With apologies to sci-fi fans everywhere for this post’s blasphemous title…
I was watching the new trailers and TV spots for Solo: A Star Wars Story, and I realized something: I’m not excited for the movie. At all. I’d go so far as to say that I’m actually apathetic. Because while it looks like a Star Wars movie, it still doesn’t feel like a Star Wars movie. And the more I think about it, the more I realize that The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi didn’t feel like Star Wars movies either. They all felt like Star Wars fan fiction put to screen (I’ll leave the debate as to the quality of said fanfics for another post). The first act of Rogue One didn’t fell like Star Wars either, but the film redeemed itself by the climax, and I maintain that the Battle of Scarif is what the Battle of Endor should have been from the start. I can’t comment on the Rebels TV show as we don’t have Disney XD and I haven’t seen a single episode.
Much as it pains me to admit this, I’m not happy with what Disney has done, is doing, and apparently plans to do with the franchise. I was hoping that they were going to pull a Marvel, respect the franchise, respect the legacy, respect the fans, and create an awesome cinematic universe. But it feels to me like they’re not doing that, and that they see the franchise as nothing more than a cash cow to be milked until it’s dried up and dead. So I find myself not at all looking forward to Solo, Episode IX, the future spin-off films, and I’m not planning on visiting either the new Galaxy’s Edge area in Disney World or the new Star Wars-themed hotel.
You probably think, after reading all that, that I hate Star Wars now.
I LOVE Star Wars. I still love the Original Trilogy, and I still plan on joining the 501st Legion soon (hopefully after meeting the local chapter at a local comic con next month). But how can I love Star Wars if I hate what Disney’s done with it and don’t care about the future?
Because when I plug in any of the original movies, I’m a nine year-old kid all over again. I still feel that sense of awe watching that Star Destroyer fly overhead in the opening shot of A New Hope. I still find myself on the edge of my seat watching Luke fly down the Death Star Trench with only seconds left before the battle station obliterates the rebel base, even though I’ve watched that scene over a hundred times now. I still get goosebumps watching Yoda lift the X-Wing out of the swamp. I still get chills when Darth Vader says The Line (you know what I’m talking about, and if you don’t stop what you’re doing and watch The Empire Strikes Back immediately!) I still cheer when Luke and friends turn the tables on Jabba the Hutt over the Sarlacc Pit, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I still tear up a little when Anakin Skywalker redeems himself and sacrifices himself for his son.
And NOTHING that Disney does with or to the franchise can EVER take that, any of it, away from me.