Wow, thanks so much for the feedback!! Please don’t be too disheartened by how many people are okay with the direction Disney is taking the franchise. I was depressed at first, too, but then I considered that many of the most vocal defenders of the sequel trilogy may actually be shills on Disney’s payroll.
I used to live in the Philippines, and I knew several people who were personally employed to run fake social media accounts for corporations and politicians, doing “damage control”. Very hush-hush stuff, and the work depressed them, but it paid well.
That said, it’s true that a lot of the love for TLJ is genuine. A lot of my friends enjoyed it because it defied expectations and challenged everything that Star Wars was built upon. But IMO, the film could have done this so much better if it had been even the least bit concerned with maintaining an internal consistency with what had already been established.
I see that you are a fellow author. Creators like you and I are critical of the media we consume, and with good reason. We want to constantly improve, and to tell good stories. Thing is, a lot of people have been conditioned to expect nothing but flashy, content-less excrement from their media. Allegory, subtlety, and nuance are vanishing as storytelling elements. Seems to me that a lot of modern-day Big Bang Theory “nerds” don’t ask for more from their entertainment than mindless filler to help them unwind and decompress at the end of the day. Moral relativism is the dominant value being pushed in all mainstream media. Flawed and inconsistent characters are now edgy and cool — never mind that they don’t make sense.
Sorry, went off on a rant there. Thanks so much for reading.