Star Wars, you’re breaking my heart
December 19, 2016
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I’m sorry, Star Wars, but you’re breaking my heart.
You gave me so much. You gave me Princess Leia’s wonderful hair and sass. You gave me lightsabers and epic fights. You gave me the incredibleness that is Darth Vader. You gave me TIE fighters, Luke Skywalker, droids, breathtaking planets and a little, dorky bounty hunter known as Boba Fett. And we can’t forget the goddess called Captain Phasma.
But, for all of these virtues, you have too many vices now that Disney has taken your renowned galactic reins. I’ve never really been a fan of Disney, and I’m certainly no fan of what they’re doing to you now. Now, my dear Star Wars, let me list the ways that Disney has soiled the cloak of your magnificence.
First of all, Disney has sadly neglected the many worthy women who have made themselves a part of the Star Wars world. No, Disney, Rey is NOT the best or only capable woman in the Star Wars universe. Disney, have you forgotten Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano, Asajj Ventress or any of the other amazing ladies that reside in this galaxy? I know, you want to empower little girls, but these little girls have so many wonderful role models (and anti-role models, if we’re talking about lady villains) already. Why not shower ALL of the women in this galaxy with love instead of pretending they don’t exist and replacing them with a single inferior character?
Second, Disney has taken away a lot of the essence of Star Wars and replaced it with its own brand of ‘magic.’ Star Wars is shockingly graphic at times, and I’ve always admired its refusal to shield its viewers from the true horror of war and violence. But somehow, with the arrival of The Force Awakens, Star Wars’ bold, honest essence seems softened now. Gone are the heart-rending images of fallen X-wing pilots, the infamous severed arms, the real sense of death and loss. And what has replaced these essential elements of the Star Wars franchise? Humor, fewer ‘good guy’ deaths,’ and no real sense of loss at all. In wars, everyone dies, even the ‘good guys.’ Why are you so afraid of showing that, Disney? ‘Wars’ is part of this franchise’s name, after all. (Although if the Internet spoilers are correct, it seems that Rogue One might provide a solution to this woe.)
Also, we can’t forget about the tragedy that is Kylo Ren. Seriously, Disney? Kylo Ren comes across more like an angsty teenager starting his emo phase rather than someone I can genuinely respect and fear. Nobody can touch Darth Vader, that’s true, and developing a villain over the course of a trilogy is a laudable idea. But why did you have to make Kylo Ren so whiny, so silly? I can’t take him seriously, and I think many fans would agree with me. I’m disappointed in you, Disney, especially given the legacy of awe-inspiring villains that Star Wars has gifted us with.
I know there’s still potential left in your new era, Star Wars. I want better for you and for your fans. But I’m worried about what Disney will do with you. You may find my lack of faith disturbing, but I’ve got a good reason not to trust the Force now. Perhaps I might be proven wrong, and the new few years could offer us some of the best movies you’ve ever given us. But for now, I’ll be waiting, filled with dread as I slowly watch your strange new colors unfurl and wrap every corner of the galaxy in your Disneyfied glow.