A Year of STAR WARS Controversies: Can the Franchise Recover?


Star Wars Controversies: The Last Jedi


We can’t really say that turmoil engulfing the franchise began with The Last Jedi, but that turmoil has certainly been the most impactful. Director Rian Johnson has admitted that he wanted to take the franchise in a different direction and subvert expectations. In doing so, however, he polarized the fan base and created a Sith-like dichotomy of absolutes. People either loved or hated Episode VIII; there’s little in between that I’ve seen. Reaction has ranged from adoration to fans starting grassroots movements to remake the film. The franchise had never seen something so divisive in its forty-year history until now.