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Disney Murders the Star Wars Saga

Tony Trujio, staff writer

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Other examples of this problem was brought up by Samuel Muela (12), who expressed most bitterness with The Last Jedi, and he said, “The movie has too many missed opportunities, such as Captain Phasma and Snoke.”

With Captain Phasma, fans were hoping for a fight between her and Finn but instead we received a twenty second scene that was interrupted by an explosion. Snoke in my opinion had it worse though. He was a villain and his origin and rise to power was never really explained and remained a mystery.

Despite being so pivotal to the story of the newest trilogy, instead of explaining his background the writers simply decided to kill him off. Both of these characters got too little explanation or screen time simply because of bad writing.

Samuel also points out another common complaint which is, like he puts it, “There are too many unnecessary scenes like the casino arc.” This casino story arc he mentions made up about a third of The Last Jedi but it didn’t serve any actual purpose to the movie itself. The story arc also irritated fans further by trying to force social commentary that, yet again, didn’t really add anything to the story and came off as out of place.

Disney overall had one screw up, but does that mean that they are doomed? Definitely not, but I think fans are reasonably worried. The problem with Disney isn’t with The Last Jedi itself, but rather what they seem to be doing with the franchise as a whole. Despite The Last Jedi being poorly received by fans, it still did excellent in the box office and got people talking about Star Wars (like right now)A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Stars Wars was a great series that seemed to always both please and surprise audiences alike but things have changed—Disney got ahold of the franchise.

While Disney’s new trilogy has been critically acclaimed and has had success in the box office (which surprises no one), the older fans appear to have mixed feelings with how they have handled the franchise so far, some even saying that they are ruining Star Wars.

While I don’t think they are “ruining” the franchise, they are clearly making irritating choices with their recent films and in my opinion appear to be milking it as much as they can which can hurt the franchise in the long run.

Spoilers Ahead

First of all, I should elaborate just how spilt up audiences are. On Rotten Tomatoes, The Force Awakens received a 88% and Rogue One received an 87% on audience score, both good and consistent scores overall. However, the most recent film The Last Jedi received an surprisingly bad 49%—it didn’t even get the majority. This makes it obvious that the most recent film has the most problems and is the one that worries fans the most.

Starting with the 49% who liked the film, we have Blake Guzman (12). He said, “The Last Jedi was good but they’re taking away the seriousness that the previous ones had. I especially liked the Kylo Ren scenes because it hints that he’s going to turn to the good side but then has a twist.” He commented that he thinks that Disney simply is trying take Star Wars into a different direction and that he likes change. While this side of the argument is definitely valid, the other side is overwhelmingly louder. The other side expressed many issues ranging from nitpicks to overall complaints.

The most common complaint was that the writers would build up something seemingly grand but have a terrible pay off. One of these is addressed by David Perez (12). He comments, “I think Rey’s revealed backstory in The Last Jedi was a let down considering that in The Force Awakens they hinted at something bigger.”

In The Force Awakens, it was hinted that Rey was somehow involved with the overall story from previous films (many speculated about her parents). For two years people created theories about this until the next movie came out. So what was the big reveal after all? Nothing. In The Last Jedi, we learned that her parents were nobodies—about as flat of a reveal as it gets.

, so what is to stop Disney from continuing this trend? To make things worse, the symptoms of it are already there: the next movie is a Han Solo spinoff film. Who asked for it? Why is it necessary? The truth is that no one asked for it and it’s not necessary, but it still has the Star Wars logo.

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