So everyone is all up in arms saying, “Oh no! Disney bought Star Wars… now they’ll re-release the films and turn Darth Vader into Darth Donald Duck!”
Clearly you’re afraid of what might happen, but have you forgotten that fear is the path to the dark side? Instead, join your internal Rebel Alliance, pilot an X-wing along the Death Star of your mind, and deliver a perfect blast to its negativity exhaust port. Then, open yourself up—right down the middle, like a Tauntaun on Hoth—to accept the potentially bright future for this epic franchise that we all love so much. Because the reality is there’s no way Disney could make Star Wars any worse. Yeah, you heard me! Despite how amazing the original trilogy was—and how good some of the novelizations or games have been since—Star Wars has always been a bit of a joke.
“How dare you, Ajay! The original trilogy was flawless! Everything before the prequels is amaaaazing!”
That’s just how you’ve chosen to remember it, because when you’re a kid, everything is awesome. As an adult, you’ve selectively forgotten how ridiculous the Christmas special was, and that was released between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. You’ve completely forgotten about 1984’s TV movie, Caravan of Courage: The Ewok Adventure, where Wicket and the Ewoks help a stranded brother and sister reunite with their parents. And then there’s 1985’s Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, where the parents and brother die in the first 10 minutes! So believe me when I say Star Wars is not, and never was, the be-all and end-all of sci-fi fandom.
But now the studio that brought us The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Avengers is overseeing George Lucas' sacred franchise. I say give up your fear and step away from the dark side of The Force. It’s time for the “Return of the Jedi.” Let this “Empire Strike Back” because Disney is exactly what Star Wars needs right now: “A New Hope.”
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