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ARCHIVE Day 78: Solo: An Apologetic Star Wars Story

Original Release: May 24th, 2018

Do you guys want to tell him or should I? Cause he’s being a little too optimistic.

It’s been a while since I talked about Star Wars, and with Solo coming tomorrow, I figured now would be the best time to ask the question: do we still care?

We all know what happened. Last Jedi came out, the fan-base became divided, and the reputation of the franchise was severely injured. It was only made worse after the huge blow that was EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2, which was a sixty-dollar disrespectful cash-grab.

In short, 2017 was a rough year to be a Star Wars fan.

Now, I’m not knocking Solo out yet. Maybe it’ll prove to be the saving grace the franchise might be needing. Perhaps it’ll be one great big apology to the people who hated the Last Jedi (like myself). Or maybe it’ll be the first nail in the coffin and become the lowest-grossing Star Wars film of all time.

Personally, I think Solo looks kind of fun. I don’t think Han himself was very well cast, Orlando Bloom looks like an older Lando to me than a younger one (though he has proven to be a great actor, so I’m excited regardless) and I’m not sure I’ll care about the story from what we’ve seen. But the action looks fun and ridiculous, and the new side characters look like a fun group.

Who knows? Maybe it’ll be better than I think. Maybe it’ll be worse. Either way, the only way to know is to see it.

Will I go see it? Not on opening night, I’m not. Not only do I not want to deal with crowds, but I don’t want to risk it after Last Jedi. I will see it eventually, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not seeing it until I know how other people felt about it.

You’re on thin ice, Solo. Please don’t make too many missteps. I don’t want to see Star Wars go the way of so many other franchises: gradually dropping in quality until Disney just decides to kill it.

No pressure or anything.

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