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Has your imagination decreased?

Discussion in 'General Sequel Trilogy Discussion' started by cassidy, Jul 14, 2019.

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Has your interest in the latest Star Wars films increased or decreased from TFA to TROS?

  1. Decreased. These movies are awful.

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  2. Increased. These movies are amazing.

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  1. cawatrooper

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    Interesting question!

    I think in general, my imagination on what could possibly happen has probably decreased, if for no other reason than we have a lot more context now. Luke isn't Kylo, we kinda know the characters now, we've seen some twists already play out... not that I think we aren't in store for some crazy stuff, but I think a blank slate is usually the best facilitator for pure imagination.

    However, my interest has significantly increased. As a kid, I was a huge Star Wars fan, up until about my senior year of high school in 2009. I watched Clone Wars every now and then, and still enjoyed the series, but I was much less interested in it by that point. The Force Awakens trailer intrigued me quite a bit, but even then I wasn't terribly excited for it.

    The week before TFA released, I rediscovered my love of Star Wars with my wife. She, having never seen a single movie in the series before, decided she wanted to binge them all in a week. We ran through the OT first (which she loved) and the PT (not her favorite, though through no fault of my own tainting of her opinion). Then we went to see The Force Awakens, and it became one of her favorite things. We got super into Star Wars board games, video games, and watch the movies all the time. Now, we're both big fans.

    Though we both got a little deflated after Solo (her much more than me, which I guess makes sense given all the EU references in it that I was much more privy to) we're in full on hype mode again after April's trailer.
     
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  2. Phil J

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    It is an unusually worded question. My imagination has remained the same, it is just the way in which I utilised it that is different.
     
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    Increased, all of it.

    Naturally with there being concrete stories in canon, you do lose the limitless potential possibilities of what could be in canon, but you simultaneously get mental ‘food’ for further possibilities if enough is left open, which IMHO it has been, in spades.

    In the context of this question, I want to give a special shoutout for Solo: A Star Wars story, which I think gave us a glimpse of the limitless potential of Star Wars films outside the Skywalker Saga - Rogue One does that to some extent too, but to me felt more cloesly tied, for (hopefully) obvious reasons.

    But even within the Skywalker Saga, the ST gave us loads of threads that could be taken up in future material, or if not that then left for fans to speculate and hypothesise about.
     
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    I have seen the film Rogue One and have read the books Rebel Rising and the novelisation of the film- both of which helped to satisfy my imagination. I have not seen Solo but having read the book, the way in which it was described I did not feel I needed to. I agree that both were useful in showing how Star Wars could go outside of the Skywalker Saga.

    A notable comparison is JJBA, as well as the main Joestar Saga, there have been subsequent supplementary works exploring the perspectives of side characters, introducing new concepts and exploring other possibilities:
    • Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe
    • Rohan at The Louvre
    • Under Execution Under Jailbreak
    • Purple Haze Feedback
    • JJBA Over Heaven
    • The Book: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure 4th Another Day
    • Jorge Joestar
    List is not exhaustive.

    Myself I have only read Rohan at The Louvre but was blown away by the poetic and whimsical feel of the story. Even if someone has not read JJBA, it is something that will appeal to them. There was an OVA of Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
     
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    Thinking back to this question... I do think that in some ways, my imagination is still quite active, but applied differently.

    As a DM for an ongoing D&D campaign, I now often use my imagination in a way that's both confined and refined by rules and narrative comprehensions. This also involves thinking wildly outside of the box, as well as trying to account for as many variables and possibilities as possible. I'm not making up a story in my head, but a branching set of potential stories and ways to handle player decisions. It's a great creative outlet!
     
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    I don't know how to answer this question. As far as the ST went for me what made it interesting was the

    Like many things, it depen
    Exactly. It all comes down to who is doing the cooking and the ingredients.

    When I think of Star Wars, Dune and Star Trek etc. I think of vast worlds, cultures and grandiose cities and politics. There was very, very little of that in the ST. It was a borderline re-fried version of the OT. But what saved it was the character study. Often there is nothing more fascinating than the working of the human heart, or the heart at war with itself. But not everything that is grand spectacle has depth and substance. Sometimes a simple 'slice of life' story can be the most profound thing .

    Rian Johnson took the TLJ and gave us a very interesting film about a silver lining in failure (I wish I could be credited with this summation but it's not me). And to their credit JJ Abrams took the baton that Rian laid out and continued that journey.

    When it comes down to it for me, good storytelling is what counts and I will follow it regardless.
     
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