The Watchman

The Rise of Skywalker - fan service or forced apology?

January 01, 2020 The Watchman
The Watchman
The Rise of Skywalker - fan service or forced apology?
Show Notes

You can’t do a #movie review about #StarWars #TheRiseOfSkywalker without talking about The Last Jedi, for it is here that a major disturbance in the Star Wars fanbase was fully realised.

When older fans expressed their dislike for it, it was a shock to hear some people say that Star Wars was no longer for a particular generation and that it was time to grow up and move on. Because Star Wars, has always been for everyone.

After The Last Jedi came out people were split down the middle, they either loved it or utterly hated it. There was all this talk of social justice, inclusion, diversity, entitled feminism and “toxic fandom”. Suddenly Star Wars wasn’t for everyone at all, it had turned into a politicised mess and the arguments raged across social media.

Sure, fans had squabbled in the past that prequel trilogy could have been a lot better. They came to terms with George Lucas’ obsessive tinkering, where the ghastly 90s CGI he dumped all over the original trilogy did not date nearly as well as the old practical effects. However, these minor gripes had minimal effect on the harmony between people united by a mutual love for the franchise.

Star Wars these days is a long way from humble beginnings as a kid's movie about a ragtag bunch of democratic rebels taking on the dictatorial might of an ambitious Empire.

Star Wars and Disney are the Empire.

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