A ‘Forceful’ Plea: Star Wars Fan Strikes Back

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Months of anticipating–heck years–have led to this moment. Lightsabers are ignited, theories are debated, even the most cynical feel like children again and the force is with all. Lightspeed is turned up as the day gets closer and closer. A story that has spanned generations is about to come to an end, and not just any story, no, this is Star Wars.

Sadly, though the feeling that once came with a new Star Wars movie hasn’t felt the same. I’ll never forget seeing my first Star Wars film in theaters. Sadly, I wasn’t alive for the original trilogy that changed cinema and took the world by storm.

I wasn’t even a significant fan when the prequels trilogy came out at the start of the 21st century. My first experience was on December 18, 2015, the release of episode 7, “The Force Awakens.” I sat there stunned with my jaw on the floor from the moment John William’s iconic Star Wars theme song played and I was transported to a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.

Now I don’t want to get into the movie itself because, though I enjoyed the film, there are a healthy number of fans who disliked this new take on the saga. The one thing that was clear though from the record-breaking opening weekend is that Star Wars was back and possibly bigger than ever.

Flash forward four years since that day and we have gotten a total of three more (and one on the way) Star Wars films with 6 more planned in the coming years and at least three TV Shows.

Therein lies the problem, I believe, to be a Star Wars overload.

“Star Wars” (or “A New Hope”) came out in 1977. After Luke blew up the Death Star the audience had to wait another three years to see Luke face Darth Vader in the 1980’s sequel “The Empire Strikes Back.”  Then once again after learning that “No, I am your father!” there was another three-year wait until the conclusion of the trilogy in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.”

The same can be said for the prequel trilogy staring in 1999 and ending in 2005. There was a three-year gap in-between each film making each one feel more special. Now ever since Disney took over Star Wars we get a trilogy movie ever other year with The Force Awakens coming out in 2015, The Last Jedi in 2017 and this year’s Rise of Sky Walker in 2019. Not only that but we also get a spin-off movie in between those films like 2016’s Rogue One, and last year’s Solo.

The filmmakers I believe have forgotten what kind of movies Star Wars are. They aren’t supposed to be some cash cow they can just milk every year for another couple million. The reason it has endured for as long as it has (which is over 40 years) is because it has always been treated as an event, something special, something no other movie can make you feel.

For the past three years, I’ve gone to a Star Wars movie and it feels as though I’m just going to see any other movie.  That shouldn’t be the case.

I’m not wanting Disney to stop making Star Wars movies. These past few years have been great to be a fan because we’ve had nothing but new things to discuss and theorize about, but as the saying goes, its quality over quantity.

I have a terrible fear that 10 years from now the public will reject Star Wars because it has become overdone. I don’t want to live in that world. 60 years from now I want to be able to tell my Grandchildren that I was able to grow up with the greatest age of Star Wars in history. I want to be able to frame my Force awakens ticket proudly (which yes, I still have).

Star Wars needs to live on forever to remind generations to come how special films are.

After the saga comes to an end this year, Star Wars needs a much-deserved rest. They need to give fans time to get their collector’s edition box sets of movies and reflect on this new trilogy.

Either way, I still believe in the Force. I still plan to bring my Lego Millennium Falcon with me to college because I still love and always will love Star Wars.