There has been a ton of hype and speculation about Episode IX lately, especially the last couple of weeks.
The most recent hype has come from Billie Lourd, daughter of actress Carrie Fisher. She has been in the newest trilogy from the beginning, playing Lieutenant Connix.
She, just like her mother, is a talented actress. Billie recently was quoted as saying this about Episode IX:
“I gotta watch myself because the Star Wars PD is going to come get me, but it is incredible. I’ve read the script and I’ve been on set. I was on set for, like, three weeks back in September, and it is going to be magical.”
She might be right. Unfortunately, it’s too little, too late. At least for The Digital Worm. Our hopes and dreams were battered and beaten with the prequels and the newest trilogy has put the final nails into our fanboy coffin. Here’s why.
I don’t even know where to start. Actually, yes I do.
For us, it all starts with a girl who can use the force without even knowing what it is. An ability that took one of the most powerful Jedi of all time, Luke Skywalker, nearly two years to master.
For someone else, it all starts with Jar Jar Binks. Or it all starts with Hayden Christiansen.
For everyone who fell in love with the story during the original trilogy, hope was lost somewhere along the line. It’s no one person’s fault. Fanboys and fangirls have always had their own views on things and get upset when something happens that isn’t what they wanted to see.
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However, there are just some things you can’t and shouldn’t do. The Jedi were a powerful group of warrior monks. The Force wasn’t something that people knew. It wasn’t like putting on socks in the morning. Or eating breakfast. Or <insert mundane morning task here>. It required education and training, as well as natural, inborn talent.
Every time someone adds a power or an ability to Jedi canon without explaining something, it tears at the fibers of the universe as a whole. The prequels actually did a fantastic job of keeping to the original canon of the Jedi. But then again, George Lucas was behind those films.
The new trilogy has writers and directors making shit up as they go along. As they feel like it. Jamming in things wherever they think it’s appropriate.
Star Wars is Not a Love Story
Sure, Luke and Leia had their weird, awkward thing. And then Han and Leia were a thing. Padme and Anakin were, of course, a thing.
Babies gotta get made somehow. But Star Wars but never about that. It was a much larger beast, filled with layers upon layers of storytelling, with different flavors and styles mixed in.
It’s not that romance shouldn’t be included. However, it definitely should not be a focus.
I get the feeling like we’re going to see much more romance in the next film. Which you guys will have to tell me about when it comes out because I won’t be seeing it. I had no intention of seeing Episode VIII either, but a friend talked me into it and I’ve regretted the decision ever since.
Lack of Originality
Episode VII must have been really easy to make. It was
- Pick up copy of A New Hope
- Blow dust off copy
- Hand into Disney and cast members
It was just a rehash of what we’ve already seen. The next movie really wasn’t any different. Nothing new is going on here, except for some of the things mentioned in this article. None of which are good.
George Lucas Would Not Have Killed Luke Like That
First of all, very few Jedi could ever create illusions. And they sure as shit couldn’t do it from across the galaxy. Real storytellers give their characters and magic properties limitations. Without them, everyone becomes Superman. Invincible. Indestructible. And boring.
This is exactly what was done with Luke Skywalker. He essentially overdosed on The Force after not using it for a long time.
Luke would never stop using The Force. He believed in it. He trusted it. It guided him. This newest iteration of the story destroyed everything we knew about The Force, which is bad storytelling. Period.
Wrapping It Up
We’re tired of the hype. This is the first post we’re making about Star Wars and it will be the last.
We will not be writing about the shows coming to Disney+ or future movies. There are so many projects out there with a ton of interesting stories and speculations, especially in the MCU. We have no reason to cover a story that, for lack of a better phrase, is completely dead to us.
For the creators at Disney and everyone spending money at theatres, good luck and may The Force be with you.
You’ll need it.