Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Force A-shaken

As you know, I enjoyed Star Wars: The Force Awakens quite a bit. I think it's a bold start to the new era of the franchise, and I'm excited to see where things go next. (And clearly I'm not alone based on the box office records that continue to fall.) That said, there's one teeny little aspect of the Star Wars revival that's always bothered me just a bit.

Going back to when it was first announced back in 2012, I knew we'd lose the closure offered by Return of the Jedi. The happy ending as the heroes defeated the baddies would now be lost to us forever. Here's io9's Rob Bricken, echoing my thoughts (minor spoilers, I suppose, so be aware before clicking past the jump):

I hate knowing that despite all the work they did, despite the conflicts they overcame, despite their many losses they suffered already, that their miseries were just beginning. I hate the idea that whenever I watch Leia and Han kiss in Empire Strikes Back from now on, I’ll know that in a few years their son will have murdered the students of Luke’s Jedi Academy, and their romance will end in pain. I hate the idea of when I see Luke save his father Anakin in Return of the Jedi, and finally bring balance to the Force, that I’ll always know that only failure and heartache await him.
Bricken goes on to say that while he certainly gets why this needed to be the case, it doesn't make the bittersweetness of that loss anymore pronounced. That's the trade-off for getting perpetual Star Wars adventures from now until the end of creation. Read the rest here.

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