The Star Wars sequel trilogy has been a sizzling subject of dialog since The Power Awakens launched, and the dialog solely grew with the releases of The Final Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Followers debated backwards and forwards about if the trilogy was good or not, and which of the three motion pictures they felt most represented Star Wars. This was particularly evident after the discharge of The Rise of Skywalker, which was seen unfavorably by many critics and followers.
There are a variety of particular person components that those that did not like The Rise of Skywalker will discuss with the intention to show their level, however all of those points stem from a a lot bigger one. The trilogy was doomed to fail as a result of there was no constant director or planning all through the method, making the movies really feel disjointed, however The Rise of Skywalker particularly failed as a result of the creators had been too involved about assuaging the considerations of a small group of followers.
After The Final Jedi was launched, the film was hotly contested by followers. Some beloved it, and thought that director Rian Johnson was taking Star Wars in an attention-grabbing route and subverting a variety of the tropes related to the collection, whereas others hated these adjustments and had been fairly vocal about how they believed that Johnson was destroying Star Wars.
It is one factor to not take pleasure in a film, and fairly one other to hate the film a lot that the group that hates it begins to assault one of many actors. There was a small (however vocal and highly effective) group of The Final Jedi critics who started bullying Kelly Marie Tran, who portrayed Rose within the movie, as a result of they hated her character and had been seemingly unable to separate the 2. This group of followers was infamous for his or her toxicity and their utter hatred for The Final Jedi, and apparently, they had been the group that Star Wars was most anxious to please.
One of many criticisms lobbed at The Rise of Skywalker is that they threw out a variety of the plot factors and thematic components that had been arrange in The Final Jedi, and even some components that had been arrange in The Power Awakens. These adjustments weren’t made in favor of the story, however somewhat in favor of attempting to attraction to that small group of followers who had been so against the route that The Final Jedi was heading. These followers hated the character of Rose, and so her function in The Rise of Skywalker was miniscule, and the movie even made small digs on the subversive routes that Rian Johnson had tried to soak up The Final Jedi, particularly with the character of Luke Skywalker.
The creators had been terrified of taking extra dangers due to how this group of followers had reacted, which is unusual, contemplating there was a fair bigger group of moviegoers who had loved The Final Jedi, and had been hopeful with the place the trilogy was headed after seeing that film. This conservative strategy was a step backwards for the collection, and backfired in each means as a result of they ended up satisfying nobody with The Rise of Skywalker. Followers who loved The Final Jedi had been disillusioned with the finale of the collection, and people who hated The Final Jedi had been nonetheless capable of acknowledge how uninspired and disappointing The Rise of Skywalker was. The choice to try to please one small group of followers led to mass disappointment for the viewers at giant.
Makes an attempt at fan service changing into a detriment to a chunk of artwork is just not one thing unique to Star Wars, as plainly typically creators of media will rely too closely on fan reactions within the writing course of. For instance, when Recreation of Thrones followers discovered an upcoming plot twist, the writers scrapped that plot level and got here up with one thing completely different (that did not make sense) as a result of they felt the necessity to keep one step forward of the viewers always. Fan tradition has created a kind of atmosphere the place creators typically really feel that they should give the followers precisely what they need, or maintain them guessing, somewhat than going with what the story itself calls for.
Media creators, particularly these concerned in Star Wars movies, have to put apart the emotions of followers sooner or later, particularly if the followers they’re attempting to attraction to are the minority opinion. Whereas the followers are an essential a part of the tradition round a chunk of media, they don’t seem to be those in cost, nor ought to they be. Creators have to do justice to the tales they’re telling as an alternative of counting on fan enter for route, particularly if these fan opinions are sexist or racist, as was the case with that vocal minority of Star Wars followers.
The Rise of Skywalker was an anti-climactic ending to the trilogy, principally as a result of the creators had been too anxious a few small sub-section of followers reacting negatively to vary, or to something that felt completely different from each different Star Wars film that is been made. Ultimately, that worry made the film worse, and any distinctive or attention-grabbing plot traces and themes had been thrown out with the intention to attraction to followers that finally rejected the completed product in any case. Hopefully, these at Disney and Lucasfilm realized a lesson from this expertise, and bear in mind sooner or later that they should prioritize telling a great story over placating a fandom.