One in all my favourite “bumper sticker” sayings is that battle in relationships nearly at all times outcomes from expectations not being met by one facet or the opposite.
I like that line of pondering as a result of it will possibly apply to nearly any type of relationship. Because it pertains to this submit, I’m eager about the connection between followers of an Mental Property (IP) and the IP itself. I’m pondering of this in relation to the premier of Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, which is only one week from in the present day.
The story of Obi-Wan Kenobi between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope is the one as-yet untold Star Wars story I most need to see instructed, and it is the one I most would need to take a crack at as a author. The story of a Jedi who reached the best heights of his craft, solely to undergo a failure of galactic penalties. And to make it worse, he has to dwell with the guilt of his failure for one more 20 years.
Ah, there it’s. You see it? Me laying out my very own expectations for this present, and therein lies the issue. And it isn’t a brand new or distinctive drawback, both. I might argue the idea of expectations has loomed over the Star Wars IP for a technology.
As a survivor of the brutal message board wars of the early 2000s – principally at TheForce.Web, I noticed how the discharge of the prequel trilogy combined in with fan reactions. On that board, followers typically fell into certainly one of two classes: gushers (liked Ep. 1-2-3) and bashers (hated Ep. 1-2-3). I recall thread matters like “Yoda dwelling on Coruscant is WRONG” and “Bail knew…bastard”
Probably the most poisonous evening I can recall on these boards was January 2, 2002. That evening, rumors of N’Sync showing in Assault of the Clones hit full pressure, and other people had been pissed. One thread after one other obtained began and deleted due to the language and assaults occurring quicker than anybody might hit F5 on their keyboard.
The difficulty of the Star Wars fan base getting divided is actually not new, and has advanced fairly a bit up to now 10 years since Disney bought Lucasfilm. I at all times ask myself why that’s. Why do folks get this upset on the launch of one thing new, relative to what they anticipated?
Nostalgia is a robust phrase, one which has few elements apart from emotion. For a lot of in my technology, we counted on the prequel trilogy to elicit the identical emotions in us the unique trilogy did. That is how nostalgia works. We return to one thing new in hopes it’ll assist us really feel one thing outdated.
However one factor will get in the way in which of all this: Father Time. I noticed consuming the prequel trilogy wouldn’t have the identical affect on 26, 29 and 32-year-old me as the unique trilogy had on 4, 7 and 10-year-old me. And I will surely hope I modified as an individual within the 16 years between Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace. I took that become consideration going into the prequel trilogy, and the humorous factor now’s, I really feel nostalgic for that prequel period, these 10 years between 1995 and 2005. The upcoming Obi-Wan present is just including to that feeling for me.
Projecting one’s personal expectations onto a film/present/musical artist carries inherent dangers. We aren’t within the thoughts of the creator. We do not know their ideas and avenues via their artistic course of. Whereas I liked every part George did with the prequels, I notice not everybody did. So how do I forestall myself from falling into the same lure of bitterness and disappointment?
I nonetheless sit in a level of disbelief that the Obi-Wan present is a actuality. Although we have seen two trailers and an in depth press tour, the present is absolutely occurring. However I’m attempting to get myself squarely in a head area the place I merely settle for the story as it’s introduced to me, then match it into the better Star Wars mythology.
I can be right here every of the subsequent 5 weeks with recaps of all six episodes, beginning with the double characteristic on Could 27. As a lot as I hope my expectations are met, my better achievement can be snuggling as much as the heat of nostalgia whereas dishing out with all of my expectations on the similar time.
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