Disney sequel trilogy stains franchise


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Star Wars series poster featuring Kylo Ren and Darth Vader.

The newest Star Wars movie, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”, finished off the Disney trilogy and was subpar in comparison to the prequel trilogy. The new trilogy did not live up to the expectations created from George Lucas’s great work as the director of the original movies.

The Star Wars series is the second most successful franchise, according to Business Insider, and that is greatly due to the 9 movie series as a whole. Disney may ruin the reputation of the series if the lack of good directors and character development continues.

The inconsistency of directors in the new movies has shown a poor attempt at a renewal of the saga. J.J. Abrams directed the first and third movie out of the new trilogy, leaving the second movie “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to be directed by Rian Johnson. This kept the series from a smooth storyline or staying true to Abram’s vision. The change of directors in a movie series could be extremely detrimental because no two directors see or plan the movie the same. This is the main issue with Disney’s attempt at the new Star Wars movies; it seems as if they could not create a singular plan for the movies.

George Lucas, the sole director for the first trilogy, created the most iconic and known movies to date. The original trilogy excelled in character development, an area where the Disney trilogy lacked. For example, Anakin Skywalker brought connections to Star Wars that no other character could.

His character creates a beautiful story and connects with viewers on a personal level. Viewers were able to feel like they grew up with him until he transitioned to the dark side.

Disney’s movies do not need Anakin to fill that role, but they should have focused on stronger character development. Disney made a good move with Rey as the main character but should have used more development to make a connection between Rey and viewers feel as compelling as Anakin.

Disney should not have added to the franchise if it was not well planned or if production didn’t truly care about living up to the rest of the franchise. Disney should be open to George Lucas as the sole director again if they want the franchise to continue, or to be successful as the past movies.