Star Wars and their New Direction

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         We all grew up with the first three famous Star Wars movies, “A New Hope”, “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”. These were George Lucas’ famous films outside of the Indiana Jones movies. Then later came the Star Wars movie prequels and you had some fans that had issues with the acting or dialogue. I find that to be minor issues compared to what the new movies are showing. If some fans paid attention to the story, those six movies plus the comics, books and the Clone Wars cartoon expanded on the Star Wars lore. We learned so much about the force and how everything works in the Star Wars universe. It wasn’t until Disney bought the rights and decided to make more Star Wars movies that the story is now different. It all began with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and especially with “The Last Jedi”. It was Episode VIII that really changed what Star Wars used to be with some of the reveals that it had.

       It came to some fans realization that Star Wars was no longer what George Lucas had created and what fans all grew to love. George Lucas mentioned in an interview that the first six Star Wars films were about Anakin Skywalker and that he was the “Chosen One”. What was disappointing from the last Star Wars film called “The Last Jedi” is from a scene between Luke Skywalker and Rey. In that scene, Rey hands Luke his father’s lightsaber and Luke’s reaction was to toss it over his shoulders as it means nothing. It doesn’t make any sense if you take into consideration what Luke was trying to do in the original trilogy. Luke was able to redeem his father Anakin into coming back into the light, hence the title of the movie “Return of the Jedi”, Luke has no hope in Kylo Ren being redeemed when Darth Vader was hundred times worse.

      Disney also hyped the “The Last Jedi” by saying that the new trilogy continues the Skywalker family story but that’s not the way it went with “The Last Jedi”. A lot of fans were expecting to see the Luke from the previous films but that’s not the Luke we got, instead we saw a weaker version of Luke with no hope of redeeming his nephew. This goes against what Luke was trying to achieve in the previous films with his father and everything that he went through in the Legends stories. Even Mark Hamill himself has been quoted to have said that he “fundamentally disagrees with everything about Luke in the Last Jedi film”. He has recently said how he doesn’t care about returning as Luke Skywalker, that speaks volumes about where the new Star Wars is going. The biggest problem that Disney has with Star Wars is with the different directors that the films so far has had. “The Force Awaken” was written and directed by J.J. Abrams and “The Last Jedi” was written and directed by Rian Johnson.

      It seems like J.J. Abrams had a particular story arc he was aiming for the three films but this was changed once Rian Johnson took over for “The Last Jedi”. Especially when it comes to who Rey is and who her parents could be. With “The Force Awakens” you see many elements that can point Rey to being related to one of the Skywalkers or even being related to Obi Wan somehow but in “The Last Jedi”, they made her a Mary-Sue which angered many fans. Now J.J. Abrams is coming back for Episode IX, we’ll just have to wait and see what direction he goes as far as explaining more about Rey. There’s even the issue with Snoke, who was hyped to being more powerful than Palpatine but yet gets killed in “The Last Jedi” by Kylo Ren with ease. Again Disney hyped Snoke into being this badass villain but does nothing with him. The new direction that Disney is taking Star Wars has made many fans lose hope on the franchise because it’s no longer what it used to be. 

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