"Let the past die, kill it if you have to"

- Kylo Ren, The Last Jedi

It's bizarre, and unintentionally ironic, that this quote appeared in the most recent episodic Star Wars movie, when in reality Lucasfilm, the creators of all things Star Wars, have no such intention of letting the past die, particularly not when they know they can milk the nostalgia of die-heart Star Wars fans into cold hard cash.  I understand the infatuation with the original trilogy, its world, its characters, etc; I can even understand the malignant hatred with which the prequels are held in some quarters of the Star Wars fandom; but I don't understand the insistence on Lucasfilm's part to centre everything in this new post-Disney Star Wars around the original trilogy, and its characters.

The announcement recently that Logan director James Mangold would write and direct a movie centred on everyone's favourite, but highly inept, bounty hunter Boba Fett, follows on from long-standing rumours of Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, a Lando standalone with Donald Glover, and even a Jabba the Hutt movie.  This follows the recently released Solo: A Star Wars Story, set during the interim of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.  The romanticisation of the period of Star Wars lore surrounding the original trilogy is hurting the Star Wars brand, as everything is familiar; which, is arguably what Lucasfilm is going for.  I don't know if this is Lucasfilm's way of pandering to fans that hated the prequels, by seemingly giving them what they think they want, while simultaneously alienating large sections by what they're doing in the current trilogy with the original characters.

Star Wars has survived as long as it has because of more than the original trilogy, look at the games, the toys, the novels, the TV shows; all of these have contributed to an extensive lore that has largely been unexplored on the big screen.  The galaxy is too large to be confined to a period of 20 years between episode three and four, and I hope some of the new anthology movies explore the Star Wars universe in a different time period, such as the Old Republic.  That period of Star Wars lore would be perfect for a series of films.  If you don't believe me, look no further than the cinematic trailers released before the MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic was released, and you'll see how rich and cinematic a series of movies based on that period could be.  Leave the original trilogy and their characters alone, they've had their stories told.  It's time for a new era of Star Wars movies to begin.  

Who am I?

My name is Stuart Kilmartin, and I hail from Galway, Ireland.

I studied English Literature at NUI Galway (B.A. & M.A.).  Spent many a moon reading Edgar Allan Poe & I can recite Ozymandias, by Percy Shelley, word for word; it's irrelevant, but I'm proud of it.

Deep-rooted passion for all things film and television.  For those who say David Lynch is too obscure, I agree; and yet, I love him.

I started this blog with the intention of getting my thoughts out there and to gain more experience in entertainment writing; and to prove that all those years watching movies weren't time wasted.

I've been writing for over a year now, and I've collaborated with ComicBuzz & Headstuff, where I've had a number of pieces published.  Check out some of my other published work here  http://comicbuzz.com/author/stuartkilmartin/ or https://www.headstuff.org/author/stuart-kilmartin/ 

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