So, it seems Disney has realized that Kathleen Kennedy drove the Star Wars franchise into the ground by turning a boys’ adventure fantasy into a girl empowerment snoozefest. And according to the source quoted nobody is willing to take over from her because the risk is too great. http://voxday.blogspot.com/2018/06/will-no-one-rid-disney-of-this.html .
Oh, this is too much! Can schadenfreude cause a stroke? I laughed so hard I think I burst an aneurysm in my brain. When you add up the ESPN, Star Wars and the Roseanne debacles SJWs must have cost Disney at least several billion dollars in lost revenue. Can you imagine the heat that Iger must be feeling? Oh, it’s marvelous. And with the ninth movie of the Star Wars saga in production already and J.J. Abrams refusing to take more than directorial control over that pile of risk I wouldn’t be surprised if the House of Disney doesn’t have a major shake-up on the horizon. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of progressives.
Read the whole thing including the info at the link and the comments at Vox Popoli, they’re hysterical. It’s like a textbook case of feminism running a male based activity straight into the ditch. Oh, my poor ribs, they ache.
Let’s review, Disney pays Lucas umpty-ump billions of dollars for a franchise that is basically a boomer/millennial male-bonding experience and they let a bitter feminist turn it into young Rosie O’Donnell with a light saber meets the First Wives’ Club. With apologies to Count Rugen, I think that’s the worst thing I ever heard. Is it possible that Disney is purposefully bankrupting itself to help tank the economy to spite Trump? It seems plausible. I mean no one could be this stupid right?
Full disclosure, I’m not the target audience for any of these movies. I thought the first Star Wars movie was great fun when I saw it on the big screen back in the seventies. But the second one was kind of disjointed and not as much fun. The third one was a hot mess. I mean, ewoks? After that I was glad that it seemed to be over. The newer editions are by most accounts terrible and I couldn’t imagine wasting time on them. But I brought my grandsons to see the seventh one and I was amazed at how derivative it was from the first movie and how unpleasant it turned out. Now, I’m far from disappointed that the series looks to be going down for the count. What someone should do is start a new series based on an interesting and fun sci-fi or fantasy series that will draw kids and their parents in. Hell, they could update the Lensman series and they’d get more mileage out of that than they’ve managed from Lucas’ anemic vision. The same can be said for the Marvel and DC cinema series. They’ve milked those characters and story arcs so strenuously that there’s nothing left but watery skim.
So, read the article and get a good laugh. But honestly, we’re going to need to let these movie studios go broke. They’re too stupid to live.
How the mighty have fallen. When the big reveal came in the Last Jedi and we found out that the Force is just estrogen for a lot of fans it must have felt like that scene in Christmas Story where Ralphie is feverishly decoding a secret message and finds out the the secret is a commercial for Ovaltine. Screw them.
Let the Schadenfreude flow. Embrace the Dark Side of the Force which must therefore be testosterone! Who knew?
After finishing up my review of Galaxy’s Edge – Galactic Outlaws, it occurred to me that there was more to say about the category of Space Opera. Some might say that I was a little unfair to social justice fiction fans. After all there must be a significant audience of fans with blue hair and cats who really enjoy girl power super heroes and their adventures in space. So, to say that these are automatically bad just because I heartily dislike them might seem arbitrary and unfair. It might seem that way but it isn’t. And that’s because I am the final arbiter of good and bad in science fiction. I earned this coveted status by living long enough to see everything in the world. So, once again, all Star Wars movies after Return of the Jedi (and even some parts of them before that point) are irredeemably bad and should be cast into the outer darkness where there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth. And that lines us up for me to proclaim what does make a good space opera. What follows is:
“photog’s RULE FOR WHAT MAKES GOOD SPACE OPERA” (patent pending).
It needs to appeal to the sense of wonder of the twelve-year-old boy in you. Now mind you, it doesn’t have to only do that. It can also be a brilliant philosophical treatise on the dualistic nature of the universe or a psychological study of the impact of technology on the human race, or even a deathless love story written across the stars of the galaxy. But if it fails to inspire the twelve-year-old boy in you it’s not space opera. It may be science fiction or anything else but it isn’t space opera. And this isn’t even an exclusive precinct of science fiction. Any adventure story has to satisfy that same basic requirement. Take the literature of the late nineteenth century or early twentieth century. A quintessential example that comes to mind is Treasure Island. Here is a story that was tailor made for the sense of wonder of a twelve-year-old boy. It has all the earmarks of the tale of wonder. The boy who loses his father, the quest for riches, exotic locales, colorful and dangerous opponents, the revelation of secret knowledge, the coming of age experience of the world and the people in it. An adventure story is a story for a boy that kindles his interest in the world around him. It leads him to think there is more to life than school and chores. It inspires him to strike out on his own and find his place in the world.
Now I can just hear the modern women and girly men screeching, “Girls want adventure too!” To which I reply “Stop screeching, you’re hurting my ears.” But also, I would say that what girls want is neither here nor there. Boys need the adventure story because it fits their brains. Girls have been told that they want adventure stories so they want them in order not to get left out in the modern #metoo world that they live in. And in fact, I don’t really care if there are adventure stories for girls. More power to them, I guess. What I do mind is that for the sake of inclusiveness they are ruining all the adventure stories that are coming out of Hollywood. And that is why I look for good old (and new) space opera and other adventure stories for my grandsons (and for me).
The pseudonymous Wayne Isaac has reviewed “The Last Jedi.” Since I brought my grandsons to see “The Force Awakens” I knew I wouldn’t be going to this picture. Suffice it to say that it’s worse than I feared. It turns out the “Force” is actually estrogen and that explains why Jedi Knights are so screwed up. They’re plugged into the wrong power source. Or rather they’re just not equipped to be heroes. Who knew? We’ll have to let Alexander the Great and George Washington know. Boy will they ever feel foolish. Anyway enjoy.
Feminism Ruined “The Last Jedi”