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Star Wars Time: The Good, The Bad, and The Walrus Tits of ‘The Last Jedi’ – A Fanboy Debate

SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI!

Star Wars Nation, we are back with a fresh new episode of Star Wars Time, and in it Nick and I take a deep dive into all things Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In our last cast we pre-gamed for the film’s release, so now that it is here we spend almost two hours debating the highs and lows of the film, and how divisive it has become for hardcore and casual Star Wars fans. I think both of us thought that this movie would be the second coming of Force Jesus after the critics universally praised it, but after we each took in our own screenings, it was clear that this movie didn’t resonate with fans the same way it did with critics.

I quite frankly loved the film and came out of my first screening with only a few minor gripes about how Luke was handled, but outside of that I found the fact that none of my theories were remotely true to be refreshing and a great surprise. I appreciated the fact that Rian flipped this Star Wars movie on its head and completely changed how a Skywalker saga Star Wars movie can go. The sheer wow factor of some of the plot choices just blew me away, which is why I enjoyed Rian’s vision so much. Again, it’s not a perfect Star Wars movie in my opinion, because there are a few wonky issues — namely the look of Space Leia and Luke’s overall journey — but in the end the fact that it didn’t give use fanboys exactly what we wanted to see, makes it special to me. Star Wars fans bitched about TFA being to similar to ANH, so we got a new Star Wars movie that broke ranks, which is refreshing no matter how you slice it.

Nick on the other hand didn’t hate the movie in the least — hell, he gave it an 8.2/10 — but he didn’t find nearly as much enjoyment and hope of what’s to come as I did. His main issues lie with the narrative moving forward based on how things went down in TLJ. He feels that much of the emotional baggage surrounding the main characters may have been weakened beyond repair, which could affect how audiences take to them moving forward. In the end though, Nick’s biggest gripes were with how Luke Skywalker was handled, and I do agree with his thoughts completely and did want Luke to be more like the hero I remembered him to be, but the direction he was given sat much better with me than Nick, so we don’t truly align on our thoughts on how Luke was handled.

In the end though, we have a great debate. We aren’t here to shit on how you felt about The Last Jedi. If you hated it, that is cool. If you loved it, that is cool. If you fell asleep during it, good for you for catching up on some sleep. Even though we don’t see eye-to-eye, Nick and I do show that two hardcore Star Wars fans can disagree over our thoughts without reducing ourselves to hateful scumbag children. Yeah, I’m talking about you dopes signing petitions to have the movie retconned from canon, or those idiots saying it’s worse than the prequel movies. Grow up, it’s a movie, not real life.

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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of EntertainmentBuddha.com where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.