What Would Thrawn Do?: Thoughts on Rogue One.
Note this is before I’ve seen the movie: While I`m unlikely to completely boycott the movie I did not go out of my way to see The Force Awakens and I will not go out of my way to see Rogue One.
The truth is I’m a little torn over what to think about The new Star Wars movie Rogue One, On one hand the core concept strikes me as a movie that should be enjoyable. From what I can tell working miltary sci-fi and heist story elements into the Star Wars universe and then presenting everything from an eyewitness point of view is a very intriguing prospect and one I’m actually in favor of.
Rogue One is a movie that should have been nigh impossible to fuck up.
Of course I fully expect Hollywood to fuck it up.
I’ll allow Razorfist to explain more.
Well I’m not quite so negative as our Leatherclad Prophet of Doom my expectations for this movie are low to apathetic. The decision to completely ditch the entire Expended Universe felt like a stab in the back to me… and I hadn’t bought a Star Wars book since… let me think… it was one of the Rogue Squadron books (checks book shelf) Book Eight: Isard’s Revenge by Michael A. Stackpole. Copyright 1999.
1999! That can’t be right? (probably bought the book around 2004)
Okay so maybe Star Wars has been shit for a very long time. Arguably things started going downhill ever since Boba Fett died like a bitch. I still had a lot of fun with the original movies and the very best of EU. Sure eventually my fandom got Suncrusher-ed out of existence and I had to move on to other forms of sci-fi (David Weber’s Honor Harrington Series for example;) but Star Wars was a fun place to start.
Podcaster Chris Bechtloff https://gab.ai/TheBechtloff refers to Star Wars as Science Fiction for basic bitches but that’s fine the basic bitches have to start somewhere… mind you it does a suspicious when people stay at the basic bitch level. (Oddly the people who are hyping this movie like Dane Cook and Wil Wheaton are the exact same people who were shilling for the abomination that was 2016 Ghostbusters)
So Star Wars acts as sort of a gateway to science fiction. An easy pathway from popular culture to basic Sci-fi concepts and themes. So it is no surprise that a such a gate would attract gatekeepers.
So what will become of Pink Disney SOCJUS Star Wars? There is an awful lot of ruin in a nation and even more in a beloved franchise. Will Rogue One make a profit? Well it had better since it’s the single most important and most hyped movie of 2016. Will it leave a lasting cultural legacy? Probably not.
Let’s start with the obvious. A modern Hollywood Tentpole movie is at minimum a $300 Million project with a 2-4 year production cycle. It is also a tremendous concentration of artistic and technical talent. It takes a great deal of effort to ruin a movie. Therefore it is of the utmost importance that every single screen writer be a talentless Social Justice Warrior hack who is willing to work for five grand and a bag of dope and has absolutely no knowledge of the source material, other works in the genre or even the vaguest idea how to tell a story. Oh yeah… and let’s give these clowns three weeks to write the final draft before we start filming.
Which leads to spectacles like this…
This is a great deal of Hollywood’s problems and there’s no real solution in sight. Movies consist of three aspects: The visuals (which are the most important) the sound and music (emotional manipulation) and the story telling. Hollywood has effectively mastered the first two aspects of the movie making art but due to increased social justice convergence are completely losing the third.
The first thing to go in an artist upon going full SJW is the sense of creativity, followed by the ability to project or understand any form of nuance. This leads to a shallowness or hollowness in their newer projects and to almost a bland echoing copy of other works. All originality has been drained from the art… just as all humanity has been drained from their soul.
The Force Awakens is almost a perfect example of this. Beautiful visuals, excellent use of music a masterpiece at first glance only to fall apart under further examination.
You enjoy the movie when you first see it. It’s only when you get home and start to think about it do you see its flaws. The shallow characters, the paint by numbers plot, the mindnumbing ridiculousness of the political situation and worse of all the callous way the hard won victory of Endor (and of the original trilogy) is rendered completely meaningless. All those dead Bothans and Ewoks for absolutely nothing.
The Force Awakens was an average popcorn action movie but as a Star Wars movie it was absolutely shit.
And yes Rey is a Mary Sue.
Tempted to do a breakdown of the characters of TFA and how they were either badly written or horribly misused but I’ve only bothered to watch the movie once and I really would have to watch it a second time in order to do a such a breakdown justice and quite frankly I don’t give that much of a shit.
Maybe I sound bitter? Well no shit Sherlock! The point is pretty much every old school Star Wars fan feels that they could have written a better Episode Seven while high on bath salts and stranded on a desert island, fending off giant enemy crabs with a broken canoe paddle.
The SOCJUS take over of Star Wars is slowly eating away at what should be an invincible brand of ever flowing money. The shiny, shiny X-wings are nice but the core story telling is vapid and the characters simply aren’t memorable or believable.
It was just barely believable that Luke a talented bush pilot could fly an X-wing in the first Deathstar battle. Sure he must have had hundreds if not thousands of flight hours and it was explained in the novels that the T-16 used the same control scheme as the X-wing fighter (allowing civilian pilots like Luke to quickly adapt.) So yes we believed that Luke the farm boy could fly a state of the art starfighter.
But Magic Space Princess Rey going from half starved scavenger to Jedi Knight in the course of a single movie? Nope sorry that illusion breaks down very quickly.
Even this problem could have been handled quite easily if Rey had been allowed time to develop as a character. How? Well keeping her as the tech genius rogue and using her in that support role would have make a great deal more sense. We discover that she’s force sensitive but she doesn’t immediately gain Jedi abilities. So Rey has to solve her problems using her wits and technical knowledge. This is where a competent Finn could have been great. He’s a fully trained commando with a good knowledge of the (Evil Bad Men) and their inner workings. So you have them sneak around inside the Enemy Fortress World (Not a Deathstar) sabotaging equipment and trying to find critical information.
They barely escape with the critical information and this sets the stage for the second movie. Where Rey slowly becomes more confident and capable. By the third movie she’s a full Jedi Knight and the focus shifts to her with Finn and Poe dropping back into a supporting role.
But nope Disney wanted their magic space princess NOW and the SJW writers wanted a strong empowered woman. So we get a hollow shell of a movie.
I expect Rogue One to be more of the same.
Maybe I’ll be wrong but hey I’m just some guy on the internet.
I’ll leave you with this.
Grand Admiral Thrawn studied his enemies artwork in order in order to devise tactics to use against them. What would he think of the new Star Wars? What does it tell us about our enemy?
You know come to think of it Thrawn was a practical pragmatic Alt-Right leader. We can all learn from his example.