I first encountered the Star Wars franchise in the early ’90s, at which point I was already a huge fan of Star Trek! I recall being underwhelmed on first viewing the trilogy – at the insistence of a friend – but soon came to appreciate what the films had to offer. Though Star Wars’ space fantasy setting is very different from Star Trek’s take on sci-fi, both franchises have a lot of potential.
I was never a big fan of the prequel films, and since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 I’ve had mixed feelings. Some projects have been outstanding, others really didn’t work for me at all. Generally speaking, I see modern Star Wars as horribly overreliant on its earlier, more successful titles, and I yearn for the franchise to try something even a little bit bold and different.
Regardless, there’s a lot of new Star Wars content to come in the next few years, and I’ll do my best to cover it here on the website!
“I just feel Star Wars could do better. These shows and films are a franchise aiming for a grade C. They’re middle-of-the-road attempts to scrape by, coasting on past success…” Read more Star Wars doubles down HARD
“Luke Skywalker suffering from depression is not what fans wanted or hoped to see, but not only is it an incredibly powerful story, it’s one that many fans needed to see, whether they realised it at the time or not…” Read more In defence of Luke Skywalker
“The campaign has an unusual format in that players are assigned two playable characters, one on each side of the conflict. The main setting is post-Return of the Jedi, looking at the conflict between the remains of the Imperial forces and the New Republic…” Read more Star Wars: Squadrons – First Impressions
“For the franchise to survive long-term and remain viable, it needs to step away from the original trilogy for the first time. New films and shows, whenever they may come, should look at wholly new characters in a setting and even time period that’s distinct from what came before…” Read more Star Wars needs to move on
“After the last session had some interesting story elements, but was let down by frustrating gameplay and a long section that felt like it was simply there to pad the game’s runtime, I was hoping for something different and exciting…”Read more Let’s Play Jedi: Fallen Order – Part 11
“I’ve complained about Jedi: Fallen Order reusing levels and sending Cal back through areas multiple times. And I stand by those criticisms, as they often feel like unnecessary padding. However, this new section managed to feel like unnecessary padding too…”Read more Let’s Play Jedi: Fallen Order – Part 8
“The Star Wars series seemed complete after the prequels were released. I even bought a DVD box-set called something like ‘the complete saga’, so it seemed for years that Star Wars was done and dusted: two amazing films, two okay films, and two crap ones…”Read more Happy (day after) Star Wars Day!
“At one point while I was sitting down to watch The Rise of Skywalker, one of my cats sat in front of the television and proceeded to lick her arsehole… it was by far the most entertainment I got in the entire two-and-a-half hours…”Read more I finally saw The Rise of Skywalker…
“Films are subjective – a film that works for one person doesn’t work for another, and that’s okay. We don’t all enjoy the same things and that’s fine. I’m not for a moment trying to argue that the prequel trilogy is objectively bad, just that it failed to win me over. In my subjective opinion.”Read more Looking back at the Star Wars prequel trilogy
“Pre-release reviews initially seemed to be positive, but now that we’ve hit release day in the United States and other territories around the world, the full picture is coming into view, and it seems as though The Rise of Skywalker is not being particularly well-received.”Read more Reviews for The Rise of Skywalker are mixed
“The problem isn’t that huge numbers of people will stay away. I think that most Star Wars fans, even those who felt that The Last Jedi was a terrible film, will head back to the cinema this time around, if for no other reason than morbid curiosity. At the end of the day, this franchise has been running since 1977, and the first phase of its story is finally coming to a close…”Read more It’s do-or-die time for Star Wars
“For me, the two biggest failures are the decision to bring in Force powers in a series that should’ve tried to move away from that side of Star Wars storytelling, and the fact that the main character is, thus far, a blank slate about whom the audience knows and understands very little…”Read more A “Mandalorian” Hot Take