Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Duel of the Fates vs. The Rise of Skywalker: Which would have been a better Episode IX?

Having explored the details of Colin Trevorrow's "Duel of the Fates" script, it's hard not to feel a pang of what could have been. 

His version offers a darker, more consistent tone and gives characters like Finn and Rose their due, allowing them to shine in ways they didn't in "The Rise of Skywalker." Rey's character arc is more nuanced, and her double-bladed lightsaber is a fitting evolution of her weaponry and skills. Kylo Ren's journey is also more compelling, depicting him as a true, unrepentant villain haunted by Luke's ghost and seeking power from an ancient Sith master. Not a Romeo in the making that he became in the released version.

The final battle on Coruscant ties the conflict back to a significant location, making the stakes feel real and tangible. Rey and Kylo's duel on Mortis adds a layer of mysticism and emotional weight, concluding their arcs with thematic resonance. While "Duel of the Fates" isn't perfect and has some plot elements that might feel abrupt or overused, these could have been refined with further drafts.

In contrast, "The Rise of Skywalker" felt disjointed, trying to tie up too many loose ends and often sidelining important characters. The return of Palpatine, while nostalgic, seemed like an out-of-place retcon, and the film's attempt to please everyone ended up satisfying no one. Ok, maybe a few.

In the end, similar to the W. Gibson script for "Alien 3" within the Xenomorph universe, "Duel of the Fates" stands as a fascinating "what if" scenario, providing a more coherent and emotionally resonant conclusion to the Skywalker saga. It's a version that many fans, including myself, would have loved to see brought to life on the big screen. While we'll never know for sure how Trevorrow's vision would have translated, it certainly offers a compelling alternative that feels truer to the legacy of Star Wars. 

So, here's to the story that could have been, and to the endless possibilities of the galaxy far, far away.

Cause as it's stand today, Star Wars is in a shit load of trouble. Andor Season 2 anyone?

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Sunday, March 24, 2024

A Plea for the Soul of Star Wars in the Age of Disney Simplification

Beghast's "STAR WARS De-Infantilized (It Works)" resonates deeply with many adult fans of Star Wars, myself included, as it captures so elegantly a sentiment of disenchantment with the franchise's direction in recent years. It articulates a shared experience: the magic and awe of the original and prequel trilogies give way to a sense of dissonance as the saga transitions into a realm that feels overly simplified, seemingly tailored more towards younger audiences than the broad demographic that has long cherished the galaxy far, far away.

This sense of oversimplification, where narratives feel like they're holding the viewer's hand too tightly, mirrors content designed for very young children, diminishing the saga's depth. Yet, hope shines through with the acknowledgment of "Rogue One" and "Andor" as standout examples within the new wave, praised for their complexity and mature themes. These entries demonstrate that the franchise can still offer stories that resonate with adult fans without compromising its universal appeal.

Star Wars, at its heart, was never just a children's story but a saga with layers of storytelling, character development, and a richly crafted universe that engaged audiences across the age spectrum. The critique laments the recent shift towards content that seems to prioritize younger viewers at the expense of the richness that made Star Wars beloved by so many.

Their review serves as a call to action for future Star Wars storytelling. 

It's a plea for a balance that ensures accessibility to new, younger fans while retaining the complexity, depth, and narrative richness that have long drawn in adult audiences. "STAR WARS De-Infantilized (It Works)" captures the longing for a return to the saga's roots, advocating for storytelling that embraces the franchise's legacy of captivating a timeless audience, ensuring Star Wars remains a journey for all ages.

Agree? Disagree? 

I'd love to know your thoughts. Head over to the comments and let me know.