Pockets of the Star Wars fandom are expecting a desperate Lucasfilm to retcon the most controversial parts of Star Wars: The Last Jedi out of existence with Star Wars 9, but it’s pretty safe to say that won’t happen. After all, you only need look at how Disney handled the much more roundly reviled Star Wars prequels in their new canon.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi released almost eight months ago, but we’re still very much in the first wave of debate over Rian Johnson’s continuation of the Skywalker Saga. Like the Resistance and First Order at the heart of the new trilogy, conflict is locked in a stalemate of unclear balance; complaints and defenses over all aspects of the film – from the recharacterization of Luke Skywalker to the balance of bathos – have become more crystallized in that time, yet reevaluation from either side is a long way off. What is unavoidable from wherever you sit, though, is that the mood around the continuation of Star Wars has certainly changed.
Of course, it’s like poetry, it rhymes. Like the Resistance and First Order are echoes of previous Galactic forces, so too is this debate; it may take place in a new age of the internet over a shorter period of time, but Star Wars has been here before, with audiences equally irate and divided by the prequel trilogy. And that’s also true of the expectation that Lucasfilm will, in some narrative form, attempt to overwrite Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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