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From Bad to Good: More Tough Love for Star Wars in the Media

Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News & Notes - Feb. 9, 2018

The Gamut Run

Not much time this AM, but I wanted to catch the gist of what I was reading about Star Wars on the Internet this morning. It starts with some tough love and hard questions, but it improves. Some LEGO videos help, too.

Mendelson is one of my favorite writers, so we have to take the good with the bad:

It’s not just that Star Wars risks becoming an otherwise generic sci-fi action fantasy with the words “Star” and “Wars” tossed into the title. It’s also that we have little idea how a Star Wars film that isn’t connected to the main story will play to the masses. Pretty much every Star Wars movie thus far has been explicitly or implicitly about the ongoing saga of the Skywalker family and what amounts to a 77-year generational melodrama. When the past is allowed to die, what will Star Wars become?

It is a fair question, and the story is a must-read for Star Wars fans.

An unexciting choice?

Sam Adams wrote:

What’s worrisome about Benioff and Weiss’ hiring is not just their race and gender, but the lack of creativity in their selection. After J.J. Abrams, who was re-engaged for the as-yet-untitled Episode IX after Trevorrow’s ouster, there are no figures in the entertainment industry more identified with successful franchise extensions than Benioff and Weiss, which makes them a safe choice but also a thoroughly unexciting one. It’s the kind of decision you make when you put pleasing stockholders ahead of fostering creativity.

Unfortunately, the above is exactly what many anti-Disney Star Wars fans believe. So, while I land in the “In-KK-We-Trust” camp, this is the kind of critique Lucasfilm will face, indefinitely.

Changing things up?

Ben Pearson reports:

Again, this is all just a rumor for now, but the theory is that Lucasfilm is keeping these writers’ identities a secret at least partially because of the hardcore reaction to The Last Jedi from some corners of the internet. The thinking seems to be that if a straight white guy like writer/director Rian Johnson received so many nasty Twitter comments for his movie, women and people of color would conceivably receive far worse – and for something no one has even seen yet. (If that’s true, that’s truly a sad statement about the toxicity of some sects of fandom.)

I remain sad that PR folks need to think about those things. Encouraging to think there may be a steady influx of new voices into the Saga. No?

JJ is excited…

Okay, so this made me hopefull – I loved The Force Awakens. However, I wanted to point out the passage that launched several hundred clickbait stories.

Jack Shepherd wrote:

Abrams has been working hard on the upcoming ninth episode of Star Wars, having taken over from Colin Trevorrow as director. Asked whether he’s excited about returning to the directors chair — having previously helmed The Force Awakens — Abrams said: “Very much. I’m actually going to be leaving this room and going right there. I can’t wait for you to see what we’re doing.”

Asked by The Independent about how much of Trevorrow’s vision had been kept, Abrams remained tight-lipped, saying: “We should keep it on Cloverfield.”

When I do these synopses, I do my best to follow the thread to the original report. Not much to go on here, but I have hope that JJ is as successful this time as he was in Episode VII.

However, I do not expect Abrams to be forthcoming about his story before December 2019.

On Video…

Breaking down Breznican’s coverage…

A good question

Lego Fun x 2

I’ve seen several of these sets, but I am psyched to get a closer look at all of them.

I’m pretty sure Anthony Breznican has some fun stuff coming later today. TGIF! JB


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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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