    So long, Star Wars. You are dead. R.I.P. 1977-2017

    • Mike P
      December 28, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      What did you expect when Disney took over? SW died the day they bought the rights to the franchise.

    • Shawn Durham
      December 30, 2017 at 5:14 am

      Too good! I agree with all of your points 100%

  12. Not One of the Disney Sheep
    December 21, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Rian Johnson, Kathleen Kennedy and Disney ruined the rich legacy of Star Wars with The Last Jedi. It is a BAD, forgettable movie with no magic, awkward scenes, nervous humor, cardboard characters and hollow spirit. Other than the Star Wars brand and original actors, it is NOT Star Wars.

    The Last Jedi will make a ton of money for Disney, but “getting people talking” is not the same as making a quality, meaningful movie.

    The new characters are dull and not magnetic in any way. I do think Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver are talented, but not with the bad script. The legacy, original characters were so out of character that they were unrecognizable...despite being played by the same actors...Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

    Disney had a jewel and turned it into DIRT.

    I don’t buy all of the explanations for scenes and justification for “let the past die.” Those are cop-outs! Oh, it’s just the fan boys whining. No it’s not! I am calling out the CRAP and will not be one of the Disney sheep who flock to garbage. Movies can be made to honor the past and pass the torch to the future in a meaningful way. The Last Jedi FAILED.

    If you liked it, good for you. I thought the Last Jedi was an insult and a slap in the face. Disney took a HUGE DUMP on Star Wars. I have never been so disappointed in a movie. And Star Wars was more than just a movie series before Disney reunited it. Rogue One had issues but was decent. Even The Force Awakens wasn’t this terrible. The Last Jedi is the worst and egregious.

    The Last Jedi is a throwaway movie that should be burned like the ancient Jedi tree in the movie. The Last Jedi is just another cliche of a large studio making a sequel that pales in comparison...only this time, the fan base is alienated. Rian Johnson, you are forever associated with poor quality, factory filmmaking. Congratulations.

  13. Bhuvanesh Puri
    December 20, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I agree with your analysis. Disney bought this franchise only because they knew their core audience (kids basically) are ripe for Star Wars - it had all the necessary ingredients - light sabers, flash bang weapons (fantastic toys), cute aliens, a dumbass plot (you have to find the core reactor, create a diversion, and blow up the enemy base/death star/whatever).
    Besides -all the fighting is kid friendly - no blood/gore/dismemberment - this was ideal for Disney.
    An added Bonus was that the lead actors simply cannot act -I think its stipulated in the contract. So you save money by getting unknown/fringe "actors" in the lead - and go laughing all the way to the Bank.
    The result is there for all to see - a childish movie scripted for kids!!!

  14. Adem
    December 19, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Star Wars is also dead to me since it is exactly and really far faraway from the previous Star Wars of George Lucas.

  15. Core Vedine
    December 19, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I have to, somewhat reluctantly, agree with you. I left the cinema not enthralled, not excited, just sorta flat. Thinking what else I could have done with those hours. The characters we just a pastiche of who they could have been! and the villains could be dispatched and left to run home to mummy, by a simple slap in the face. Even Leia seemed to be "having an off day" and Luke was shadow, who in a bad mood seemed more menacing close to the darkside than the Sith, I was left wondering where was Yah Yah Binks (a character I totally hated) as at least it would have given the film some, ney, any character.

    May the marketing be with you.

  16. Sindy
    December 19, 2017 at 2:36 am

    I have been a life long lover of Star wars & all things Star Wars. Even Jar-Jar didn't disturb me, but what Disney have done has ruined Star Wars for me.

  17. Gary Gemmell
    December 19, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Have to agree the new Star Wars is awful
    Style over content like almost everything in life these days!

    If only kids these days knew the joys of the 1970's and 1980's where fun really was fun and not just sitting all day in front of a PS4 Or Xbox console.

    Maybe a few hours in front of a Atari 2600 or weekends at the local Treasure Islamd arcade in Glasgow though lol

  18. Stephen Russell
    December 19, 2017 at 1:39 am

    The Last Jedi was TOO long vs Force Awakens & Force Awakens had the old Star Wars feel to it while Jedi dragged onto TOO long.
    I mean cut some scenes IE 10, 15 min min & reduce show time.
    IE Skywalkers Island, the horse scenes,etc TOOLong.
    Rey & those mirror rocks???
    Princess Gen Leia sequence, cut 4 min there alone.
    Loved the opening sequence with Poe X wing fighter & Dreadnaught
    Then downhill from there & Rose???
    Very lame Star Wars.
    & have never seen any Star Wars models IE TIE Fighter, X Wing, destroyers, Imperial tech , etc.
    in premade scale model form IE 1/72, 1/32 scale sizes for adult fans.
    The Force Awakens & Rogue One were the best Star Wars to date, Jedi had good FX but damn plotline went screwy & some scenes TOO long that should have been editted but enough for storyline.

    Hey Disney beef up Marvel more OK.
    Need Marvel Theme Park too.

  19. Ed
    December 18, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I think I love you! I couldn't agree more.

  20. John Haitch
    December 18, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    When I heard the title was "The Last Jedi" my reaction was "I sure hope so"

  21. PCH
    December 18, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Hah, the fanboy count is high here. I mostly agree with the this rant. Disney fakery is poison to such a great franchise. I mean, I enjoyed 'The Force Awakens', but it paled in comparison to the original trilogy. I also somewhat enjoyed the prequel trilogy, but, again, not as good as the original. I haven't seen this new movie, and won't, until it comes out on video, a long time from now. I absolutely despised 'Rogue One' with the female Bugs Bunny. It was simply boring. Who cares how the plans of the Death Star were gotten. Nobody? A film about the Han Solo backstory MIGHT be OK, depending on how it's written, and who plays the lead character.

    I'm still pissed off that Lucas went and re-mastered the original trilogy. I saw the originals as they came out at the theater, and will always remember how they were. No need for digital upgrading. Piccasso wouldn't have 'upgraded' his oil paintings with acrylics, so why would Lucas upgrade his movies?

  22. Gary
    December 18, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    A long time ago, Star Wars was created by George Lucas as a "Saturday morning" Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers type serial adventure. It was a light, fun, romp of a modern fairy tale adventure that started with "A long Time Ago..." instead of "Once upon a time..."

    It's huge success meant that it had to grow with the audience that grew up on it and that has turned it into something that is the opposite of what it was. It could have continued to be this serial adventure but in resolving the Darth Vader story, it is no longer the light, fun adventure but now a dark, dramatic, who knows what but still in the Star Wars universe.

    It can still be enjoyed but just don't expect it to invoke the same feelings of the original. Different movie for different times.

    • Yavanius
      December 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      George Lucas intended to make a Space movie originally. Then he watched Space Battleship Yamato and his vision changed into becoming a Space opera which spanned into his 6 original movies.

      At some point, he realized he was going to have to pass off the reins as he couldn't keep building it. From a purely logistical point, it's hard to beat Disney...

    • isse
      December 26, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Lucas also used Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces" as a guide in creating his stories. Every good story contains a series of elements in it as identified by Campbell, but as evidenced by the great variety of stories out there, those elements are dressed up, structured and presented uniquely to make each story seem unique. Yet "The Force Awakens" was so similar to "A New Hope." Disney FAIL.

  23. jz peters
    December 18, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    This article is what's lame! No movie is perfect but it's still a great universe to enjoy and I look forward to more movies, novels, and TV series, etc!

    • MaxRebo
      December 18, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      The problem is that in a few years a new Star Wars movie is going to be just about as special and unique as a new episode of The Simpsons. Disney WILL run it into the ground. It's just a matter of time. Then Disney will wait a few years and begin the cycle again.

  24. Josh
    December 18, 2017 at 7:44 am

    It was best left up to the imagination. We have the prequels to tell a sad back story, then a great finishing story that ended with a celebration on Endor. In your mind the future is limitless at that point. I guess the dark side is seductive and Disney saw a cash grab. Great article, very well put

  25. SmithPad
    December 15, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Your basic premise is flawed. You claim that Disney is making movies "apallingly" for the fans, yet their international gross far exceeds that of any mere fanbase.

    I posit that Disney is "apallingly" making Star Wars movies for the masses.

    As a fan since childhood, I was very disappointed with The Force Awakens as an OT "greatest hits" meant to bring in a new generation of not-yet-fans.

    You make a lot of good points, but you need a new starting point.

  26. Tess Gallagher
    December 14, 2017 at 4:52 am

    People get what they deserve. (Totally agreed with OP). Although I want to say that this is why I like to go to movie theaters:

    And if I want to watch teenagers dramas, I watch nickelodeon.

  27. David
    December 13, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Nothing will ever touch the only Star Wars movie without a subtitle. Even Lucas's Director's Cut was hideous.

    I never saw the 6th movie. At that point, I didn't care how Darth Vader came to be what he is. I didn't see the last Star Wars film, but I did read the book. The entire plot was...don't get me started.

  28. jbelkin
    December 13, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Complaining about SW after the last 3 Lucas directed films is like complaining your REd Cross meal after your house burns to the ground. Yes, Lucas was BRILLIANT in creating the SW universe but this is the same guy who after that gave us HOWARD THE DUCK, RADIOLAND, the 3 SW MOVIES, INDIANA JONES CRYSTAL SKULL and RED TAILS (the dullest possible movie that every Hallmark movie outdoes in cinematography and scale - how do you screw up a movie about about greatness and an obvious great visuals of the Tuskegee Airmen?). We needed a feew movies to assure us thta we are not just plowing straight into another green screen iceberg. MISSION ACCMPLISHED. Professional storytellers directed by professionals and acted by professionals. If you don't understand this, you don't understand because you grew up on the original Star Wars (not Star Wars: A New Hope Special, Special Edition #4). You don't get it - that's fine but SHUT UP. You are wrong because you don't understand. Just as when McD used to cook your burger when you ordered it - GREAT FREAKIN' BURGER - now just heatlamp round disc.

    • Vale
      December 31, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Does anybody know what this guy said?

  29. David Martchouk
    December 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    ? Ecclesiastes 1:9 ? What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

    Even the scriptures prophesied rehashes, this not only includes entertainment, but everything.

  30. smoss
    December 12, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I think this series is a good example of how Movies are dying while TV is thriving. I don't want BIG for big's sake; I want quality and good stories that draw me in. These last two are hard to keep track of what actually matters. (I did fall asleep during the 2nd one)

    What this series needs:
    R rated grit. Not nudity and cusing, but something to worry over during the film.
    Top of the line sword play and fighting.
    Someone important dying.
    A suspenseful development where the hero is not going to save the day.
    And finally, Humor (as the author put it). Something to take that knott in your stomach from all the suspense and turn it into laughter.

    What it does not need
    More CGI
    More than 4 main people (+their side kicks)
    Anything that kids under 10 will be excited about.

  31. earl
    December 12, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    The first three films (4, 5 and 6, I think), especially the first two. The second three films (1, 2 and 3) were excruciating... Lucas cannot make a movie. Doubtless he's a technical genius but he needs Spielberg to add the charm, intelligence and humor that made 4, 5 and 6 great. I watched 7, somewhat entertaining but definitely a JJ Abrams film. I get the impression that Spielberg knew when to quit.

    • earl
      December 12, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      "especially the first two, were brilliant cinema."

    • Doc
      December 12, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      George Lucas, Irvin Kirshner, and Richard Marquand were the directors of Episodes IV, V, and VI, respectively. Spielberg directed Raiders of the Lost Ark. So, your argument that Spielberg made the Original Trilogy great holds no water whatsoever.

  32. Daniel Zehner
    December 12, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    It's a freakin' movie franchise for goodness sakes. Watch it and enjoy it, or don't. Don't over analyze it. The minute you start dissecting Star Wars is when it stops becoming fun and magical and just becomes "something you have to watch."

    • patrick
      December 17, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      your opinion is worthless.

      • Pablo
        December 17, 2017 at 4:08 pm

        Yours too

        • Guillermo Lahera
          January 7, 2018 at 8:59 pm

          Only Daniel and Pablo's opinion's are worthless for defending the sexist racist feminist propaganda of Disney wars as anything but garbage.

  33. dragonmouth
    December 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Boy, are you slow on the uptake! It only took you this long to realize that most movies and TV shows are recycled, regurgitated and/or rewarmed?!

    While you are kvetching, don't stop at Star Wars. For at least the last 60 years, it has been TV and movie makers' mantra that "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing". IOW, if some concept or idea works, it will be run into the ground and then some. Why do you think we've had years when all you saw on TV was doctor shows, or lawyers shows, or cop shows? Why do you think Freddie Kruger and Jason have made so many reappearances? Why was the original Jaws movie followed by so many schlock ones? ETC. ETC. ETC.

    It is for two main reasons.
    1) Because it makes money. Star Wars movies (and other franchise movies) will continue to be made until the studio loses its proverbial shirt on one. Then they will find another idea to beat to death.
    2) Studio executives are afraid of taking a risk on a new idea so they keep recycling old ones. Two of the most successful shows of all time, Star Trek and MASH, almost did not make it past their first couple of seasons. In fact, the studio stuck a fork into Star Trek and cancelled it. Only an overwhelming letter writing campaign by its fans convinced the execs to renew it for at least one more season. MASH teetered on the brink for a while, too.

  34. deft
    December 12, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Lol, they don't. Glad to see all these eu garbage's gone. Episode vii was good, and viii will be greater. New stuff like, aftermath triology great to read.

  35. Bruce Arkwright
    December 12, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    There are many stories to tell! Look at the all fanbase books that are made on Star Wars theme. Rogue one was good, didn't need to developed characters, they all died in the end, yet there is 'hope'...
    I can't tell if you're a Star Wars snob or pessimist?

    • Guillermo Lahera
      January 7, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Rogue one feels nothing like the 2 new trilogy movies. They didn't have a team of entirely old feminist women write that one clearly. Honestly the Last Jedi is Sexist, racist, and offensive.