bango31 wrote: ↑
December 27th, 2019, 1:46 am
Rise of Skywalker
made me despise The Last Jedi
so much more than I already did, mostly because Disney wasted an entire movie on a nonsense plot and sub-par character "development," rather than using the middle movie to create more conflict and tension, and make people care about the trilogy's conclusion. Instead, it was more or less a self-contained story that ended on a weirdly optimistic note that made no sense given the rest of the film, and gave the audience no incentive to care about where the story went from there.
A big part of the problem is that Disney doesn't really seem to care what the plot is at all or whether the stories make any sense. They seemed fixed on only one thing: their schedule and getting the movies out with no delay.
We can blame Rian Johnson for wasting the middle chapter, and for the complete lack of communication and planning toward a coherent trilogy.
Abrams of course played a role in getting this all started off badly. But, as you've noted, he had to conclude a trilogy that was more of a mess after Johnson finished with it.
THAT SAID, TROS could have been much worse. I'm not sure it could have been better, seeing as this trilogy has been mismanaged from the start, and Disney made the decision to cash in on the OT characters rather than starting anew, which would have made much more sense given the lapse in time between the OT and now. This isn't like the novels, where the actual age of the actors doesn't matter, and they age at the rate you want them to.
Disney just wants to cash in on SW and doesn't care (or seem to notice) the trashing of the OT. Of course, so many fans also seem oblivious to that. Setting a trilogy after the OT with the surviving members of the OT is fine. But when you jettison the original writer and bring in new ones (Abrams/Kasdan) very late in the came because you're completely unwilling to budge on the release date... well, that pretty much guarantees a poor foundation to start with. They could have overcome that if they'd stuck with one creative mind, which should have been Abrams/Kasdan. But instead it was Rian Johnson who wanted to do his own thing (and building off that rotten foundation). Result... disaster.
Honestly, they would have been much better off keeping the EU, wiping out the Cade Skywalker storyline, and rewriting that time period. They would have had plenty of canon and lore to fall back on, they would have been completely removed from the constraints of the OT and its actors' current ages, but alas, this is what we got.
EU is the true continuation of the OT in my mind. The sequel trilogy just isn't coherent at all with the OT for me to be able to accept it on any level.