Comic 275 - Intermission: Star Wars Episode IVII: The Farce Awakens

13th Dec 2017, 1:30 AM in Intermission Winter 2017
Intermission: Star Wars Episode IVII: The Farce Awakens
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Space Jawa 13th Dec 2017, 1:30 AM edit delete
Fair warning, I'm about to break into a little bit of a rant below. If you'd rather not hear anything about my negative feelings towards The Force Awakens, I recommend skipping straight to the general comments section.

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Ok, last chance to skip, you've been warned.

Those who know my feelings regarding "Episode VII" can tell you that I hate The Force Awakens. Hate it. I was uneasy about it and didn't like it from the moment I finished watching it, but the more time I had to digest it, the more I came to outright hate it.

It basically solidified my desire to try to ignore any future Star Wars-related projects created by Disney and to stick with the Lucasverse canon that is 'my' Star Wars. I haven't seen nor do I have any desire to see Rogue One, and I certainly don't have any plans to see Last Jedi either, nor any other future Star Wars movies for the foreseeable future.

While the scene I'm poking fun at here is hardly the worst mistake that I think Abrams and Disney made with The Force Awakens - and there are a lot of them - what I do think it does is best encapsulate a basic summery of all the problems I have with the movie and what Disney and Abrams thought would be a good idea to make for a sequel to the original trilogy.

1) You have here Han "Shot First" Solo - who has had his character growth from the original trilogy thrown out to make him the same person he was at the start of Episode IV
2) Aboard a bigger, scarier "Death Star of the Week" - after we're supposed to be happy that Disney did away with old canon in part because it was one plagued by Superweapons of the Week (not to mention the subsequent Rogue One once again being about the Death Star)
3) Which was built out of a planet by "I can't believe it's not the Galactic Empire" - despite supposedly being a group that's supposed to be in such a state where the New Republic doesn't take them seriously and without any answer of how they got the same level of resources as the real Galactic Empire to build such a project in secret
4) And after getting Captain Phasma - who Disney insisted on pushing as "The New Boba Fett" while conveniently forgetting that 1) even Boba Fett wasn't the first Boba Fett until fans latch onto him without Lucas having to tell anyone he was "Boba Fett", ultimately ensuring that Phasma will never be 'Boba Fett' and 2) giving her anything on which to even attempt to qualify her as 'the next Boba Fett'
5) To lower the shields, what does Han "Shot First" Solo do? - despite the fact that the movie has already thrown out his characterization and turned him back into the person he was at the start of Episode IV that got people up in arms when Lucas messed with Han shooting Greedo preemptively
6) He insists on giving the audience a wink and a nudge to the garbage compactor from Episode IV - which is basically all Force Awakens is built off of - nudges and winks to the audience as it says "Hey, you remember that thing you liked from that other movie? Here's a reference to it, please love us now!"
7) In order to ensure that Captain Phasma can live rather than just shooting her and getting it over with - In what is, beyond a bonus opportunity for them to get in a nudge and wink to Episode IV, an over-conveient way to save Captain Phasma so they can keep her around for the sequel and continue to promote as "The Next Boba Fett" in spite of her failing to earn the reputation or adoration of the fans Disney so badly wants her to have.

All the other problems I could tell you that I have with Force Awakens, odds are that it's an expansion on, related to, or more of one or more of the above complaints.

And before anyone gets the bright idea of wheeling out the "They had to make the movie that way to restore the faith of the fans!" argument, I will call complete and utter BS on that argument each and every single time. It is perhaps among the worst possible attempts at a defense that could be made for why Force Awakens is what it is.

No, they didn't have to make Force Awakens as a stealth remake of New Hope; As someone who's a Star Wars fan who didn't need his 'faith' in the series restored, it only served to cement my opinion to have as little as possible to do with Disney-made Star Wars projects.

Quite frankly, I would have been happier if Disney had just rebooted the entire franchise from the ground up with an honest, straight-up remake of A New Hope than I am with what we got from The Force Awakens.

As it stands, I've got the Lucasverse as 'my' Star Wars, and Disney has made clear they're not touching that anymore. Funny thing is, I never realized when they first announced the split that I was actually looking at a blessing in disguise.
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