One of the rules of the Internet is that every time you think you’ve seen the stupidest thing ever, you’ll be proven wrong. It never fails. I cannot count the number of times when I have seen something so dumb that my brain is like, “this can’t get any dumber. Humanity has finally reached the bottom of the stupidity hole.” Then some mother-fucker says, “hold my beer!” and I am giving a shovel all over again. It’s a rule that goes all the way back to 2006 when YouTube came onto the scene. Once humanity possessed the ability to upload videos of what it does, we realized that the well of human stupidity really reaches no bottom. It’s an endless void where it almost appears that people are trying to one-up each other on the stupidity scale.
With that in mind, I just saw a meme with Steven (the moron) Crowder at the table and it has the sign “Rey isn’t a Mary Sue, Anakin from the Phantom Menace is.” I read that, and my brain had this thought – do people just not remember anymore that the prequel trilogy was hated? Has the corporate nerd media campaign to make the prequels out to be good actually convinced people that they aren’t still remembered by a vast majority of the community as trash? Especially The Phantom Menace? I guess it has, because people are spewing this nonsense about Anakin now, as some weird defense of Rey. I am so confused.
I mean, I guess the reason they are doing this is because you can’t do with Luke Skywalker. When we first meet him, he’s getting his ass kicked by Sand People and having this little laser droid blasting him. His ability to use the Force is incredibly limited, and over the course of the series, we see him train and his abilities grow. Plus, they take the time in the original film to show that he knows how to pilot, and that his abilities run in the family. So there is just no opening to make the Mary Sue argument for him the way that it is WIDE OPEN for Rey.
It’s just baffling to me that they decide to go after Anakin. Yeah, he was a Mary Sue. A poorly written, poorly acted little altruistic angel. At least in The Phantom Menace, which is what the meme I saw was alluding to. He was amazing at stuff that he had never done, and everyone just thought that he was the messiah. Here’s the thing – people called that out. People called out how awful that character was 1,000 ways from Sunday all over the Internet, way back in the day. Still got warm feelings in my heart for Red Letter Media’s takedown of the entire prequel trilogy. It was savage, to say the least. Ironically enough, they address the fact that so much nerd media is trying to be nice to the prequels in their takedown of The Force Awakens, where they savage the articles praising them.
Neat fact – people say that no one from the prequels got as much hate as Daisy Ridley did for Rey. That is just wrong. That’s ignorant of what happened. Jake Lloyd, who played Anakin in The Phantom Menace, got so much hate for that film that he now hates the Star Wars franchise and refuses to see anything associated with it ever again. If Twitter had been a thing back in 1999, I can’t even imagine how ugly his page would have been. The hate found him all the same. He won’t talk about Star Wars or anything associated with it. So yeah, Daisy Ridley has received some ugly stuff online, but she’s not alone in this. Not by a long-shot.
Something else that’s kinda neat – pretty much everyone who has associated themselves with this franchise now hates it. Harrison Ford hated doing it so much that part of the reason they had his character frozen at the end of Empire Strikes Back is because they didn’t know if they would be able to get him back for the sequel. Carrie Fisher has said she wishes she had never done any of those movies. Alec Guinness, who played the original Obi-Wan Kenobi said that this film was the low point of his career and he could not begin to understand why people liked these movies. John Boyega has said that Disney will never be able to get him into anything associated with this franchise again. Daisy Ridley has said that she never wants to do this again. Hayden Christiansen’s career nose-dived after the prequel trilogy. This franchise seems to cause a lot of hate. Funny how that works.
It’s interesting to me how this franchise has become a noose around Disney’s neck. You almost have to give Kathleen Kennedy a nod to how she could take a franchise that has been printing George Lucas money for the last 30 years and make it a financial black hole. Disney has outright-lied about how much money they lost on Solo: A Star War Story. They say roughly $77 million loss, but I don’t buy that for a minute. Red Letter Media also did a great breakdown of how much Disney had to have lost with that, and I don’t buy that they didn’t lose anything less than $100 million. The Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge was drastically underperforming pretty hard last year. This year nothing is performing, due to COVID. The toy sales for the new films are in the tank. It seems even the cuteness of Baby Yoda couldn’t save the sales where the numbers are losing money and they have stopped trying to make toys of the newer films.
You have to be impressed that the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy was able to take something that printed money and have it losing money. It’s gotten so bad that there are elements within Lucasfilm who, if the rumors are to be believed, are trying to find ways to underhandedly remove the sequel trilogy from canon. With Kennedy’s contract up in 2021, and it almost being certain that she will be gone once it is, part of me wonders how Disney is looking to make up lost revenue. They spent $4.4 billion to buy this franchise, thinking they would get their money back with tons of friends. Part of me wonders if they actually have even gotten back what they spent.
What was all this about again? Oh right, the meme I saw. Trying to cover for Rey by bringing up a universally-despised character from the previous films is just such a fail. Someone should have told them that. Everyone hates both those characters.
Until next time, a quote,
“We interrupt this film to apologize for this unwarranted attack by the supporting features. Luckily, we have been prepared for this eventuality, and are now taking steps to remedy it.” – Narrator, Monty Python and the Meaning of Life