It only tried to make you go "holy shit that's cool" but it didn't even bother having it make sense with anything else - not with the rest of the series, but also not even with itself. Breaking your expectations is fine, but you should still expect it to make sense.
It also tried too hard to ignore the deference you would expect - Luke tossing aside the lightsaber like it was just a dumb rock set the tone for the whole thing. This isn't a bad thing in itself and it's nice that some of it was funny, but there's just so much of it that it went straight into meme material, and that's just terrible.
Yes, there were good ideas, and a good attempt at making a point, but it was just executed in a terrible way.
No one went in expecting a checklist of things you're allowed to do in Star Wars. People disliked how episode 7 was too much of a copy of 4. People wanted something new.
Luke's ghost battle was a great way to do something new and unexpected, and it really was jaw-dropping, but then it fucks everything up by killing him anyway. If they were going to kill him, it made no sense to not make him come in person, but it was too busy inserting more cool and more messiah complex that ended up completely pointless.
Episode VI was "Return of the Jedi" and the eponymous Jedi is not who the audiences expected at first.... Wait, who did people expect the Jedi to be ? Episode 5 was all about Yoda training Luke to be a Jedi and we already saw Obi-Wan as a Force Ghost. Who else were people thinking about ? Not Vader, was it ?
If I struggled to the end of my determination, to the end of my way of life with my followers, if the result is ruin, then this ruin is inevitable. Grieve. Shed tears. But you cannot regret.
Last Edit: April 13, 2019, 06:45:00 pm