The Rise of Skywalker - Just some Thoughts
First off I am going to have to preface this with a bit of serious talk. I haven't liked discussing Star Wars - or Doctor Who - or Star Trek - (and I am very concerned about Lord of the Rings with the up and coming Amazon Prime series) on the internet due to the fact that I am usually accused of being on 'the wrong side' of the fence.
It gets trying being referred to as a Toxic Fanboy, and a Misogynist.
Seriously. Getting off Twitter was one of the best things I ever did.
After awhile the negativity starts to grind you down. You start not enjoy that which you enjoyed anymore because it's only ever negative press.
Which is why, I don't want to talk too negatively here - to me, Star Wars has always, fundamentally been about hope.
Star Wars - at its core - is a Space Opera about a Family: The Skywalkers.
You can say it's about the Jedi, the Sith, the Empire, the Republic, the Force, and everything in between - but - the MOVIES - at their core - are a Space Opera that follow the Skywalkers.
And I LOVE Space Opera and more importantly, I love Space Opera that follows a family line. Therefore, Star Wars is the type of genre I adore.
Now I'm not saying you can't expand the Star Wars universe outside of the Skywalkers - you obviously can - but the movies themselves, from the Prequels, the Originals, and the Disney Era Sequels should technically have had a subtitle in my opinion "The Skywalker Saga."
I'm sorry. I cannot see it as anything else.
It's The Skywalker Saga.
This is why I was so excited when The Force Awakens came out. Yes. I knew Disney had stupidly ditched the Expanded Universe Books (STUPID, STUPID, STUPID) but I had hope in my heart that we'd get Princess Leia and Han Solo's kids, Luke and his chaotic awesomeness, and gosh I really wanted to see Mara Jade on big screen.
Princess Leia and Han Solo - my favorite couple in the UNIVERSE - broke up. THEY FREAKING BROKE UP. YOU BROKE UP MY FAVOURITE COUPLE. NO. NO. NO.