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Has Star Wars Lost Its Nostalgia Factor?

Is Star Wars Getting Old?

The original three Star Wars movies came out in 1977, 1980, and 1983 respectively. After that, fans had to wait sixteen long years for the prequel trilogy to come out. These three movies were released in 1999, 2002, and 2005. After another decade went by, we were given the three sequel movies. Now, however, it seems like we are getting some sort of Star Wars movie or anthology every year. Is this going to affect the nostalgia factor of the originals?

Star Wars - Lando Calrissian, Han Solo
Yes, your editor finds this nostalgic. Still.

In short, I think the answer to that question is no. I believe the original three from the late 1970s and early ‘80s will always hold a special place in our hearts. The series has expanded to the point now where we no longer have the original main characters. Later this year we are going to get a movie all about Han Solo, but Alden Ehrenreich will be playing the titular character instead of Harrison Ford. In the most recent timeline, we know that Kylo Ren murders his father, Han Solo. We saw Carrie Fisher (RIP) finish out her role as Princess Leia in The Last Jedi. Luke (Mark Hamill) sacrificed himself in The Last Jedi as well, although rumors of a Ghost Luke are circulating for Episode IX. Even Peter Mayhew retired his role of Chewbacca after The Force Awakens.

In some ways, we can consider the most recent trilogy to be their own thing. They focus more on our new heroine, Rey. According to Cinema Blend, there was originally a different plan for the most recent trilogy. The Force Awakens was supposed to focus on Han Solo. The Last Jedi was intended to finish up Luke’s story. The plan for Episode IX  was to tell General Leia’s story, but with the tragic death of Carrie Fisher, this is no longer an option. The directors now have to figure out which direction to go with the movies now that their three big players are all gone.

Toeing the Line Between Nostalgia and Innovation

(Star Wars) Disney will be pulling their content off NetflixThese movies will not be the same without Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill but there will always be reminders of their presence in the newest films. Because of these subtle nods to the original series, I believe Star Wars will always feel a little nostalgic. The sequel trilogy follows the story of Rey, whose own timeline is strikingly similar to that of young Luke Skywalker. They are both “nobodies” from “nowhere” who stumble into the galactic battle between good and evil. Luke and Rey have similar interests and talents in the mechanical world, and both are uber-sensitive to the Force. They both even find a droid friend who just so happens to contain critical information for the Resistance.

It will be crucial, however, for the future of the Star Wars franchise to keep these storylines from going stale. It’s important to keep some aspects of the original series to keep that nostalgia factor, but it is possible to go overboard. The directors and writers will have to toe the line between nostalgia and innovation.

What is your opinion on the latest series? Do you think the Star Wars series is getting worn out, or just getting warmed up? Share your thoughts below!

 

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