December 10, 2016

Dumping Star Wars

Darth Vader from Star Wars
I've been a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy since I lined up with my Dad and some friends to see the first film in 1977. To say it blew me away would be an understatement. I had never seen anything like it, and it made such an impression that it is still with me today. The same would be true for Empire and Jedi. Of the three, Empire has always been my favorite; however, it is fair to say that I have always loved and will continue to love all three of these wonderful films. They shaped the culture in which I grew up, and I still enjoy watching them today.

I wish I could say the same for the prequel trilogy. I remember how excited I was when The Phantom Menace came out. I watched the original trilogy again right before seeing Phantom, and I was convinced I was going to love it. I was wrong. Afterward, I remember thinking that the franchise was in real danger of being ruined if they couldn't do any better than this. As disappointed as I was, I still gave Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith a chance. They were not any worse than Phantom, but that is about the most positive thing I can say for them. I can honestly say that I have no desire to see any of these films again.

When The Force Awakens came out, I decided not to bother. While the prequel trilogy hadn't exactly ruined the original trilogy for me, it had come close enough that I wasn't interested in taking a chance on any more. I might get around to seeing it eventually, but I'm in no hurry to do so. In fairness, I have heard that it is much better than the prequel trilogy.

It is in this context that I recently heard about the plans of some Trump supporters to boycott the upcoming Rogue One film (#DumpStarWars). Several people I follow on Twitter have been encouraging people to see the film as a counter-boycott of sorts, usually accompanied by the claim that those planning to boycott are "racists" or "white supremacists." More social media outrage and tribalism...that will accomplish what, exactly?

I'm not boycotting Rogue One. I don't care one way or another about whether it might have a message some want to interpret as being anti-Trump. I'm just not planning to see it because I did not enjoy any of the last three Star Wars films I did see. I think I'd rather spend my time watching the original trilogy again than take any more chances on the new ones.