So, it’s been one week since Star Wars: The Last Jedi came out and divided the fan base across two clear and distinct camps. There are those that loved the movie and can see that it’s a bold new direction that Rion Johnson took with the film.
There are also those that only liked or hated the film. They lament Disney’s ruining of what happened before after Return Of The Jedi, and hold on to those thoughts of Luke and Mara Jade, happily married. And of Jacen and Jaina Solo.
And all those books and comics that kept the franchise alive for the dark times when we had no more movies, nor were we ever going to get more, after the prequels.
To those fans I say..guys you have to let it go. That’s not how it happened anymore, that patchwork canon from one authors idea and then another fills in some more with their books and so on. Those days are done. What we have now is way better than any Star Wars canon before and the reason for that is continuity. It’s so concise now under the watchful eye of Pablo Hidalgo, that everything flows together in one big picture, like how Marvel used to be. But this one is stretched across all forms of media, from the movies, to comics, to novels, video games and cartoon shows. It’s all related and unlike the MCU it really is all connected. How can you not like that?
The books and other media help expand on things, events, and characters that won’t and will never get their time to be developed properly in the films because that isn’t their story.
If you think Boba Fett and Captain Phasma are useless characters because they haven’t done anything onscreen, well then you are absolutely wrong on all counts.
They don’t do much in the movies because they aren’t supposed to, it isn’t their story. They’re minor characters in that story, but in their own stories they are the main characters and get the time needed to develop.
The problem comes from judging Star Wars as a movie series. It is that yes, but it’s so much more. The movies are just a brief glimpse into that world overall. The other material is where it comes to life. If that’s not your thing, if you just want to like the movies, that’s fine too. There are talented people who make YouTube videos explaining and breaking down the bigger story for you so you don’t have to read the novels, play the games or watch the shows.
Going back to just The Last Jedi though, the main problem with the movie is that in the two years since The Force Awakens, people have speculated, a lot, about who Rey’s parents are, who Snoke is, all that stuff. And people wanted to see one of those theories play out in this movie.
They wanted Snoke to deliver a monologue about how he was secretly Darth Plagueis, or Grand Moff Tarkin surviving the Death Star explosion, or (my own theory) he was Ezra from Rebels turned to the dark side. But we didn’t get that, did we? Nope, who’s Snoke? It doesn’t matter who he is. Who are Rey’s parents? Doesn’t matter either. It’s so much better this way, because it moves past the days of the trilogy we grew up watching it lets the past die and we move on to the next story.
People..the fanboys rather, they don’t want that though. They want Luke, Han and the gang doing the same things they always were, fighting The Empire forever, no change, just nostalgia and familiarity. But that’s not life, and that’s not how Star Wars works.
In the end, I saw a meme earlier today, that I’ll share with you now, which I think would have been the only way to satisfy everyone. Have a good night all, and may the force be with you.