Across movies, books, games and comics, many interesting characters have made their mark in the Star Wars universe. Few are quite as interesting as a certain Gungan. The village idiot turned war hero turned junior senator known as Jar Jar Binks has the unlikeliest story arc in the Star Wars universe, one that would rival that of Forrest Gump. And yet, this extraordinary figure is often vilified, not just by fans, but by the very people that reside in his universe. How can such a humble and well meaning character fall to such depths of resentment from multitudes of people? What did he do to deserve such unfair treatment?
I know it took me a long time to watch Star Wars Episode 9. That's because the movie has been sold out for the longest time and I finally got to see the movie last weekend. How could a movie that's so divisive do so well in the box office? After watching it I know why.
I Can’t Stand Corporate Star Wars
On December 5th 1995, The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular aired on television. It was an episode created to act as a satire of all the episodes of American sitcoms that existed merely to show a compilation of clips from prior episodes to remind you of what came before. If the show was long-running enough, it would act as a nostalgia trip, reminding you of the good things that came before, but this episode did so in a way that still added something new that didn't make it feel like a clip show, and had it presented as a kind of inception of Simpsons episodes. Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker basically served as the Star Wars equivalent of a clip episode, except they decided that The Last Jedi just didn't happen, unless they absolutely had to acknowledge it. Spoilers ahead, by the way.
After the release of The Rise of Skywalker, I figured that it was time to update my ranking of the Star Wars films. But then, I had to postpone it because I realized there was a certain Star Wars theatrical release that I hadn't seen yet.
I have never written a review for a series before simply because I prefer watching and reviewing films, but since I got Disney+ and I'm a major Star Wars nerd, I decided that it was time to start reviewing a show. And I picked the perfect one.
There is absolutely nothing NOT to like about Disney's "The Mandalorian" on Disney Plus. It literally checks all the boxes. The show manages to be gritty without being too dark, while making you feel all warm and fuzzy without being cheesy. It's scientifically designed to psychologically push all the right buttons. A badass bounty hunter battles to save an adorable, force wielding, Baby Yoda from what's left of the Imperial forces.
If you have not seen Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, then I don't know what the hell you're doing here. The title of this article is, "A Spoiled Review," which is my new series for whenever I want to do spoiler reviews.
There’s a meme going around online of Doctor Manhattan, the man-made god from Alan Moore’s “Watchmen”. He’s staring up at the stars in the sky, while three captions float around him. The captions read “It is May 25, 1983, and I am about to watch the last Star Wars movie”, “It is May 19, 2005, and I am about to watch the last Star Wars movie”, and “It is December 20, 2019, and I am about to watch the last Star Wars movie”. The lesson of the story being that there will never be such a thing as “the last Star Wars movie”, because its success won’t allow there to be a last movie. Now in the hands of Disney, it will be milked for profit until the end of time itself. Chances are, you will be dead before there is truly a “last Star Wars movie”. But for those in denial, we have what is being promoted as “the last chapter of the Skywalker saga”, a supposed conclusion to a story arc going back 42 years. Did Disney stick the landing, or will it have people wishing this was indeed the “last Star Wars movie”, period?
Spoiler Alert for Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker.