Has Disney Ruined Star Wars?


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The clashing of lightsabers, the Millennium Falcon going through hyperspace, and the Death Stars blowing up Alderaan.  These are symbols of one of the most popular franchises of all-time Star Wars.  Lately, many fans are losing hope about Star Wars’ future under Disney.  Disney’s decisions to get rid of the Expanded Universe, ignoring Star War video games, and most importantly, the failure of the new movies have angered many fans.  

The Expanded Universe was officially declared non-canon or not part of the official Star War story on April 25, 2014.   Disney removed these 300 stories because they wanted to create their own stories without having to worry if the story contradicts the pre-established universe.  The “creative freedom” Disney has given itself has gotten many fans to say that it was their quickest way to rake up money.  By including original actors and by appealing to casual fans who are willing to do anything to get a new movie, they can easily still make a lot of money even if the movie isn’t that good.  The community suggested that instead of getting rid of the Expanded Universe, they could have turned the stories into movies, especially since they already took stories from the Expanded Universe.  Rogue One is an example that is a copy of the video game Dark Force made 20 years earlier.  Fans would prefer to see a movie with intergalactic Yuuzhan Vong invading the Star Wars galaxy or fan-favorite Thrawn coming to restore the Empire 5 years after Emperor Palpatine was killed. 

Another reason why fans were angry was that Disney started ignoring Star Wars video games.  In the 2000s, many great Star War games came out like the Knights of the Old Republic, Republic Commando, Battlefront, The Force Unleashed, and Rogue Squadron.  These games were a great way for fans to keep in touch with Star War even when there wasn’t a movie coming out.  In 2013 however, Disney gave EA the exclusive rights to make Star Wars video games, giving them a monopoly on Star Wars games.  Within five years, the company was only able to make two games which were both remakes of the original game battlefront 1 and 2.  Many fans said it was much better despite being ten years older and from a smaller company with only 200 employees at its closure, unlike EA, a billion-dollar company with three studios working on the project, including DICE.  Battlefront 1 had additional paid content, with Battlefront 2 being pay-to-win and the campaign being a lousy story.  If they want to get cash in their pocket, just make an HD version of the original game and charge a ridiculous price to buy it.  With EA license ending in two years, they still haven’t been able to produce a good game that fans will enjoy playing while they wait for the next Star Wars show to watch.

One thing that makes fans mad is that Disney does not understand how Star Wars works like hyperspace.  One example is in Star Wars: The Last Jedi when Admiral Holdo helps the Resistance escape to the planet Crait by hyperspacing through the First Order fleet destroying the fleet.  The definition of going through hyperspace is entering into another dimension, making this not possible.  If it was possible, they could have done this to Starkiller base and both of the Death Stars.  The new movies also have a lot of similarities to the original trilogy, like Starkiller’s base being yet another planet killer like the Death Star, the battle of Crait showing the Resistance outnumber but still manages to escape and fight another day like in the battle of Hoth, and the Battle of Exegol is like the Rebel final battle in the Battle of Endor.  The Rise of Skywalker -the Star Wars movie with the lowest rating- also forgets that Anakin Skywalker turns back to the light side.  Disney shows Kylo Ren wanting to be like him but doesn’t acknowledge that he helped destroy the Empire in the end.  They also returned Emperor Palpatine without a good explanation of how instead of adding a new villain, which could have been Snoke, he dies from Kylo lightsaber.  The anthology films ended without the bang the community expected.  

Star Wars means a lot to millions of fans who grew up with this show, and if Disney could not respect this show, these characters, these stories, the universe that’s been built up over 40 years, then Disney does not have the right to own Star Wars.