End of Star Wars Franchise

Zachary Lentz, Staff Writer

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With the most recent Star Wars movie Solo: A Star Wars Story bombing at the box office and having middle of the road at best reviews, you can’t help but wonder what happened to this once loved and cherished franchise. Mark Hamill subtly dropping hints as to how much he hates the direction Disney is taking the franchise, and Harrison Ford not agreeing to film unless Han Solo was killed off at the end of Episode 7, you can’t help but wonder what is to come in Episode 9.

Star Wars Episode 9: Skywalker Rising seems to look like more of the same flashy, big budget CGI filled mediocrity that Disney has given us since The Force Awakens–a movie filled with plot holes and rehashes. Star Wars Episode 8 was filled with similar issues as well, and both films scored low from critic reviews. However, audience reviews for episodes 7 and 8 are on the higher end. The movies are enjoyable to watch in a theater; with the familiar characters, vehicles, weapons, worlds, and massive battles is all outstanding. Star Wars is as fun to spend a night out watching as it has been since the prequel trilogy started back in 1999. Star Wars movies only have issues once you look under the skin, which is what critics are paid to do. Episode 9 seems like it will be a proper send off for the trilogy of trilogies, finally giving the space epic the ending it deserves.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the next entry in Electronic Art’s lineup of Star Wars screw-ups, but this one seems enticing. With a trailer that depicts it as the star wars video game that fans have been begging for since Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and the original Battlefront 2. A critical look must be taken at this though, especially with Electronic Arts at the helm of this production. With their recent games such as Anthem, Star Wars Battlefront 2, and Need For Speed: Payback all being critical and commercial failures that have failed to bounce back after years of pre- and post-development. Hopefully Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order won’t fall victim to the same fate, however, if it does, this will be the nail in the coffin for Star Wars video games.