The Utterly Forgettable Force Awakens

There are things wrong with The Force Awakens. A LOT of things.

Let’s COUNT them!

Believe it or not, he was way too generous with this one. No, Rey doing super force stuff isn’t awesome, it’s her being a Mary Sue and it’s FREAKING ANNOYING. It’s a large part of what made the movie nothing more than a forgettable retread of a much better movie.

It’s true: if it weren’t for nostalgia, it’d be utterly forgettable.

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Utterly forgettable.

10 thoughts on “The Utterly Forgettable Force Awakens

  1. Hm… Well, I still enjoyed it. There are things I would have done differently, but there were also a number of moments that really caught me up in the action. I certainly liked it better than the prequel films. Mostly, I had a problem with the last 15 minutes of the movie, that were aimless and pointless; I can see what they were trying to do, but they didn’t pull it off. The movie could have been more satisfying if it had ended 15 minutes earlier.

  2. I just don’t care about the movie. Good? Bad? Don’t care.

    This movie, and all its new brothers, did NOT require the death of the EU – just so they could pick the bones.
    Between Return of the Jedi and 2015, there were 4 crappy theatrical movies, a couple crappy Ewok TV movies, and cartoons tied intimately to crappy movies. I didn’t enjoy any visual media Star Wars for over thirty years.

    I did however invest over a thousand dollars in novels, comics, and RPGs. And I enjoyed them. If not for the EU, No one would care about Star Wars today.

    Proof? Star Wars and Jaws were both blockbusters. When is the next Jaws movie due out?
    It isn’t. No one cares about Jaws anymore. The EU kept Star Wars alive. Kept books on shelves. Toys in stores. People still saw Star Wars merchandise, even if they din’t buy any themselves. It was still in the public eye.

    If Disney gives me back Cade, Jaina, and the Je’Daii, maybe – maybe – I’ll care enough about their movie to actually watch it. Until then I have a Legacy game to run, a game set in the Real Clone Wars to plan, and some ideas on how to revamp the system to do the Dawn of the Jedi.

  3. I never actually read any of the expanded universe material, so I don’t have any real emotional investment in that particular argument. I do know people who agree with you, though. But aren’t there at least 2 separate continuities in the written work?

  4. Damn, and here I was thinking I was the only one thinking this. Recently had a facebook exchange with an SJW “friend of a friend” who was flat out insistent that Rey was the best, strongest character ever, and so not a mary sue – and equally insistent that both Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader were weak characters with little backstory or plotting in the movies. I gave up at that point and went to do something useful like watching paint dry.

    The TFA would be better if Daisy Ridley could managed a couple of additional facial expressions other than “bemused”, and three quarters of the cast didn’t look like they just stepped out of school and onto the set.

  5. TFA did it’s job: it erased the stank of the prequels. We got back a lived-in universe, got back Han Solo, got some great visuals. Sure, it has flaws but it felt like Star Wars and that was enough.

  6. Monarch71 – While the original Marvel comics are semi-ignored, all Dark Horse comics, all the novels (from multiple publishers), and the video games, are considered to be a single continuity – even when they contradicted each other.

    So the EU is not without faults. Kevin Anderson and Mike Stackpole being two of the biggest. But to me, Chewbacca has been dead for over 20 years – they dropped a moon on him. Luke, Han, and Leia are retired. Luke’s son Ben , and their daughter Jaina and granddaughter Allana, are the present generation.

    And I want to know how we get from there to Ben’s great-grandson Cade, and Jaina’s great-granddaughter Marasiah. And how Princess Allana’s descendant ended up with Rey’s backstory.

  7. I actually enjoyed the prequels (i’m not saying they aren’t flawed) but my list of issues with them is a lot shorter than my list of issues with TFA. I think more people would have disliked TFA if it didn’t give us the one thing we wanted – The original cast.

  8. The movie was fun. That was my number 1 concern. I am a huge fan of the Terminator series as a whole. I enjoyed the “Everything wrong with Terminator: Genisys” as much as the actual movie. Plot holes you can fly an airbus through? Rose colored glasses? Check. Same goes for Star Wars. I also appreciate a sequel that also acts as a reboot or remake (I’m looking at you Superman Returns.) It’s okay to have guilty pleasures. Just don’t make it out to be more than it actually is.

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