10 Problems That Are Slowly Ruining Star Wars

Author Thumbnail Richard Dorricott March 26, 2017 12:17 PM

10Nostalgia

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The Force Awakens was anything but original, borrowing numerous concepts from the original trilogy, including the basic structure of its own story. The film also pandered considerably to nostalgia crowds, referencing aspects of the original trilogy constantly and alluding to the most memorable moments from yesteryear.

Here’s a contentious opinion for you: The Force Awakens should have ditched the majority of the original cast, including Han Solo, Chewbacca, Admiral Leia and C-3PO, focusing instead on the newer characters.

Understandably, the filmmakers were concerned about bridging the gap between the old and new, but dedicating so much of the film to these older characters seems somewhat counterproductive, serving only to satiate audiences with nostalgic inclinations.

Star Trek ’09 made the same mistake, lingering on iconic imagery, referencing memorable lines of dialogue, and emphasising elements of the past instead of the present. As a commercial choice, it works because it gratifies audience expectations, emphasising pre-established imagery instead of constructing anything original to take its place.

From an artistic standpoint, the result is something of a disappointment, especially for those without any strong connections to the original films.

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Richard Dorricott is a postgraduate student at Durham University, and a writer for several prominent websites. Based primarily out of the UK, his interests include detective fiction and PC gaming, and he is currently writing a novel about neither one.