STUDENT VOICES: Why Disney might ruin the Star Wars series

Noah Wilson is a student in Lauren Frodsham’s Writing 11 class at Belmont secondary

Star Wars is one of the biggest franchises of all time.

It has defied expectations and transcended the boundaries of generations.

In 2015 the series returned and was welcomed by a more devoted fan base than ever.

But with a new film scheduled for every year until 2020, and many still floating around as ideas, the iconic aspect of the series may be nearing its final years.

Disney seems to be following in the footsteps of their own massively successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, etc.), by releasing a dense outpouring of interconnected films featuring unique characters and stories, as well as one flagship “main story.”

This is an extremely profitable strategy as it allows different filmmakers to be making their own movie in completely separate locations at the same time, and the films are released in such close proximity that the excitement never really dies down.

What enables the studio to do this with Marvel properties though, is that superhero stories are manufactured to have an infinite amount of sequels, whereas the Star Wars franchise is centred on larger, more tonally similar events within its universe, leaving the series with a fairly limited amount of stories to tell.

Each new entry in the Star Wars canon falls deeper into the forgettable onslaught of modern blockbusters.

2018 will give us a recast Han Solo movie, which, if it’s successful, could gain a sequel or even grow into its own trilogy.

I should be thrilled about this, as Han Solo is one of my personal favourite film characters of all time.

He’s charismatic, fun, and more than anything well-developed.

But as the leading man of his own series, the pop culture icon could really lose some of his initial charm and mystery.

Think about Yoda. With little screen time, he was one of the best parts of the original trilogy.

But facing overexposure in the prequels, many of his loveable traits became annoyances.

This could be seen as a metaphor for where the entire franchise is heading.

The problem isn’t that Disney is going to employ bad filmmakers, or that they plan to cheap out on producing the movies. What’s worrisome is that, no matter how well made something is, too much of a good thing can cause the original property to rapidly lose its effect.

There’s not much to be done at this point except hope that the studio realizes the high probability of this over-saturation and is willing to take the risk of diversifying the styles of films in their Star Wars line up.

Noah Wilson is a student in Lauren Frodsham’s Writing 11 class at Belmont secondary.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

SD62 asks Colwood to help fund crossing guard at Wishart Elementary

‘We’re just overly congested,’ says PAC president

Saanich Police respond to petition for new police agency on Lindsay Buziak murder case

Petition asks Public Safety Minister to to help find justice for slain realtor

Greater Victoria has Canada’s sixth-highest ‘moving penalty’

Disparity between vacant/occupied units incentivizes renovictions and reduces mobility, researcher says

Teams finalized in last push before Pan Am Cross Country Championships

The competition is taking place at Bear Mountain Resort in Langford on Feb. 29

Fashion Fridays: The 8 best quality online stores! Shop the ultimate sales

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 18

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support the proposed changes for ICBC?

Tuesday’s provincial budget predicted a shift from shortfall to surplus in wake… Continue reading

B.C., Ottawa sign sweeping 30-year deal for northern caribou habitat

West Moberly, Saulteau co-manage new protection on two million acres

Suspect at large after stealing seaplane before crashing into another in Vancouver

Police responded to the incident at 3:30 a.m. on Friday at Vancouver Harbour

PHOTOS: 2020 BC Winter Games kick off in Fort St. John

More than 1,000 of B.C.’s best athletes will be competing over the next three days

Meet the Wet’suwet’en who want the Coastal GasLink pipeline

Supporters of the pipeline are upset only one side is being heard nationwide

Shopping cart collector at B.C. Costco awarded $583,000 after getting pinned by car

Kurtis Ryan Burdeniuk, 22, was retrieving carts when a driver backed into him in the parking lot

‘Usain Bolt he was not’: B.C. gang police seize drugs, cash after foot chase

‘The man took off running when he saw our officers approaching,’ CFSEU BC says

Most Read