Star Wars

I first encountered the Star Wars franchise in the early ’90s, by which point I was already a huge fan of Star Trek! I recall being underwhelmed on first viewing the Original 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 wasn’t a big fan of the prequel trilogy when those films came out between 1999 and 2005. Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 I’ve had mixed feelings. Some projects have been outstanding, others rely far too heavily on nostalgia for the originals. 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 this page you’ll find an archive of my posts about the Star Wars franchise.

Star Wars needs to move on

“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

It’s do-or-die time for Star Wars

“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

A “Mandalorian” Hot Take

“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