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.
“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…”
“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…”
“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…”
“I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from a game described as a ‘linear, story-driven, action-adventure’ title, and from a gameplay perspective Jedi: Fallen Order was more or less what I was expecting…”
“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…”
“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…”
“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…”
“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…”
“Disney and Lucasfilm went about writing this trilogy in the worst possible way. They brought in three different writers and directors and each was essentially given free rein to tell whatever story they wanted, regardless of how well it worked as one part of a larger overall story…”
“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.”
“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.”
“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…”
“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…”