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Skywalker trilogy has fandom drifting in space

After the release of the “The Rise of Skywalker”, it seems that many fans are severely split towards the negative side as of late. 

The fans on the side against the recent trilogy argue that Disney had lowered the quality of the movies ever since they bought the rights to “Star Wars”. The other side of the fandom argue that the films were okay, and that there is no reason to be upset with the changes they had made to the lore.  

The fanbase’s most agreeable criticism with these newer movies is the plot-holes present throughout all three movies. An instance that can be spoken without spoiling too much of the story would be how Luke Skywalkers’ lightsaber ended up in Maz’s castle after the events of episode 6.  

Other people in the Star Wars fanbase make the counter-argument in favor of this modern trilogy by stating that those criticisms would be nitpicking. 

There are excellent characters in this movie such as Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) and Finn (played by John Boyega). Another defense that they provide is that the cast is diverse, including a strong female lead, Rey (played by Daisy Ridley). 

Another large part of this divide among the fandom happens with the diversity argument defenders give, the critics would say that the diversity is forced in an attempt to market to a particular demographic, as some of the characters are not written well and doesn’t have as good of a Jedi origin story as Luke Skywalker.  

To back up this argument, the critics would say that in these movies, Rey doesn’t have as much of a character arc when compared to Luke Skywalker. Rey masters the power of the force as if it is a superpower rather than the mysterious force described in the previous movies, rewriting a significant part of the movies that was established in “A New Hope”.   

This issue can get political of course, and the fans of the newer series would respond that this criticism is bigotry, that the idea of disliking the story of the movie can be from the perspective of someone who is racist or sexist, without acknowledging the argument itself. The other side would yell out that they are “snowflakes”.  

This type of discourse can create a toxic environment to discuss a movie in. At the end of the day, to truly judge a movie is to see it and think for one’s self. Reason with the other side. To analyze and think critically is the point of colleges like Kirkwood, so it is important to remove the sensationalism and embrace the reality.

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