The Death of Star Wars: Hollywood is out ideas

I read an article in my @ZDNet email this morning:

Star Wars is dead, Gen-Xers. Get over it

Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. No truer words about Disney’s multi-billion dollar franchise have ever been spoken.

– By Jason Perlow @jperlow

http://www.zdnet.com/article/star-wars-is-dead-gen-xers-get-over-it/?loc=newsletter_small_thumb&ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b&bhid=20818608928730841620316679586784

I encourage you to read the article. As a Gen-X-er myself it was a fun read. Other Gens may not give a rip. I get that.

The author’s points are:

  • Star Wars is a 70’s phenom and should just stay there.
  • The reboots don’t work – they aren’t hitting point with the current crowd of viewers.
  • Let it die.
  • To the Gen-Xers out there, it will hurt, but you’ll get over it.

Enthusiasm Exists

I think @jperlow can accurately make this point for other movie series: Terminator anyone? There are some series that should just stay in their era. Agreed.

Star Wars has been one of those cultural phenoms that has expanded past our Generation. The crop of College Hires with whom I work (a very large IT Shop in Arizona) were quite excited to see Star Wars and were all buzzing about the Thursday night opening the following Friday. Bzzz Bzzz Bzzz.

BIG GRINS on their faces and lots of reminiscing about their (okay, our) favorite scenes. Is as right in there with them. It was just like the 80’s and 90’s after large premiers – before streaming Netflix introduced us to binge watching. Or DVR allowed us to delay our viewing. Everybody saw it at the same time. This Star War Opening was just that. And the next day at work with Co-Worker kids who are the age of my oldest child was a blast as we dissected and relived the movie.

Maybe @jperlow you work from home? Work in a Bah-Humbug environment? Are you the Grinch that stole Christmas (j/k – just messing with you.)

Heck, Variety is reporting Star Wars (this American phenom) ‘Storms to $494 Million’ Worldwide. That’s not chump change for a saga you think should’ve stayed in the 70’s/80’s.

J.J. Abrams: Out with the Old, In with the New

So let me nit-pick the current Star Wars series just a bit (not a lot.)

The current Star Wars is working hard to break away from the old and move on with the new. This is the same thing J.J. Abrams did with Star Trek when he killed the planet Vulcan. I am a big fan of both franchises, and that still irritates me. (The new Star Trek movies effectively eliminates all of the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager timelines. Grrr.) …

<SPOILER 🚨 ALERT><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
nse to losing Han Solo in the first movie.<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
lker join Obi Wan and Yoda in the Force.<<<<<<</SPOILER 🚨 ALERT> … But the good thing this time is we don’t lose the Star Wars timeline as we did in Star Trek.

J.J. Abrams would’ve been better off setting another Enterprise, another Rebellion, in another time … much later than the one we saw in the Gen-X 70’s and 80’s.

A Basic Problem: Hollywood itself

The Writing

The Writing in Hollywood has become stale. They writers are out of ideas.

That’s why we have so many franchise reboots, Comic Book movies.

Spider-Man is in his 3 reboot itself. (I wish they would’ve stuck with Toby MacGuire a few more years rather than marching him out talking about how enthusiastic he is for someone taking his role, after having Spider man 4 canceled before it went to Production.)

This isn’t a universal point for every movie. There are obvious examples of cool movies, but a lot of it is retread themes. As I write this in Christmas Season 2017, one of the movie releases is ‘Murder on the Orient Express.’

Political Correctness

And if there are fresh ideas, they have been lost under the suffocating blanket Politically Correctness. Hollywood is trying to pretzel everything it has to appease every group:

The Kansas City Star Article Decries:“Black heroes don’t often take the big screen. So when we get a character like Finn … Unfortunately, “The Last Jedi” often makes Finn as the guy who constantly needs to be taught a lesson and wants to escape. He deserves better.”

The LA Times Article crows …

In “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” one of the more inclusive “Star Wars” films in the franchise’s 40-year history

Good Night! You can’t win for losing. And we wonder what is happening to the writing? Well look above. And don’t forget the LGBT Crowd!

LGBTQ Respresentation

And to answer the LGBTQ-crowd, J.J. Abrams made a promise to add a Gay character to the mix. Just to keep it diverse.

First: talk about T-Boning a whole saga with something unexpected and unnecessary. (Just to make a small segment happy.)

Second: I’ve already heard people comment if that happens they’re done with Star Wars (Subject for a different blog I suppose)

Conclusion

The problem boils down to writing, and a lack of ideas because creativity has been bound in chains if trying to please too many crowds based on splintered ‘diversity.’ A good story line is secondary consideration.

This is ultimately could wind up fouling up the Star Wars franchise.

‘Diversity’ is a moving undefined target. Hollywood needs to break Free and forge ahead with interesting characters and a good plot – not just if they’re diverse. If they don’t, we are going to see one Wonderful opportunity after another suffer, and die. The Star Wars franchise is not immune.

You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.- Abraham LincolnFrom : AZQuotes.com

GOP, Trump, Alabama and 2018 Elections

I will try to make this short, sweet-n-sour, and to the point: The Alabama outcome gives nothing to indicate the direction of 2018 Elections.

This National Review Article/blog by Theodore Kupfer is drawing this response from me.

Alabama Was an Early Warning for Senate Republicans

Roy Moore’s defeat in Alabama makes it abundantly clear that all else is not equal. Moore was a uniquely terrible candidate, so there is a danger in reading too much into his defeat. Yet a surge of turnout among black voters and a swing to the left from suburban white women helped propel Doug Jones to victory, just as they propelled Ralph Northam to victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race. That trend, however incipient, has to worry Republicans.

So does the eroding support for the GOP among the rest of the electorate. Democrats lead by ten points on the generic congressional ballot, a reality check for a party that was hoping to clean up in states Trump won,

There it is. End of opinion. “so there is a danger in reading too much into his defeat”

A Path to Defeat

1. Steve Bannon came out and announced a war against the Establishment GOP (who, along with Establishment Democrats are the real threat to our country). He backed Roy Moore.

2. The Establishment got in gear:

  • Mitch McConnell withdrew all Senatorial support from Moore.
    Even Threatening to kick him out of the Senate if he got elected – a “screw you Alabama, your voice doesn’t count maneuver)
  • They cajoled multiple women to accuse Moore of wrong-doing.
    40 years old accusations! Not proof or indictment. Where’s this been all along?
    One even had the audacity to fake a year book message from Roy. (Shows how weak was the case)

3. Roy Moore did that horrible interview with Sean Hannity where he hemmed and hawed about if he did or didn’t.

4. It was pointed out Roy Moore was a horrible candidate.

I’m sure there’s more, but as an Arizona citizen looking in on Alabama, I agree: “so there is a danger in reading too much into his defeat”

The Establishment is Threatened

So Theo (or is it Ted) – the author of the article – turns his attention towards humble Arizona fretting over the outcome here.

National Review is well known Never-Trumpers.

Jeff Flake is a well known Never-Trumper.

I can see where NR and Ted are concerned about old Flake’s seat. Another Establishment Never-Trumper bites the dust. So Flake has to stand up and act as if he’s stepping down out of conscience.

Nope.

He’s stepping down cuz he’s gone get his butt kicked by a Trump supporter. And he doesn’t want to get embarrased. Or maybe he wants to retain his “I’m a credible ‘Trump-basher’ card.”

He’ll then make all his rounds on every news and cable-news network that is anti-Trump (which is pro-Democrat/Liberal) and bash Trump and real-conservatives who disagree with him. Ohhhhh the Establishment hates disagreement with their opinions. They will shut you down in the grandest of Fascist tradition.

These Establishment guys will do any-thing to show they are down for the Establishment-Struggle and to stay in that Establishment club.

Remember Flake symbolically giving to Doug Johnson in Alabama?

What a Treacherous Jack!

Country over Party He Tweeted: https://twitter.com/jeffflake/status/938160754490052609

GOP May Face Establishment Backlash in 2018

The only people / party in danger this 2018 Election cycle is the Establishment.

Oddly enough, looking for an article ‘image’ to use I encounter Neil Covuto from Fox News Business discussing this very thing in his segment:
https://youtu.be/mEz0oOJ7Yxc

People are in for a BIG surprise next year. More Patriotism -even on the back of this “so-called” Populism.

This will surprise the myopic establishment types:

  • Jeff Flake
  • Erik Erickson
  • Evan McMullin
  • Mitch McConnell
  • The author Ted from ==> National Review

The GOP will hold the government.

The Establishment will lose more seats.

#DrainTheSwamp

Obamacare – What a blessing!

HEADLINE: Obama urges signups for Obamacare before the Deadline:

(Read the Story)So this got me to thinking:

Today I looked into what it would cost for me to sign up for Obamacare. As Nanci Pelosi said, “You have to pass the bill to find out what’s in the bill.”8 years later – we’re finding out. Just awesome.See Nancy Pelosi giving it to us “straight” (YouTube)

The following are my browser screen shots.

I am not eligible for Government Assistance

– So I would have to pay the full monthly premium.

– Those (below the appropriate income level)

My Eligibility for Obamacare

Here are my plans ranging from:

$1,258/month == $15,096/year

$1,525/month == $18,300/year

$1,925/month == $23,100/year

$13,600 with The following Copayments:

◦ Emergency room care: No Charge After Deductible

◦ Generic drugs: $20

◦ Primary doctor: No Charge After Deductible

◦ Specialist doctor: No Charge After Deductible

Annual Total $28,696

A 683% Increase over my 2012 Premiums!

(Monthly + Deductible Before Insurance Kicks in)

$19,080 with The following Copayments:’

◦Emergency room care: $400

◦ Generic drugs: $20

◦ Primary doctor: $30

◦ Specialist doctor: $50

Annual Total $27,480

A 654% Increase over my 2012 Premiums!

(Monthly + Deductible Before Insurance Kicks in)

$23,103.72 With the following Copayments:

◦ Emergency room care: $150 Copay after deductible

◦ Generic drugs: $15

◦ Primary doctor: $10

◦ Specialist doctor: $30

Annual Total $25,903

A 616% Increase over my 2012 Premiums!

(Monthly + Deductible Before Insurance Kicks in)

Oh, you better sign up!

Don’t you dare be late

Or the IRS will come calling for a Date

Obamacare is coming, to town!

Dear Abbey: Un-Thanksgiving Day

#TakeAStand against NFL Players #TakeAKnee

After having an awesome ThanksgivingI tweeted this out:

My brother is a @{county} sheriff Deputy. He’s had coworkers/friend killed by bad guys. The @NFL players are dissing people like them. #NotCool #TakeAStand not #TakeAKnee

This always reposts to facebook to which a friend replied:

No they aren’t … You know there is bias. … People have the right to protest in any way they feel. It is not disrespecting your brother and colleagues. It has been a disrespectful system all over the US in general. They are trying to enact change and give a voice to their frustrations without violence and without inciting violence. I would say it’s very American and very respectful. We do not pledge allegiance to officers. We pledge it to our flag and the laws of the land.

My Long replies qualify as blog posts.

“Un-Thanksgiving Day”

Notice how the unraveling of our society started (in the ‘60s) when our country’s 1950’s “Fathers” deemed it right to eject God from the society (more on that below) – which has been going on ever since.

God has started handing us over to our depravity and setting us up to be carried off to our Babylon for our sins just like he did his people Israel and Judah so long ago. We are living in a chaotic, demonic day. I am sad for it.

Whether its the community in fear (from people whipping up the fear), or the Police/deputies the object of that fear: Not caring about the people involved on either side is it’s own form of bigotry and prejudice. Folks like my brother are just working middle-class with families to feed and shelter. It is absolutely disrespecting them:

  • Kaep wearing pig socks and kneeling (He set the tone for exactly what this is all about)
  • NFL game in London, players standing for the English National anthem (the founders of the biggest grievance, slavery and prejudice) while kneeling for the US (who banished it)Going to Mexico and doing the same thing (Marshawn Lynch)

I prefer Richard Sherman’s take from last year: Stop protesting and Do Something about it. He’s proactively working with people to teach them how to respond to police to avoid an incident {It’s own commentary about the people}

Protesting is not “American.” That’s an amorphism Liberals on TV and colleges/schools have pushed and others bought into. Fleeing religious persecution, Revolution, war, being an honorable person and honoring God (up until the Bible was deemed unconstitutional to be taught in schools in the 50’s.) That has been uniquely American – until the last 50 or so years. But the God of the Universe is no longer welcome among this people.

We have become ungrateful, selfish, and uncaring towards each other. This whole NFL #TakeAKnee / Anger in the black community thing is a symptom. And The police are not a cause. It’s the darkness in the human heart and trying to live without God.