New Star Wars Content: Ho Hum

In the past few months many things have happened within the Star Wars entertainment universe. We’ve had a media campaign blasting the public with promos, teasers, and intermixing promotions for Star Wars: The Force Awakens from new labels on coffee creamer to soundtrack music in car commercials.

However, there were other things for fans. The MMORG Star Wars: The Old Republic went through a complete facelift and redirection of its gaming content. Billed as a great revamping and improvement, this subscriber will soon be a former subscriber.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Spoilers abound)

So it all starts on a desert planet with Storm Troopers looking for information stored within a droid. Doesn’t this sound all too familiar? But wait, it’s not Tatooine, it just happens to look exactly like Tatooine, and has the same architecture, economy, moisture vaporators, and a hint of a Sarlac. But this planet is called Jakku, and therefore completely different. Yeah sure, what a stroke of genius!

Wait! The droid with the information isn’t R2D2, it’s has a different design and name, BB8, who (just like R2D2) serves as comic relief and makes cute noises. Another stroke of genius! It’s round features should give way to the lucrative Star Wars themed cat toy market.  Okay I’m lying. That’s not a prediction. I actually saw some Star Wars dog and cat toys yesterday in Petco.

Stroke of genious number three. The Storm Troopers may be wearing the same uniforms from the past six movies, obey every order no matter how brutal, but they’re no longer clones, and they’re working for someone else. A new evil has risen from the ashes of the Empire. It’s called The Order, and uses the same ships and uniforms as the Empire, but wait, we’re supposed to believe it’s different. Yawn!

After our heroes Rey (who is a junk scavenger just like Watto on Tattoine from Episode 1)and Fin get the droid, they board the Millenium Falcon, which just happens to be abandoned near them on Jakku. Deus Ex-Macchina (DEM) for everyone! (and more to come)

Right after they take off from Jakku, they discover hyperdrive problems (Ep. V) and Han Solo and Chewbacca just happen to be there waiting for them (DEM). Wow what a coincidence!

Sigh, our heroic foursome can’t even enjoy a cup of intergalactic tea. Pirates and smugglers have boarded Han Solo’s ship. Han owes them money (Eps. IV & V) and there’s no escape. As luck would have it, Han has some dangerous cargo, namely vicious creatures known as Rathtars. They’re let loose and devour the pirates for our heroes. What luck! Especially for Fin.

After an action sequence where the enemy pirates are eaten within seconds of being caught in a Rathtar’s tentacles, Fin gets caught by one, but this Rathtar holds him for at least a minute. That leaves more than enough time for him to be rescued by Rey.

On their way back to Rebellion territory they stop on a planet for repair parts, a perfect excuse to subject fans to another Cantina Sequence (Ep. IV). Oh boy what a coincidence! The tavern owner just happens to have Luke Skywalker’s light-sabre stored in a trunk in her basement. She gives the light-saber to Rey, who has recently discovered her force sensitivity (Ep. IV). Also, Rey will have a duel and defeat Kylo Ren, a master of the Dark Side. Huh? She’s only a raw novice at best with the force and has never held a light-saber before. But hey, if “girl-power” messages are appropriate for 21st Century Western Civilization, then it’s also good enough in a galaxy far, far away. Really? Just what were they thinking?

They eventually deliver the droid to the Rebellion (Ep IV), and a plan is made to destroy The Order’s superweapon. It’s a Death Star on steroids, and it can destroy multiple planets in one shot. The Rebellion finds the weak spot (Ep. IV) and sends Han and the others to the planet to the disable Force Field that protects the target (Ep. VI).

I’ve merely scratched the surface and this blog post could go on forever, but I think you get the idea about how this latest installment of the Star Wars saga is a truly sub-standard movie experience.

The previews for World of Warcraft, and Independence Day 2 were the best and worthiest part of my ticket price. However, Star Wars: The Force Awakens nearly put me to sleep.

The Death Star Pillow- photo by Ernesto San Giacomo

Star Wars: The Old Republic (Knights of the Fallen Empire)

There were oodles of promises that the game would be an even better invention since the wheel or white bread. However, that is not the case.

The new game content is horrifically boring. Many have rightly complained that it is just too easy. Agreed! However, the game has also become boring for the style of play. You experience all nine chapters like an instance rather than game play. One feels like you’re on a track plodding along. There are no decisions to make. In other words, you’re not playing; you’re being lead along like a dog on a leash.

Part of the enjoyment of SWTOR was crafting the right armor and weapons for your character and companions. Each class had its own story line. Now you have to take every character and run them through the same boring nine chapters.

Before the revamp, if you couldn’t get through a tough fight, then you upgraded some equipment. If that didn’t work then you called upon a guild member for aid.

There’s no difference for light or dark side either. All of the game content has become a repetitive amorphous blob.

Conclusion

Some fans were very worried when the rights to Star Wars were sold. There was talk about the new business interest destroying the saga and reducing the content in favor of some quick marketing. Those voices of doom were correct.

Of course the new style will be defended by the amount of revenue generated. However, they should keep in mind that there were legions of fans world-wide excited at the prospect of new material. They flocked to the movies and the game without even attempting or wanting to see a review. Pssst, you won’t be so lucky next time.

So were you disappointed by the film too? And have you cancelled you’re subscription to SWTOR?

12 thoughts on “New Star Wars Content: Ho Hum

  1. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but will when it comes out on DVD. To be honest, if it’s not anything like the last three moves (supposedly #1, #2 and #3), it will be good. Those three movies don’t even belong in the series, so I discard them for what they’re worth: trash.

    Am I looking forward to seeing the newest release? Yes because I heard it was more like the first three (supposedly #4, #5 and #6), which I loved. My favourite actor also plays in this one too, so even if the story line isn’t great, the movie won’t be a total loss.

    I don’t play modern electrical games–or whatever they’re called–so I can’t comment on that. The last game I got hooked on was Zelda in the early 90s.

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  2. Hi Ernesto,
    1. I didn’t know Lucas sold the rights. Thanks for the info.
    2. It doesn’t sound like you liked it. I think I only saw #1 and possibly #2.
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  3. I’ve seen every Star Wars film in theaters, own every Star Wars DVD, and was an avid player of SWTOR. It would seem that other fans have forgotten how to discern good from bad. It’s like they’re so blinded by their desire for new content that they’ll accept anything.

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  4. So here was a brilliant move by Disney. There are a lot of questions you have that they gave the answers to in the past three years. The Order is the Empire, but it was hijacked and rebranded. Jakku was an important Imperial weapons base that the Rebellion found and defeated. As for similar tech, tech travels quickly, and if you’re a desert planet, you likely have all the same sales guys with their pitches. There’s information on Finn’s training and Rey’s history (except for her parents, just life on Jakku). To me, at least BB-8 wasn’t R2-D2. DEM was him showing up in Ep 1.

    For DEM, that’s a staple of the franchise. It happens all the time to the point every table top game they release has something in it for players to create a DEM moment. I’ve only known one other table top game to give that ability naturally. There are two others where you can purchase it.

    There were a few things I didn’t like. Rey becoming really good really fast with the Force. It implies she’s many times stronger than even Anakin was. Finn not getting eaten while in the clutches of the beast. There was one more, can’t remember. But overall, Disney set the stage that this would be a new era with new characters. Despite it being a rehash (which every story is a rehash of the Hero’s Journey anyway), it set a tone for what is to come. I do not think this will be doom. I think it will give SW an incredible burst of life to become one of the forefront franchises, where it had kind of slinked back previously.

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