Topic: Movies & TV
Star Wars woke up while Star Trek went back in time. The same director responsible for reviving the Star Trek movies, J.J. Abrams, was responsible for reviving the Star Wars movies, but the outcomes were different. Why is this?
A LITTLE BACKGROUND:
If the filmmakers had gone back and rebooted the Star Wars story like they had the Star Trek story, the large fan base, which is comprised of several generations, would have been very upset.
According to Cinema Blend, the next Stark Trek movie is being written in a way that appeals less to the original retro style and fan base, but seems to appeal to a newer audience. On the other hand, the new Star Wars movie embraces its retro foundations, which may have caused George Lucas some disappointment, according to Polygon.
Trekkies and Warsies can go back and forth all day about which franchise is better and why. Warsies will stay Star Wars is better and that's why things turned out the way they did, but I am not going to get into that argument. I have another theory about what may have played a role in this outcome.
Although it has put out many different shows and movies through the generations, Star Trek has not appealed to all the generations the way Star Wars has. This is perhaps because of the timings.
While Star Trek continuously put out product after product, there was a large gap between the original Star Wars trilogy and the prequel Trilogy. Star Trek captured one generation and just kept pressing its content upon the public. It did not give anyone a break.
Star Wars, on the other hand, released an incomplete trilogy of groundbreaking movies to a couple generations that discovered the series together (i.e. my grandparents and parents). When the prequel trilogy was finally released, those generations were still craving more, and they brought the next generation (mine) along to discover the galaxy. This provided an opportunity to hook yet another generation with fresh material, and it worked.
It was George Lucas' timing that perhaps got all of the generations interested in Star Wars and has kept them interested, so that the story has remained very relevant and must continue even after all these years.
With this in mind, is Disney's plan to release a new Star Wars movie every year for as long as possible a good idea? (See Polygon.) Will my children enjoy it the way the rest of my family does?
- James D. McIntosh Jr.
P.S. The other planned Star Wars post coming soon!
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