Can’t remember if I posted the below video or not, it’s pretty great though so I erred on the side of you needing to have seen this.
A lot went down with the prequel movies, more than I have the energy or time to really go into, but it’s safe to say that few were happy with them. This guy does a pretty good job of dissecting what went wrong and where it could have gone better. Seriously, I wish this had been episode two.
But what I mainly wanted to discuss was where they’re going in the future. Disney owns them now, which is great as far as I’m concerned. J.J. Abrams is directing, which isn’t as great but could still end up alright. It’s not that he’s bad at what he does, but he makes action porn movies and while that holds promise for some amazing action sequences, I don’t know what else he has to offer. Look at the prequels, action isn’t the issue, it’s story, acting, plot, tone, just about everything else in fact.
So, what I want to see:
First, a villain. Someone to make your blood run cold, someone who pisses you off but you can’t help but like, someone who is evil and bad-ass and iconic. Give me someone to prefer over Vader, someone who will own this movie and make it theirs. I want power and tone and moments that we will play across the internet for years to come and will give us goosebumps when our kids watch it.
Second, a hero. Honestly, this is less important to me but I’d like to have them exceed my expectations anyway. I’d love to be in a situation where I can’t decided whose better, the villain or the hero.
Third, a team. Star Wars, at least until we get to a different style of movie (such as a Boba Fett spinoff) are an action adventure, fantasy, space opera that revolves around a group of people. Luke, Leia, Han, the droids, the people who are just there because their awesome. Give me that. I want the hero but I also want his characters to feel like they would be capable of their own stories as well. Give me a roster to rival the greatest teams in any fiction.
Lastly, give me something epic. I want moon-sized space stations that blow up planets, massive semi sentient shipyards that draw their energy from stars, aliens I can’t believe (not aliens I can’t stand) and monsters, monsters, monsters.