While the prequels successfully served Obi-Wan Kenobi through a number of slick action set-pieces, entertaining dialogue, and a solid performance from Ewan McGregor, revisiting fan-favorite characters rarely lives up to expectation – especially in the Star Wars series. In fact, fans maintain that a number of iconic characters were actually damaged by any appearances outside of Episode 4-6. Among other underwhelming return/prologue appearances, Yoda, easily one of the most beloved players in the franchise, was often reduced to a bouncing CGI cartoon; the mystery around Boba Fett was extinguished with a dull revelation; and, for many, the fundamental three-installment exploration of Darth Vader’s (melodramatic) origins failed to improve the character – and, conversely, actually undercut his menace in Episodes 4-6.
Even if further exploration of Luke, Leia, and Han is merely “good,” Episode 7 stands the risk of harming the tremendous affection that enthusiasts already have for the characters. After all, Lucas’ “Han Shot Second” change irked longtime followers who felt the alteration fundamentally undercut the character. Now, fast forward 30 years; what are the chances that fans will see an aged Han Solo that lives up to subjective and hyped-up expectations?
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