Star Wars will forever hold a very special place in my heart. With that being said, Episode 9 is set to release on December 20 and I am extremely excited, or at least I was. I loved The Force Awakens and I loved The Last Jedi, so naturally Episode 9 was my second most anticipated film of 2019 right after Avengers: Endgame. But now I don't even know if I want to see it. A potentially great film to end a great trilogy and an even greater saga could be ruined.
Who's to blame? Disney, or the guy everyone's quick to point a finger at in Rian Johnson? Well it's no ones fault except for the fan base.
Episode 9 was meant to be epic. From the day The Force Awakens released, Episode 9 was destined for greatness. However, there has been a ton of backlash over The Last Jedi. Now a potentially great Star Wars film can be ruined.
I loved The Force Awakens and it was a lot more popular among fans, but there are some that hated it (which is completely fine). A lot of people complained that it wasn't very original, and to be fair it wasn't. The Force Awakens borrowed heavily from A New Hope, but it made a ton of money and received mainly positive reviews. However, The Last Jedi received major backlash and the main complaint was that it was too original.
You can listen to those people try to tell you otherwise. They can try to give you other reasons, but the problem people had was that it was too original. The Last Jedi does take parts of The Empire Strikes Back (it's the 9th episode what do you expect), but it does take a lot of risks. Rather you loved it or hated it (which is fine) there is no denying that this was a very ambitious film. Rian Johnson took the Star Wars universe to places we had never seen before. He showed us characters in a way we had never seen them before, and I loved that.
Unfortunately a lot of fans didn't (which is fine). Everyone screamed for originality, but when it's handed to them on a silver platter what happens? They scream once more, but this time they screamed because it was in fact too original. This isn't Star Wars they said. These aren't the characters we know and love the complained, and in doing so potentially ruined Episode 9.
Disney has officially been backed into a corner, and they have very few options. Fans hated The Last Jedi and Solo was a financial flop. Their on the ropes and they've started throwing haymakers. Star Wars can't afford to get hit by one.
Disney already said Episode 9 is going to lean more on nostalgia. However, the final nail in the coffin was when it was reported that Episode 9 was going to work as a course correction for the franchise as well as them feeding into fan service. NOOOOOO!!!!!!!! That's the last thing I wanted, and the last thing the franchise needs.
This is exactly what happened with the prequel trilogy, and we saw how that turned out. I'm not saying those film were terribly (I loved Revenge of the Sith), but there is no denying that they had their flaws. At the end of the day I don't want to see Return Of The Jedi, but that's what we might get.
Disney's a business and their job is to make money, so giving the fans what they want is almost a guarantee.
I'm almost 100% sure that the entire trilogy was planned out before The Force Awakens even started shooting, but they might throw that all out of the window to please the fans.
There going to pick up Rey's parents again, except this time there going to reveal her dad to be Luke Skywalker. Snoke is going to be revealed to be Darth Maul ( how I don't know, but it's what the people want). Then there going to have Luke comeback as the happy hero people want him to be. With one stroke of his lifesaber he's going to destroy the entire First Order ( because it's what the people want). Then Kylo Ren's going to find the light and become happy Ben Solo again. In the end Han Solo's going to pick everyone up in the Millennium Falcon and their all going to fly off and live happily ever after, but not before Darth Vader returns to fight Darth Maul (disguised as Snoke). Why you ask because it's what the fans want. This Star Wars movie doesn't sound that great you say. Well because it doesn't, but hey it's what the fans complained for so it's what their going to get.
I hope Disney sticks to the plan. I hope they don't change the story to better fit the fans needs. I hope they stick with the story they've been telling. I hope they don't give us the Star Wars movie people want, but give us the one we deserve.
© 2019 Royce Proctor
Bert on May 13, 2019:
"The Last Jedi received major backlash and the main complaint was that it was too original"
"I'm almost 100% sure that the entire trilogy was planned out before The Force Awakens even started shooting"
You're wrong on both of those comments. There was planned out trilogy, JJ Abrams has even recently admitted this.
The major complaint that everyone had with Last Jedi was that it threw out all of the questions raised by The Force Awakens.