There’s no query that the previous eigh years of Star Wars have been divisive. Nobody’s going to debate that. Some followers hate the Sequel Trilogy however love The Mandalorian and Rogue One. Some adore The Final Jedi however hate Rise of Skywalker. After which there are a lot that solely like Andor. After which there are individuals like me, who discover a lot to take pleasure in in the entire above.
There are some choices, although, that we are able to all agree didn’t play out how Lucasfilm might have hoped — creatively or financially. These are all issues I hope the studio can be taught from, to hopefully be certain that we proceed to get extra enlargement of the Star Wars franchise for a few years to return. So, let’s depend them down from probably the most innocent to probably the most egregious.
6. The shoddy manufacturing values of Obi-Wan Kenobi
I like this present. I actually do. The primary and final acts specifically, and the way the main target is on Obi-Wan and the constructing journey, particularly all through the primary few episodes. Sadly, I like the present in spite of its typically evident lack of manufacturing worth. It’s absurd to suppose that the present that may carry again Ewen McGregor and Hayden Christensen couldn’t garner some extra behind-the-scenes help — particularly for one thing that had been within the works for this lengthy. However there’s no query it suffers from some subpar manufacturing points.
There are greater than a handful of moments of slapdash CGI, for positive, whether or not it’s Vader’s ship-tearing scene or quite a lot of daytime automobile pictures all through the present. After which there are areas, which might usually really feel both generic, small, or unintentionally claustrophobic.
However the actual perpetrator behind the look of the present isn’t director Deborah Chow or perhaps a lack of cash — it’s the over-reliance on The Quantity. The 360-degree digital soundstage can produce true magic at occasions, of which season three of The Mandalorian has been an instance. However in Obi-Wan Kenobi, an excessive amount of time on The Quantity leads to numerous scenes that simply really feel off. Typically it’s awkward blocking, and different occasions it’s stilted motion that lacks urgency and realism. I don’t know concerning the decision-making behind the overuse of The Quantity, nevertheless it clearly wasn’t pushed as laborious in Andor, which balances location capturing and The Quantity with extra nuance. Hopefully, that’ll proceed to be the case in exhibits transferring ahead.
5. The emblem second
Wanting to capitalize on the success of The Mandalorian (and to neglect concerning the adverse response to The Rise of Skywalker), Lucasfilm got here to Star Wars Celebration 2020 with an agenda. An bold plan that may present the followers simply how critical it was taking the enlargement of this franchise. The flash of logos on the display screen was the climactic second, revealing an thrilling, Marvel-like slate of upcoming exhibits and movies.
It obtained me excited, I’ll admit. The concept that we might have this a lot different content material coming sooner or later felt like we have been in good fingers, and that Lucasfilm knew the place it needed to take Star Wars subsequent. Sadly, it ended up being a bit overly assured. Of the 11 Star Wars logos that graced the slide, solely seven have come to fruition or are at present in energetic growth (to not point out the lack of the Kids of Blood and Bone adaptation). Two exhibits — A Droid Story and Lando — have acquired zero official updates from Lucasfilm since they have been initially introduced.
Pattie Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron damage probably the most, although. She going to be the primary feminine director of a Star Wars movie and there was even a private video of her climbing into an X-Wing directed by none apart from Jenkins herself. Come on!
In the end, this huge announcement definitely constructed pleasure for the way forward for Star Wars however finally ended up hurting the studio’s credibility. Since then, Lucasfilm has held its playing cards a lot nearer to the chest — and that’s been for the higher. With three upcoming movies and plenty of exhibits on the horizon, Lucasfilm’s extra measured method has begun to construct belief once more with the broader Star Wars viewers, nevertheless it’s been an uphill battle.
4. The best way The E-book of Boba Fett was structured
The E-book of Boba Fett got here as a whole shock. Certain, the rumors of a Boba Fett movie had lengthy been on the market, however the placement of this mini-series throughout the context of The Mandalorian got here out of left discipline, tacked on as a post-credit scene of season two. Even the sloppy language I simply used to explain it demonstrates how complicated its existence was. The end result was a whole lack of reference for what to anticipate out of those seven episodes.
For what it’s price, I like numerous what the 2 halves of The E-book of Boba Fett do on their very own. I beloved how deep the story dove into the Tusken tradition in Boba’s previous, whereas additionally bouncing ahead to his increasing command of the cities of Tatooine. There was a compelling imaginative and prescient right here, even when it felt prefer it didn’t get totally fleshed out. I additionally had loads of enjoyable with simply how grand the present’s climax grew with the reintroduction of so many characters too. And who might have guessed we get this a lot time with Luke Skywalker on this present?
However the issue is in the best way we have been offered with the story. It begins off very a lot feeling like its personal present, solely to fully be interrupted by episode 5 with The Return of the Mandalorian. When watching it straight via, it actually does really feel like an intrusion. It’s clear that internally, The E-book of Boba Fett was seen as a spin-off of The Mandalorian and functioned as a season 2.5. However for the viewers, it ended up being irritating.
There’s a world wherein Jon Favreau and workforce might have pulled this off. With just a few extra episodes to construct up Boba Fett’s personal story and higher advertising, The E-book of Boba Fett might have been an even bigger success. However as is, it’ll doubtless go down as an experiment gone fallacious for a lot of followers.
3. The botched advertising and launch of Solo
Solo: A Star Wars Story was the primary monetary blunder within the period of Disney Star Wars. After three billion-dollar hits in a row, together with for the opposite spin-off, Rogue One, the failure of Solo appeared to take the studio without warning. A lot has been made concerning the reasoning behind Solo‘s lack of impression, and we’ll doubtless by no means have the ability to slim it all the way down to a single silver bullet.
However as the primary Star Wars movie to return simply six months after the earlier one, particularly to observe a divisive movie like The Final Jedi, it definitely wasn’t arrange for achievement. There simply wasn’t sufficient time to construct a optimistic message for the movie, particularly contemplating this was the primary try at recasting basic characters. Throw in a turbulent behind-the-scenes story that was more and more getting out within the public, and you’ve got a recipe for bother.
As you’ll discover, although, only a few of these errors or issues need to do with the movie itself, which is a disgrace. Contemplating the herculean process of rewriting the backstory of one of the crucial iconic characters in movie historical past, Solo has garnered its personal little fan base since its launch.
2. Not offering extra clarification for the return of Palpatine
I like The Rise of Skywalker. I do know, I do know — you may not. However regardless of the enjoyable I’ve with this ultimate entry, I don’t fake that the criticism of it isn’t justified, particularly of the hastily-written resurrection of 1 darkish grasp of the Sith, our beloved Palpatine. Personally, I loved the best way the movie handles the return, however clearly, it was extra of a distraction to the viewers than Abrams in all probability thought it might be. He needed to dismiss it away to get to the actual coronary heart of the movie’s story, however in doing so, simply left followers hanging. And sure, now’s if you cue your “someway, Palpatine returned” memes.
I get the need to make the movie not centered on explaining the backstory, although — I actually do. But when the movie had built-in his return extra completely into the plot and characters — it might have extra completely completed that aim. Equally, whereas I didn’t want a prolonged clarification for the origin of Snoke, the best way the script so rapidly brushes it off solely leaves it lingering in your thoughts all through the remainder of the movie given the 2 motion pictures that got here earlier than it. The Mandalorian and different expanded ephemera are filling in that story in an interesting approach, but when Abrams might have discovered a solution to extra satisfyingly tie these villains collectively, numerous the opposite issues individuals have with Rise of Skywalker would have washed away.
In spite of everything, there’s nothing fallacious inherently with bringing Palpatine again yet another time, and I like the best way it frames the whole thing of the three trilogies. However for a revelation this large, it wanted a bit extra consideration paid to it.
1. Not discovering a solution to get Luke, Leia, and Han again collectively
The return of the Large Three was probably the most thrilling fantasy concerning the return of Star Wars when it was bought in 2012. It’s what everybody has needed for all these years — and at last, they’d all be again on display screen collectively.
However the Sequel Trilogy decided early on to not heart its story across the Large Three. And for what it’s price, I believe that was the proper resolution. Establishing new characters was important for increasing the franchise, particularly contemplating the ages of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. I actually do love all the things about how these characters have been portrayed — the dying of Han Solo (and subsequent return in reminiscence in Rise of Skywalker) is tragic, the cliffhanger of Luke Skywalker’s look is epic, and Leia shines in The Final Jedi.
However the truth that we by no means obtained even only a single scene with all three of them collectively hurts. Even when it was in a flashback, I simply want we’d gotten one thing — particularly understanding we’ll by no means get an opportunity at having them once more, a minimum of not with out some digital shenanigans. Thank goodness for the quick however magical scenes we have now between Luke and Leia in The Final Jedi and Rise of Skywalker, which handle so as to add a lot depth to those acquainted characters and their connection to one another.