Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Unpopular Opinions: Star Wars

Since last year I’ve been slowly working my way through the Star Wars universe in chronological order. I just watched Solo, so Rebels is next on my list. Watching the story like this has given me an appreciation for Star Wars that I hadn’t felt in a while. But as I watched Clone Wars, I felt it coming back. In honor of the love we have for Star Wars, I wanted to share a few potentially unpopular opinions. 

Prequel trilogy is good

I’m not sure where the idea came from that the prequel trilogy was sub-par. We knew it’d have a tragic end, as it’s established as the prequel to everything that happened to Luke, Han, and Leia. Maybe it’s the nostalgia I hold from seeing these movies in theaters with my dad and brothers, but I was excited for each movie to come out and I genuinely enjoyed them.

Sequel trilogy isn't that bad

When Disney announced they had acquired Star Wars and were going to start a sequel trilogy, I was as excited as anyone. When I went to see The Force Awakens, I was excited to see the return of classic characters and new characters interacting with them. Like any sequel, it was never going to be perfect, but I liked it. I’ll admit that the overarching story of the sequel trilogy didn’t really mesh well as a trilogy. However, as three individual movies, I still liked them. Even went to see The Last Jedi for my bachelor party.

Disney didn’t ruin Star Wars

People will complain that Disney ruined the Star Wars franchise. But for those who don’t have the time or the access to read all the books, Disney saved Star Wars. At least as far as content is concerned. Before Disney, there were six movies and an incomplete Clone Wars series. Even if you don’t like the sequel trilogy, if it weren’t for Disney, we wouldn’t have any continued Star Wars content. Because of Disney, we have The Mandalorian, The Bad Batch, Rogue One, and other fan favorites. Also, we wouldn't have Galaxy's Edge at Disney Parks.

The Mandalorian Season 1 was too slow

Now speaking of fan favorites, I really struggled with The Mandalorian, at least during season 1. It was the nature of the old west-ish vibe they did, I think, but the series moved slowly. Maybe it’s like how I didn’t care for much of the Netflix Marvel series… it’s kind of hard to watch a 13 hour movie (or 8 hour movie in the case of Mando). Then again, I enjoyed season 2. And that was before I even knew Ahsoka or Bo-Katan. Maybe I’ll enjoy season 1 more when I rewatch it.

The Clone Wars was too complicated

I’m not sure what Cartoon Network exactly had in mind when they started this series. In true Star Wars fashion, episodes were not aired in chronological order. This made it really hard to watch in some ways (I had to keep close tabs on the order of episodes closely). There were also so many moving parts in the series with countless Jedi, Sith, Republic, and Separatist forces. If I ever watch this show again, I’m going to just pick one character and watch their story (there’s a good chance I’ll do this with Ahsoka before her series airs).

At the risk of inciting controversy, put your Star Wars unpopular opinion in the comments. May the force be with you.

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