You know what's worse than TLJ or Solo? Fandom. It's getting worse and worse, and this thread is full of examples. I'm more likely to let Star Wars drift from my life not because of the films, but because of the association with how toxic, insular, hateful, and divided the fanbase has become. TLJ certainly contributed to that, as did the PT before it. And while I was a hater on this site in my youth, now, with ever passing day, I just can't help but see a bunch of adults letting their lives be effected by a freaking movie.
I look at fandom and I see:
Child actor Jake Lloyd never working again and clearly on the bad side of a breakdown
Hayden Christianson quit acting
George Lucas not want to make any more movies
Daisy Ridley delete her Instagram
Kelly Marie Tran leave Instagram
...and a growing contingent of obviously socially consevative people who can't handle diversity or inclusion in their beloved franchise and assume everything is a conspiracy against their beliefs.
I love Star Wars but fandom has reached peak awfulness.
I agree with this. How Star Wars Fans Killed Star Wars. Not that the prequels or sequels were above criticism. None of them are great films by any definition. But the bitterness and sense of entitlement displayed by the fans on an ongoing basis ... there's plenty of room for legitimate criticism, but the fandom have just been complete pricks about it. Just the kind of stock internet hatedom that forecloses on any kind of reasonable discussion about anything, including quality, indepth analysis of where the films really have gone wrong from a film making standpoint. Again, not that Lucas, Johnson, Kennedy, Abrams, et. al are blameless here. But no matter what had been done in the last seven films, there would have been whining and complaining about it. And besides, the angry nerd fandom has only itself to blame for Disney's takeover of the franchise in the first place. If Disney just wants to give them the middle finger at this point, I can't say I'd blame them. They're getting what they deserve.
A part of me hopes episode IX is little more than one long Woman's Studies lecture. Let it sound like a God dam Everyday Feminism article. From start to finish. Think Rose and Jar Jar are so bad now, you spiteful little douchebags? F**k you too, sniveling little fanboys.
And that's coming from me. The bitter old Kurgan, with near two decades of anti-feminist curmudgeonery hereabouts under his belt.
Let THAT tell you what I think about all of this.