On Star Wars Ambivalence

We’ve had the Revenge of the Sith game in the demo units at work the past week. Someone’s entered a cheat code in the XBox version and unlocked all the movies.

The game’s Anakin ending is pretty damn cool, actually.

There’s a part of me that wants the film to suck and suck hard. Why have I hated Lucas since 1997? Why can’t I recognize all the good he’s done? Why can’t I let go of the anger and the hatred? For several years now I feel as though the time and money I spent on Star Wars was a giant waste. I bought Shadows of the Empire–novel, comic, soundtrack, game. I suffered through one Kevin J. novel after another. That’s the part of me that wants Sith to suck hard, to validate a decade’s worth of disappointment and disillusionment in a franchise that I loved in my younger days.

Which is why I’m half-afraid I might find something to like, even admire, in Sith. What that could be I don’t know. I don’t know if I want to find out.

Damn! Heir to the Empire I couldn’t wait for. Now, I’m fucking ambivalent about the whole thing. Damn!

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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