My brother and I have been continuously discussing with one another our thoughts and hopes for the latest (and final) entry in the main Skywalker saga. We both share a fond admiration for Star Wars, and since our last trek together in December 2017, we maintain that fondness with a shred of skepticism. I’m not going to spend much time going over my thoughts on The Last Jedi, but I will admit I didn’t like the film as much as I wanted, especially in light of its presentation and handling of certain characters. Both low and high marks aside, I walked away from that experience with one question in mind: what now? Little did I know that a few moments later my brother would be asking me the same question. Where do we go from here?
The question is two-fold: narratively, where do you go with these characters, and more personally, how do you go forward as a fan? I have my own personal thoughts and opinions regarding how it should or should not happen, and it will no doubt differ from one person to the next. I have to be prepared to go along a journey completely out of my control. I may be disappointed or I may be pleasantly surprised. For now, I hold onto hope.
Call me an optimist, but I’m rooting for Star Wars. I’m rooting for the creatives and powers at be to bring the saga back home. Like a prodigal child, going back home is not as bad as it seems during times of unrest. Give me home. Give me that warm fuzzy feeling I once had when I was a kid. If the teaser, images, and reports coming out have anything to say and show, it’s looking to be a return in a way that both feels familiar and fresh going forward. Knights of Ren, you say? Let’s go. New worlds and terrains? Sounds good. Cackling Palpatine? Interesting, for sure. To quote another: “you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention.”
Not everyone will be pleased, and that is to be expected. In the end, all will be fine. Star Wars will live on and thrive as long as we maintain a fervent spirit.