Friday, November 11, 2016
1. I think am more excited to see this than I was to see The Force Awakens. I mean, Wow! This looks amazing. I hope it lives up to the hype because the Episode VII gave me reason to be hopeful again for Star Wars movies. Don't burn me, Disney.
2. To millennials distraught over Donald Trump's election, please, please, PLEASE, in the name of Jesus, do not make Rogue One political. As I watched this trailer in light of Tuesday and the aftermath, it almost immediately occurred to me the film's theme - the struggle of the rebellion against impossible odds against the overwhelming might of the evil Galactic Empire - could easily be co-opted as a metaphor for the heroic opposition to the sinister Donald Trump. Given the highly diverse cast of heroes that appears absent of white men (which I'm not criticizing), pitted against the new villain, an old white guy, it's not a stretch to see how this could seized upon and embraced on social media, and become a thing. That would suck.
Star Wars is for everybody. It's not political. And it would be a crime to make it a source of division, so please don't make it one. Star Wars was my first love, and I am genuinely gratified that Rogue One (like Ep. VII) by virtue of its international cast, has the potential to allow more different kinds of people, especially children, to feel what I felt for Star Wars as a child, which was magical.
Maybe I'm being ridiculous. Maybe I'm too cynical. I hope so. Perhaps the apparent themes of unity in Rogue One will have the opposite effect and bring people together in these uncertain times. That would be cool. Here's to me being wrong. There's been a lot of that lately.