Back in 1983, Star Wars fanatics everywhere lined up for Return of the Jedi, their expectations through the roof for the next installment in the series. It was a satisfying sequel overall, but one element rubbed a lot of people the wrong way: the repetition of the Death Star storyline. The opening crawl promises a station “even more powerful than the first dreaded Death Star,” yet in the movie, it’s basically just the exact same thing again.
Couldn’t the film have given us something different? Do we really need another climax that involves blowing up a giant planet-sized base? That complaint could be cast aside, though, considering how awesome the movie was otherwise. Besides, surely we won’t see anything like the Death Star again. That would be absurd.
Leaving The Force Awakens 32 years later, it’s hard not to feel a sense of déjà vu, as this latest movie repeats Jedi‘s mistake to a T. It’s similarly satisfying and overall an excellent entry into the series, but Disney simply cannot break free of the past to truly surprise us.
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