Imagination Connoisseur, Phil Anastacio, has a hard time believing Star Wars fans want their beloved franchise to fail. Why? Could it be they just love Star Wars too much?
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all!!!
This letter is in response to the sentiment that some fans want Star Wars to fail.
I’m well into adulthood, not quite with one foot in the grave, and a life long Star Wars fan. I saw Star Wars for the first time with my Aunt, in 1977, when I was 5 yrs old. I had the action figures and the bed sheets. I was C3PO and Yoda for several Halloweens, The walls of my bedroom were full of Star Wars posters. I even wore the Underoos.
I think you get my point.
I saw the last 3 films and didn’t really care for them, but I wanted to love them.
I was pleasantly surprised to have liked THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. But I didn’t love it.
Just like in THE FORCE AWAKENS and THE LAST JEDI, it had nonsensical characters, like that strange creature in the beginning of the movie that was on the Millennium Falcon. That creature didn’t add to the story, I actually found it confusing and distracting, wondering why was it there.
The film also had the typical J. J. Abrams use of special effects that, while they may have looked cool, didn’t add to the story telling and broke away from Star Wars lore and technology.
For example, the Millennium Falcon’s lightspeed skipping, Rey and Kylo’s ability to “force pull” and prevent space craft from flying away as well as their ability to reach through time and space; where Kylo takes Rey’s necklace and Rey is able to give Kylo a light saber.
The latter were simply plot devices to make up for Abrams’s and his staff’s poor writing.
The lightspeed skipping made me think of your expression of something making your gums bleed, well seeing that made my eyes bleed. That was a pure J. J. Abrams visual…looked cool, little substance.
During the movie, I heard a kid, he was about 8 or 9 years old, whisper to his father; I didn’t know Jedi could do those things. He was referring to the force pulling and space/time manipulation. His father responded, in a disillusioned voice, neither did I.
I think fans are just that, they are disillusioned and frustrated. They are pissed off that their beloved Star Wars is being handled and treated this way, particularly by those in charge.
While Rian Johnson may have ruined the trilogy, I believe he has talent. Star Wars just wasn’t the right medium for him to express his kind of talent. Unfortunately, those in charge of hiring him didn’t recognize that.
What may anger fans is J. J. Abrams, He appears to be very smug and arrogant with his approach towards Star Wars and Star Trek for that matter.
He may have talent, but all he does is make movies for already established properties. There’s very little creativity and thought in that. Frankly, I think he’s a hack, and a very lucky one at that.
With all that said, I think the fans’ feelings have been hurt, they love Star Wars.
I don’t think fans want Star Wars to fail per se, I think some fans want J. J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy to fail and unfortunately, in their minds, that means that Star Wars has to falter.
This may not make sense, but since when does love make sense?
– Phil Anastacio, a.k.a Marso