Not a lot to add here. Just bumped into this video and it sums up how I felt about Episode VIII: The Last Jedi pretty well.
I’ve still only seen it the once, but the more I reflect on it, the more I enjoyed it. So again, tish and pish to the haters and complainers. This one can stay and I’m looking forward to seeing the final chapter next week.
I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends.
Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages?
I am Hatboy.
One of the things that he points out as disappointing in TFA is the lack of political landscape being explained. But having just watched the prequels back to back, I gotta say that they didn’t do anything like that either. I mean, there’s a lot of talking about politics, but I dare anyone to actually coherently tell me what is going on with the senate or kingdoms or tribes in the films without the use of extra books or comics. I had forgotten entirely about there being Banker Clans and Border Tribes, yet there they are with Christopher Lee in Attack of the Clones. There’s talks of successions in kingdoms on Naboo in Phantom Menace, yet in Attack of the Clones she talks of it like a presidential election. It’s all over the place, and something I for one am glad they left out of the sequels entirely.