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Okay, I’ve got to discuss this. It’s been on my mind for years now, and the more I hear about the upcoming Star Wars films, the more disheartened I become. Every soon-to-be film is nothing but a spin-off or sequel of the originals. Hell, episode 7 was a repackaged episode 4.
Don’t get me wrong. I loved episode 7. I did. The reason, on the other hand, is an issue. I’m pretty sure I loved it just because it was Star Wars. I love the universe. I love the concept, from the setting to the Jedi and Sith. I will say the movie itself, if you take everything out, was incredible! Not what you expected? Well hear me out. The issue is that Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope exists. If it didn’t, Episode 7 would deserve a place in cinematic history. But alas, it does exist, making Episode 7 a point by point rehash of it. Sure, there were new characters, a reunion of others, etc, but the storyline itself was identical. I’ll let the already great breakdown here show you what I mean.
So now we have Rogue One coming out soon and Episode 8 not long after. I’m not trying to complain really. A rehash is better than no new movie, and I get why they did it. It’s a risk to introduce truly new aspects of the story the fans haven’t seen, but they need to understand that the joy of experiencing Star Wars again will only hold fans for so long.
There Is So Much More
Star Wars has so many incredible stories just itching to come to life. One great example is the SWTOR game. The cinematics alone show how incredible a movie like that can be. I mean seriously. Take just a few minutes to watch the trailer below:
Now tell me you wouldn’t love to see a movie like that. Oh, you would? Of course you would! It’s badass! A world filled with Jedi and Sith alike. How could that not be cool?! Sure, it was the downfall of the sith that caused the rule of two to take effect, but seeing that play out would be unparalleled.
The Sith Are Amazingly Interesting
Speaking of the Sith, there are so many stories they could delve into! I know it won’t happen with Disney owning the label, but imagine a rated R movie on Darth Plagueis or any number of famous Sith. A story that truly delves into the incredible depth of the Sith would be something to behold.
Simply put, the Sith are some of the most interesting bad guys in fiction, yet as of now, the movies have barely touched on them, and J.J. Abrams seems content to do away with them entirely (Knights of Ren! Ugh!).
What Do you think?
So what do you think? Am I simply being nit picky? Is Disney smart to play it safe by continuing the series, or should they seriously look to other stories they have right at their finger tips? Let me know in the comments.