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Friday, December 29, 2017

Masterfully subversive

It's fascinating to see that SJWs actually believe Disney is slipping the convergence of Star Wars past anyone:
The new films are again at the vanguard of cultural concerns, but push harder and more subversively than any of the previous films. Above all else, The Last Jedi is about smashing patriarchal white supremacy– smashing it to the ground and starting over– and I am here for it.

While the earlier films were about the need to purify corrupt systems, the new ones are about smashing everything and starting over.

At every turn, the new films are about “letting the past die.” At its most broad and obvious, this means killing off the older generation and handing the narrative to the new. The Force Awakens killed off Han, which was no surprise as Harrison Ford had been badgering them to kill off Han Solo since Empire. Then The Last Jedi turned a hard corner by killing off Luke when everyone expected to lose Leia due to the loss of the great Carrie Fisher. Luke sacrifices himself in one last spectacular moment of force-wielding brilliance in order to save Leia and the Rebellion. This kind of sacrifice is something we’re used to seeing from extraordinary female characters (see every extraordinary woman from Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web to Eleven in Stranger Things). In TLJ, the central white male hero of the original films dies to save an exceptionally diverse, gender-balanced group of people who are, as Poe says, the “spark that will light the fire that will destroy the First Order.” Not “save the galaxy”; not “save the Republic.” This is not about saving something from corruption. It’s about ending the old order and creating something completely new.

As the older generation dies, the older way of doing things dies as well. Luke can’t bring himself to burn down the tree containing the sacred Jedi texts, so Yoda force ghosts in and does it for him, cackling, telling Luke that Rey already has “everything she needs,” then dropping this bit of heartaching profundity: “We are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters.” Anyone who has ever been a teacher or a parent understands this most painful and exhilarating of truths, but Yoda says it as the foundational texts of the Jedi order burn (as far as Luke or the audience know at that point). “We are what they grow beyond.” Not just us, but our old ways. Specifically, the old ways of hierarchical privilege.

Luke believes the Jedi order needs to die for this very reason. “The Jedi don’t own the force,” Luke says. The force is in everyone. Leia reflects this as well. “Why are you looking at me? Follow him,” she says, handing leadership to a random pilot who came from nowhere to become central to the Resistance. And although I am the first person to sign up for Team Leia– she was more than worthy of every inch of her power in the Rebellion– the door opened for her because she was part of the royal family of Alderaan. Her mother was the Queen of Naboo. Poe Dameron’s mother was a Rebel pilot. As the Rebels follow Poe, waiting for them on the other side is Rey, whose parentage was the subject of feverish speculation. Certainly she must be someone— she must come from some kind of peerage, pedigree, or privilege to be so special. But she is nobody from nowhere, daughter of unsavory junk traders who sold her for booze and died on Jakku. The force belongs to everyone, not just the pedigreed.

Privilege is handily dismantled wherever we try to create it. Rose Tico is awed by meeting Finn, now a hero of the Resistance, only to have her hero worship dashed when she realizes Finn is trying to escape. Finn comes from nowhere– one of many nameless troopers stolen as small children. Rose, as well, comes from nowhere– daughter of miners who now works as a tech for the Resistance. Some have criticized the Finn/Rose subplot, but thematically, the meaning is critical– these young Rebels are the new generation who will build the new society on the ashes of the old. They’re played by actors of color. Rose is respected by Finn for her expertise and quick thinking as a matter of course, not as a reveal (“Oh look! The pretty girl is actually smart!” or “That competent person took off their helmet and HOLY CRAP IT’S FEMALE”). When she falls for Finn, it’s not the usual trope of Hero Wins Sexy Woman, and was therefore criticized for being “shoehorned in.” Rose wasn’t wearing a low-cut top; we never saw Finn ogling her; we never saw the camera linger over her ass. We were never given the signals “SEE HER AS A SEX OBJECT,” so her love for Finn is “shoehorned in.” But this is the stirrings of the new society. Any idiot can ogle a woman’s ass, but the man who automatically respects a woman’s expertise is well worth falling for. While Leia and Poe are trying to save the Resistance on one front, Finn and Rose represent what they’re trying to save.

The Resistance is impressive in its casual diversity. Women and people of color are valued for their expertise as a matter of course; nowhere does the film congratulate itself on its diversity by making a huge point of highlighting it, demonstrating white male benevolence by the generous inclusion of women and people of color, positing a white male audience nodding along, agreeing that we are so wonderful for allowing our White Male World to donate a very small corner for the Less Fortunate. The Resistance is naturally diverse, and no one even seems to notice. That is masterfully subversive.
The Last Jedi is not masterfully subversive, it is massively converged. Which is the main reason why it has underperformed expectations by 28.7 percent, or to put it in monetary terms, $187 million in two weeks. That is the cost of convergence, and it is only going to rise over time.

The future is brown, and female, and brilliant, and fierce, does not give even one single fuck about the way things used to be.

Well, she's got the fierce, brown, matriarchal society part down, anyhow. What a pity it will lack star travel, as well as indoor plumbing. To call SJWs half-savages is to give them far too much credit. They are not only uncivilized barbarians, they actively hate civilization.

PB found his viewing of the movie to be an awakening of his own:
I wanted to comment on a thought that occurred to me after reading you for some time, but due to my personal situation it is not appropriate for me to comment publicly in the comments section.

After seeing "The Force Awakens" and before regularly reading Vox Popoli, I was simply disgusted and attributed this to stifling feminism and the surreptitious goal to pacify Western white culture into becoming the next Brazil or such.  Today after listening to a podcast about the movie, it struck me that while the host and guest nibbled around the edges of the main character Rei that she was nothing more than a subliminal confirmation for affirmative action.  She has these abilities and powers because she is entitled to them, because they say so. By virtue of being the SJW's victim de jour, or, their favorite pet of the day, her inexplicable mastery of everything "Star Wars" conclusively affirms the narrative for affirmative action.  In this movie it is, perversely, the SJW version of a "Deus ex machina" moment.

Forgive me if this has been obvious to you all along and I've simply managed to overlook or miss it in your blog or in the comments section.  But this was a major epiphany to me and felt that this is as an important point of discussion in unravelling the surreptitious techniques of the left as any.
TFA is a milestone of sorts, because it has introduced the concept of convergence to the general public.

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118 Comments:

Anonymous Locke December 29, 2017 11:30 AM  

It was one of the worst movies I've had the misfortune of seeing. Thankfully Moviepass makes seeing trash less painful.

The delusional leftist thinking this trash is a masterpiece needs to go. She is not salvageable.

Anonymous Eduardo December 29, 2017 11:32 AM  

We need a shrine to remind us of these people.

Remind people what they are up against.

Btw, Rose is sexy? Lol

Anonymous fop December 29, 2017 11:34 AM  

Is it just coincidence that Rose Tico looks like asian Rosie O'Donnell and she's part of "The Resistance"?



Blogger Miguel December 29, 2017 11:35 AM  

Funny how white women always profit from both scenarios.

Blogger Yorwak Kaheen December 29, 2017 11:36 AM  

I detest their use of that word... How can you be "subversive" when you are parroting "acceptable" views that are enforced by the mainstream? How can they honestly use that word to congratulate themselves? Is it that they don't even know what it means anymore? You are -not- subversive.

Blogger DonReynolds December 29, 2017 11:41 AM  

"....nowhere does the film congratulate itself on its diversity by making a huge point of highlighting it, demonstrating white male benevolence by the generous inclusion of women and people of color, positing a white male audience nodding along, agreeing that we are so wonderful for allowing our White Male World to donate a very small corner for the Less Fortunate."

The only nodding I was doing was nodding off! Here is the secret. If you keep monotonously rubbing the same spot, it soon become annoying, then irritating, then painful. That was the only thing that kept me from nodding off. It was boring and repetitive, which would normally induce sleep, but it was irritating, which would keep anyone awake. Is this another Twilight Zone?

Those who hate the White Male World just need to leave it entirely and go start their own commune. Most places in the world are not part of the White Male World. Just frigging GO THERE! Do not stay anywhere where you do not feel welcome. But if you strike me down, I will become more powerful than you can imagine. Wherever there are White Males in great numbers is the White Male World....why would it not be?

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 29, 2017 11:45 AM  

At least she's honest about it.

"SJWs dont' want to create their own heroes. They want to destroy yours."

Blogger Lazarus December 29, 2017 11:50 AM  

SJW approved Victims are the New Aristocracy

Blogger Silly but True December 29, 2017 11:51 AM  

Logical consistency is not their strong suit. They can pick either one of the new protagonists: Rey or Kylo Ren. What race are they again?

Blogger Lazarus December 29, 2017 11:52 AM  

She has these abilities and powers because she is entitled to them,

SJW-approved Victims are the New Aristocracy

Anonymous basementhomebrewer December 29, 2017 11:55 AM  

The thing that has struck me as most wrong with these movies, and hasn't been discussed much is the whole concept of the resistance. They were ostensibly a military arm of the Republic, which made no sense. Why were they independent from the Republic? Why didn't the Republic have it's own military? How was the First Order able to make so much money and build so many weapons without the Republic taking much notice?

The answer to all those questions is "It doesn't matter". The whole reason is that SJWs HAVE to make the good guys resistance fighters, attacking society at large. To them, someone who operates within social norms is automatically a bad guy. It's why gays are getting more and more restless the more they are accepted in society. They want to be the outsider because they think you have to be an outsider to be righteous. This is why they put together a plot that makes no sense and has absolutely no explanation.

Anonymous Iacobus December 29, 2017 11:56 AM  

Lord, what a bitter, hateful bitch. lol

Blogger Silly but True December 29, 2017 11:58 AM  

They couldn't have picked more overt caretakers for the posterity: a bona fide Englishman and an American heartland Heinz 57 WASP German, Dutch, Scottish, Irish, Scots-Irish native with roots in Arkansas and Indiana.

Anonymous Steve December 29, 2017 11:59 AM  

BTW, I can't recommend Nick Cole and Jason Anspach's Star Wars inspired GALAXY'S EDGE series enough. (Once you get past the abrupt tonal shift between books 1 and 2 - which are both good, just told very differently).

The latest one, PRISONERS OF DARKNESS dropped recently and it's the best yet. The whole series is basically Star Wars for adults, not in a goony nihilistic subversive way, but in the sense of real danger and evil and heroism and adventure in a society that's falling apart.

Blogger Ceerilan December 29, 2017 12:02 PM  

Bitter Gertrude doesn't allow comments on her blog. Presumably she doesn't want to highlight all the people who disagree with her. From her writing, it's clear that she obeys leftist talking points at the expense of women. No wonder she's a bitter and empty person.

OpenID ar10308 December 29, 2017 12:03 PM  

Did anyone else find it hilarious that both Asian characters in the movie did suicidal-Kamikaze type moves while on spacecraft?

I lol'd when Asian-Lady driver smashed her speeder into the Dindu's speeder. They couldn't have made it more lifelike if they tried.

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky December 29, 2017 12:04 PM  

The rejection of the past of the SJW and his madcap drive to destroy everything that came before him just angers the hell out of me. First, this is the epitome of hubris and arrogance. Second, it wildly, wildly dangerous and destructive.

Edmund Burke (stop the groans) described the situation artfully as he described the Eternal Generation and the Duties of Generations. We who enjoy life in the now have an outright obligation, an obligation, to both the dead and to the unborn. Obviously. We owe everything relating to how we got here to those who built this world for us and birthed us. We owe it to the unborn to make it a better place or even, for God's sake, to just maintain it before we hand it off. To do anything else is the height of madness, folly, and selfishness.

And yet the SJW is openly at war with BOTH the dead and the unborn. This is a damned suicide cult we are up against, I'll say it again.

And just like Rev. Jim Jones, they aim to take us all out with them. Everybody, everything, goes out with them.

Blogger DonReynolds December 29, 2017 12:05 PM  

"....the main character Rei that she was nothing more than a subliminal confirmation for affirmative action. She has these abilities and powers because she is entitled to them, because they say so. By virtue of being the SJW's victim de jour, or, their favorite pet of the day, her inexplicable mastery of everything "Star Wars" conclusively affirms the narrative for affirmative action."

Those who advocate for social promotion and Affirmative Action always end up talking out both sides of their mouth.

If Rei is so outstanding in every skill required to do Star Wars stuff, there would be no need for Affirmative Action or social promotion. If Rei can make the grades, then Rei will graduate. The civic nationalists would never exclude Rei, because they are only interested in cheaper wages, regardless of face color. The only achievement for Affirmative Action for Rei is to promote someone who could make it just fine on their own, taking the place of someone who desperately needs Affirmative Action to get the interview, because they are sub par. In a way, you could say....Rei is blocking at least one less capable pet from getting to the bowl, so in effect still serving the White Male meritocracy.

If Rei wanted to be a revolutionary, Rei would start her own Rebel Army (and perhaps join the Alliance). It does not help the Rebel cause by Rei taking over part of it. Shucks, the Rebel Alliance in the past included many different species and creatures. Rei is not even weird.

Blogger Heian-kyo Dreams December 29, 2017 12:10 PM  

No sane person wants the camera to linger on a fat ass.

Blogger van helsing December 29, 2017 12:10 PM  

is rose the plump asian skank?

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 29, 2017 12:12 PM  

I love how they are claiming that Star Wars is doing just fine.

Uh-huh. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, is a hit.

Let that one sink in for minute.

Jumanji is from Sony Pictures. This is the outfit that brought you New Ghostbusters. They are pretty much the most incompetent studio in Hollywood and yet Sony (freaking) Pictures, successfully counterprogrammed Star Wars with a twenty year old defunct property.

Blogger Cecil Henry December 29, 2017 12:13 PM  

Even my Father, CBC watching and all, admitted after seeing the movie that it was political propaganda with filler.

And he did not like it!!


But Movies are Just Entertainment --- Right?????

https://i.imgur.com/b3Lpihd.jpg

We must secure the existence of The Force and a future for Jedi children.




Coming Soon... Star Wars: The Last Virtue Signaller

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Blogger Amy December 29, 2017 12:16 PM  

They DO hate civilization. They think it’s the source of all evil. They’d rather we go back to living in tipis or caves, though of course hunting Gaia’s wild creatures would be banned also, and we’d all be vegans, and barter trade goods and services, and have utter sexual freedom, and finally have peace.

I don’t think they’ve ever taken a real hard look at African or Papua New Guinean tribal cultures.

Blogger OGRE December 29, 2017 12:24 PM  

It is subversive, but not in the way that she thinks. It is not at all subversive regarding identity politics, which is what she wants to believe. It is as blandly mainstream as it could possibly be by Hollywood standards.

If they were wanting to be subversive, they would have included all those 'brown, female, brilliant, fierce' elements in a GOOD movie...a movie that people liked and enjoyed, that was well acted with a good story and emotional depth. If they'd done that, then we could say the movie was subversive with regard to identity politics.

But as with the new Ghostbusters they had to take a popular franchise and create a shit product and only then could they fill that with their feminist idiocy. The idea is not to create something that people will enjoy and admire and draw inspiration from, not to paint a picture of the future to which people will look forward to building and belonging. See that would be actually subversive. But no, the real purpose is to piss off the regular folk; trash what they love and provide a scapegoat for their hate. Make them see and believe that feminist and racial politics are responsible for destroying that which they love. The actual underlying purpose is cultural division.

People like this reviewer are just the useful idiots of the cultural marxists. Shes a literal tool. She is used to create division and to provide a target for the anger of the masses. Little does she realize that if her brown, feminist, fierce future were to ever develop in earnest, she would be one of the first to be mowed down in the ensuing cultural civil war. Shes an infantry grunt poised to be sacrificed when the first shots are fired.

So no, the movie is not subversive regarding racial and gender politics. But it is subversive in that it pretends to be a movie that is supposed to popularize such ideals, when in fact its purpose is to create anger and hate against them. And in that it succeeds spectacularly.

(TLJ is not a bad movie because of its brown feminist fierceness. Those factors aren't doing it any favors, but it is a very very bad movie and would be with or without those elements.)

Blogger cavalier973 December 29, 2017 12:28 PM  

Get woke, go broke.

Anonymous Ghost Who Walks December 29, 2017 12:30 PM  

You must wonder how the most helpless, useless, ignorant people on earth will build a new anything, let alone a new world society.

Blogger Jon Mollison December 29, 2017 12:30 PM  

The woman talks for several hundred words about how important the diversity in the cast is, then concludes with, "The Resistance is naturally diverse, and no one even seems to notice."

That gal ain't right in the head.

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky December 29, 2017 12:30 PM  

I watched a pretty good interview of Daisy Ridley (she's the actress who plays Rey). They had her just sitting there talking while she tried to build a Lego Millennium Falcon (she failed, they quite obviously built it for her and this was put across humorously).

What struck me is how much of a fun girl she is, and also how much of a girl she is. She's quite the little femme charmer. You never see this in the Star Wars film, she's the heroine who is quite literally not allowed to be a girl. Of course, because she's a feminist hero and lo and behold feminism has got it in for you if you're not the right kind of girl. She's gotta be the one with the furrowed brow and the serious look in your eye as you kick butt with nobody's help with your pew pew lightsaber.

It's dreadful. We never get to see the charm that Daisy naturally has.

AND, hilariously, Luke got to go shopping. Luke went shopping! That's how he found the droids. It's actually one of Luke's better scenes in the whole canon, not only is it humanizing, that's how the character is _introduced_. Hilariously, Luke does more "girl" things than Rey.

Rey's not really a girl hero the way they have it. She's never really established as a girl, just a frowny kid who was going through the garbage one day then doing Jedi mind tricks the next.

These idiots made a plastic banana out of Daisy Ridley. That's how bad they suck. They not only screwed up the past and the future in the Star Wars galaxy, they betrayed The Now, too. They're not even interested in that, it turns out. Just the nihilism.

Blogger Koanic December 29, 2017 12:35 PM  

Inexplicably, they failed to title the movie "The last whiteguy."

With the demeaning death of Mark Hamill, now only Sith such as Kylo Ren will be white, as is right and proper. Whitish looking good goys will actually be Jews, e.g. Poe Dameron.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 29, 2017 12:41 PM  

I know we bring up SJW's utter lack of cultural a lot, but...

"Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web"

as feminine sacrifice? Spiders lay their eggs and die. That's what they do, and that's the limit of the imagination for a "sacrifice", apparently.

Blogger Amy December 29, 2017 12:42 PM  

burn down the tree containing the sacred Jedi texts, so Yoda force ghosts in and does it for him, cackling, telling Luke that Rey already has “everything she needs,” then dropping this bit of heartaching profundity: “We are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters.”

Exactly what they want to do with the Bible. Exactly how they feel about it. It’s the Aquarian Age, we’ve gone beyond the need for superstition, Sky Daddies, and exclusive club memberships. Oh and talent doesn’t matter! Ten thousand hours!

Anonymous Stickwick December 29, 2017 12:44 PM  

Please attack cisheteronormativity in your next film.

The Berkeley playhouse she managed closed down last year due to lack of income. She claimed that the younger audience it attracted over the years didn't have the funds to support it. So, yes, by all means, Disney should heed her advice. Please attack cisheteronormativity in your next film.

BTW, what's this obsession women have with the word "fierce"?

Anonymous Looking Glass December 29, 2017 12:47 PM  

@27 a deplorable rubberducky

"Mary Sue" is always a gender-swapped Male character. They can't act feminine or it breaks the setup. They also can't have normal female weakness, or it is far too jarring for the audience. That's why the character is always a problem. Even the supposed male equivalent, the "Gary Stu", isn't as bad, as he'll still have conflict to deal with. The Mary Sue has to just "win" the situation because the natural aversion to putting a female character through what a male character would is generally too much for most people to handle.

It's been a trend and a problem for a while, and it'll continue to be simply because someone decides the protagonist has to be female. But female and not offensive. And she can't get badly hurt. And... and...and...

Writing by check-box almost always goes badly.

Anonymous Jay Will December 29, 2017 12:51 PM  

Deep down in there somewhere she knows she's wrong. They don't know what they are. Although an unsettling feeling is ever present in her, as it is with me, no false enemy brought down will ever make that feeling go away.

She likes to re-frame, look at her face, pulling faces to hide herself. But she will never stop re-framing because she doesn't understand. Every false enemy she knocks down and another one will pop straight back up again. In the meantime, as her pointless eternal struggle with herself continues, she helps to burn down everything around her.

Blogger DonReynolds December 29, 2017 12:51 PM  

@27 a deplorable rubberducky
"AND, hilariously, Luke got to go shopping. Luke went shopping! That's how he found the droids. It's actually one of Luke's better scenes in the whole canon, not only is it humanizing, that's how the character is _introduced_. Hilariously, Luke does more "girl" things than Rey."

No big surprise. Only 15 percent of young men (under 30) are married these days...meaning they have to do quite a few girl things, like cook, clean, and shop. (I guess women assume that these things simply do not happen without them.)

My Dad lived in a generation where (married) men never learned how to do girl things, because they never lived by themselves.

Blogger Servant of the Chief December 29, 2017 12:51 PM  

I still cannot get over the scene where Rose crashed into Finn to 'save' him, thereby giving the death cannon a clear shot to breach the gate to the rebel base. One of the most genuinely surprising moments in the film, although I had expected some cop out, but nothing quite like that. Stupid, selfish, dangerous and destructive.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 29, 2017 12:53 PM  

@31 Stickwick

Vanity. It is a sign they want to ape the way Men are, as they simply can't accept their feminine reality. Actual Reality is any male of normal height & build can easily knock a Woman out with a simple back-hand swing. It's part of the reason you have to be so careful around people with your limbs and the reason we teach boys to control their movements.

Few Women ever really grasp how frail they are compared to Men.

Blogger Anno Ruse December 29, 2017 12:58 PM  

"These idiots made a plastic banana out of Daisy Ridley."

It's like they learned every wrong lesson from both preceding trilogies. The OT had mostly-unknown actors who could actually act. The PT had well-known actors who weren't allowed to act. The Disney trilogy employs unknown actors and doesn't let them act.

At least the Marvel actors are allowed to be actors and the films are saved from complete mediocrity.

Anonymous TechieDude December 29, 2017 1:00 PM  

I can't profess how eternally grateful I am to blogs such as these where the host and the commentors do the hard and painful work of watching this crap, reporting on it, and thus preventing me from wasting hours of my life.
The entertainment business is pretty much dead. I'm at a loss to remember the last film I saw that had an original plot, or wasn't a franchise of some earlier movie.

I never watch TV, rarely tune in Netflix, and never go to movies unless I'm compelled by the missus. If it's a faulty premise, or social justice drivel, It loses my attention. Lately when the women of the house are watching those insipid crime dramas, my game is to guess the narrative. There's always one - Campus rape, White guys bash gays, etc. It doesn't take long.

Blogger papabear December 29, 2017 1:00 PM  

"She's gotta be the one with the furrowed brow and the serious look in your eye...."

Her expression = the bulging eyes, the bulging eyes.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab December 29, 2017 1:07 PM  

Tell me those pics are Photoshopped. For goodness sake a lavender haired old lesbian vegan general, a younger less attractive Margaret Cho, it is a parody.

The Mary Sues don't have any weaknesses nor do they have any feminine strengths. I hope this ends the series and everything after the original trilogy is forgotten by time.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab December 29, 2017 1:12 PM  

And the author of the article is an idiot. Men don't fall head over heels in love for a woman's job performance, we fall in love with the sparkling eyes, nice figure and beautiful hair. "Mary Sue can sure audit a tax return, I'm in love," said no man ever.

Anonymous Stickwick December 29, 2017 1:27 PM  

Tangentially related, I'm noticing my news feed is cluttered with articles about how sucktastic the prequels were.

Hey, guys? Uh, yeah, we know you don't like The Last Jedi, but remember how bad the prequels were? Cuz they were bad. Even George Lucas admitted they were bad. Like, see this clip from The Phantom Menace's special features (that we only know about because we saw it in Mr. Plinkett's review) with everyone looking horrified at what a mess Phantom Menace was. So, yeah, the prequels were bad. Remember?

The thing is, the failure of the prequels was of an entirely different sort, which is why their sucky Rotten Tomatoes scores for critics and audiences were much more in agreement. These people really don't want to talk about what's going on with The Last Jedi.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club December 29, 2017 1:29 PM  

“Oh look! The pretty girl is actually smart!”

No, that would at least be some sort of dramatic switch. Instead, we're fed cardboard characters that are neither pretty, smart, or even identifiable as actual convincing girls.

Did they ever explain how the cloned Jango Fett became Kunta Kinte? Do they not have a genetic health control system?

Blogger buzzardist December 29, 2017 1:32 PM  

"We are what they grow beyond," and yet Luke obviously didn't because there is ghost Yoda, intervening to help Luke along where Luke couldn't do a task himself, even as he gives Luke this last piece of blatantly contradictory advice.

And it's very plain, too, that Kylo Ren isn't growing past Luke any time soon. Some serious psychological hang-ups there.

But, hey, who cares if the story patently contradicts Yoda's final piece of sage wisdom? Now their Star Wars world has left only a couple of Millennial emo anti-heroes to carry the convoluted franchise. They burned down everything, including everything from fundamental Star Wars history to logic itself, to get to this point, so it must be really, really important for them that Kylo and Ren force-hook up in a totally consensual, non-coercive way, at which point Rey will agonize over the decision to keep the love child with Kylo, trick everyone into thinking the child is Poe's to keep the baby hidden, or abort the child for fear of its force potential. Great material!

Blogger Libertarian December 29, 2017 1:33 PM  

Bitter Gertrude indeed.

Blogger Zaklog the Great December 29, 2017 1:38 PM  

Good Lord, if "women and people of color [were] valued for their expertise" by SJWs, we would need no such thing as affirmative action because companies would already be hiring the most qualified. It is manifestly obvious that they think exactly the opposite.

Blogger Bucephalus December 29, 2017 1:40 PM  

Amazing how just %11.4 of the worlds population triggers such hatred and contempt. (And over a fictional galaxy)

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 29, 2017 1:40 PM  

"Song of the South" would outpull this shit if rereleased today.

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( the Original Militant Apathist ) December 29, 2017 1:41 PM  

https://bittergertrude.com/about/
Purveyor of hijinks & monkeyshines. 501st TIE pilot. XBox addict. Jewess. PhD. Cyborg. Card-carrying nerdgirl.

well, spank me with a chicken and call me Dolly, i'd have never guessed.

a JEWESS trying to subvert and destroy the Goyish society which she a parasitizing.

*this is my shocked face*



23. OGRE December 29, 2017 12:24 PM
People like this reviewer are just the useful idiots of the cultural marxists.



wat?

that's like saying Marx was a useful idiot of Marx. Marx wanted to re-create the French Terror on a world wide basis, and he created the moral structure ( ignore the political / econ angles, those are just facades ) to justify it.

they know exactly what they're doing and they know exactly why they're doing it.




29. Looking Glass December 29, 2017 12:41 PM
as feminine sacrifice?



worse than that. men die all the time. Black characters are rather notorious for it. was there ever female Red Shirt who died?

the idea that *women* die more often than men in movies is ludicrous. in Kill Bill when the Bride takes out the Crazy88 ... you've got 80 some men dead vs 2 women. there are more men killed in that single fight scene than total women killed in both volumes of Kill Bill. you want to compare the death toll for the Titanic ( Real Life or movie, doesn't matter )?

and, protip:
a movie titled 'Kill Bill' is kind of ABOUT KILLING MEN.

Blogger dc.sunsets December 29, 2017 1:44 PM  

It's beyond obvious to me that sloth and ennui rule when the engine of prosperity is under open assault by fools.

When the cycle turns down in earnest, instead of bemused patriarchal tolerance of such childish folly, I am certain that these pathetic, loud-mouthed adolescents will be met with, "Honey, where's my belt? It's time to teach our misbehaving kid a lesson."

It's truly a paradox that the "patriarchy" these perpetual adolescents decry is all that stands between them and a life of harshness they cannot now begin to imagine.

Men run the show. Strength, conviction, courage and fortitude rule. What we see in Disney is what you get when the pilots feel so safe and secure that they let the children play in the cockpit.

Sooner or later, the pilots will be compelled to slap the kids' hands off the controls, and if the kids protest too much, they'll get the beating of a lifetime.

Anonymous Blastmaster December 29, 2017 1:46 PM  

Watched "Dunkirk" on Bluray last night. Fantastic story with zero Shitlibery. The white males who fought in and ran the war were portrayed as just that. Great movie and very refreshing considering what generally passes for entertainment

Blogger Zaklog the Great December 29, 2017 1:47 PM  

@5 Despite owning Hollywood, academia, the news media, and the entrenched state, they still believe they are the little guy fighting "the man". It is a central part of their delusion, and helps them justify whatever cruelties and dishonesty they like because, after all, if you're fighting an enemy that much more powerful than you, who can blame you for using whatever weapons come to hand?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 29, 2017 1:50 PM  

I look at it this way, I am glad to be excluded from Gertrude's society. Yeah I know Gertrude works for her relatives in the looting business and she exists to enrich her cult and she really doesn't believe this and if she really did and the looters finally gain full control she will die a gruesome death. So yeah the future will have some suck in it because Gertrude was actually listened to and we white men are the enemy dejure, but out of the ashes comes new.

Blogger Ingot9455 December 29, 2017 1:54 PM  

@43 One of the few decentish things in The Force Awakens was the bit about the First Order's stormtroopers are no longer clones, they are kidnapped orphan children brought up in creches and taught evil ways.

It was clearly a callback to the Janissaries, who were originally kidnapped orphan Christian boys forced to convert to Islam and trained up to be elite troops for the Ottoman Sultan.

Captain Phasma is the evil taskmistress who tortures and trains the orphan kids - and gives special attention to Finn + the worst assignments because she hasn't been able to beat his heroism out of him. That's why Finn goes a little crazy when he gets the upper hand on her and why she rolls over so fast, because she's a coward who only has power over children.

But that was in JJ Abrams 'The Force Awakens' which is now seen as a shining light compared to 'The Last Jedi.'

Blogger Nate December 29, 2017 2:02 PM  

as always... Liberals make the same mistake. They are so convinced their victory is inevitable... they assume the fight is over... and they push their agenda to far... and they lose much of the ground they gained.

Blogger Nate December 29, 2017 2:03 PM  

The Last Jedi is the classic over-reach.

Blogger Steve Sky December 29, 2017 2:03 PM  

As an example of how bad TLJ is, I was riding thru town the other day, and noticed TLJ was already being featured at the $4/show theater. I took that as a sign that Disney didn't expect to get any more money from the Metroplex. Contrast that with the original Star Wars, where it didn't hit the dollar theater until months later.

Blogger Dos Voltz December 29, 2017 2:27 PM  

Reading through that opinion piece was an horrific experience, having the same sort of effect as if I had walked into a room occupied by President Hillary Clinton while she's rug munching the corpse of Janet Reno.

Blogger Chiva December 29, 2017 2:32 PM  

The Resistance is impressive in its casual diversity.

There was nothing casual about it. The words hamhanded and imposed come more to mind.

Blogger exfarmkid December 29, 2017 2:36 PM  

"Bitter Gertrude" - haven't been exposed to so much bile and venom in a woman since the last time I heard a Hillary Clinton speech.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 29, 2017 2:43 PM  

@Looking Glass

Question for you. Are the Star Wars movies gravy or the gravy train?

If Star Wars suddenly tanks, Disney has a disaster on it's hands. They are already committed to the biggest expansion in the history of Disney Parks with Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. They are well past the point of no return on that project. Prints are finished. The permits are filed. The loans have been drawn. It's already costing them interest. It's going to get built but now it has to be source of stomach ulcers for the BOD. Take a look below, this thing ain't cheap.

Anonymous patrick kelly December 29, 2017 2:45 PM  

"My Dad lived in a generation where (married) men never learned how to do girl things, because they never lived by themselves."

What, there was no military or monasteries or boy scouts? You learn how to do lots of menial tasks for yourself in exclusive male spaces. Or at least they used to be mostly exclusive male spaces.

Anonymous AB.Prosper December 29, 2017 2:52 PM  

DonReynolds wrote:@27 a deplorable rubberducky

"AND, hilariously, Luke got to go shopping. Luke went shopping! That's how he found the droids. It's actually one of Luke's better scenes in the whole canon, not only is it humanizing, that's how the character is _introduced_. Hilariously, Luke does more "girl" things than Rey."

No big surprise. Only 15 percent of young men (under 30) are married these days...meaning they have to do quite a few girl things, like cook, clean, and shop. (I guess women assume that these things simply do not happen without them.)

My Dad lived in a generation where (married) men never learned how to do girl things, because they never lived by themselves.
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A lot of people eat out too and have mediocre Home Ec skills

still this was an absurd separation of labor and while I understand why , it was a cultural hold from when homemaker was a skill and it basically increased female value in the sexual market place, its elimination is one of the things modernity got right

A man should be able to keep a clean house, cook meals and perform basic sewing. What if his wife is sick or heaven forbid deceased and the kids need care?



How we increase the value of marriage when neutral technology lowers it is tricky.

OGRE wrote:If they were wanting to be subversive, they would have included all those 'brown, female, brilliant, fierce' elements in a GOOD movie...a movie that people liked and enjoyed, that was well acted with a good story and emotional depth. If they'd done that, then we could say the movie was subversive with regard to identity politics.

Too hard to do these days. The emotional make up of those people isn't stable enough to create a likable character like Lando Calarisian . They are just to fill with hate and bile.

Anonymous Philalethes December 29, 2017 2:59 PM  

It’s about ending the old order and creating something completely new.

Somebody ought to fire up a time machine and send this female (?) back to where she belongs: Cambodia ca. 1976. She'd love it there.

Blogger dvdivx December 29, 2017 3:01 PM  

The original Star Wars was in the theaters for almost a year. I also note that the tribe is so eager to cast white males as the villains that Khan in the new Star Trek was white. Not even Mexican like the original and certainly not a dot Indian like the actual character would have been. The problem with the eugenics war in Trek apparently wasn't that the were smarter stronger and more psychotic. It was that they weren't white.

Anonymous Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Grass December 29, 2017 3:07 PM  

Reading that opinion piece I remembered: we're past peak feminism, SJWism, LGBTQIIAism, and liberalism.

They've already lost. They simply still don't realize it. It's like with Trump: every thing both parties know about how to win is wrong.

Watching Generation Z destroy everything these freaks have spent the past 100 years creating will be very enjoyable.

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky December 29, 2017 3:09 PM  

Hold up now. Let’s not go reimagining roles and critiquing the evil ways of patriarchy like a bunch of feminists,

It just could be that things like shopping are considered girl things because A) girls like it; and B) girls are good at it. One of their wheel houses.

Blogger tublecane December 29, 2017 3:13 PM  

@5-It makes sense when you realize leftists are permanent revolutionaries who don't like to think of themselves as being in power. Unless being the Establishment is to their benefit. Then they may as well be a bunch of Grand Dukes flabbergasted at the Menace of the Herd.

You see, they don't wish to stop eating away at our culture with their acid, so they pretend it's still 1899, the Kaiser sits his throne, womyns are still forced to wear whale bone corsets and be unpregnant as seldom as possible, yadda, yadda. Despite the fact that they're run the culture for many decades.

Alternatively, it isn't the dead hand of the past controlling us. It's the Brown Menace. Secret fascism, not so secret anymore because Trump, secretly runs everything. Ask Noam Chomsky.

You know, private enterprise still exists. There are still churches and families. Some white people think badthoughts about other races, and some womyn possess false consciousness. They think it helps their fighting spirit to pretend they're losing. Or they just can't free themselves from the radical mindset.

Anonymous MaskettaMan December 29, 2017 3:15 PM  

The amount of people saying "Yeah, I watched the movie, it made me nauseous," is very strange. Why did you watch it? Why did you pay Disney money for something you knew was trash?

Anonymous Magna Carta December 29, 2017 3:17 PM  

Star Wars is subversive to "conservatives" because they sit there dumb as a box of rocks and take it all in. They might fight feminism, but never will acknowledge their white demographic decline as part of the same strategy to destroy America. Among "conservatives" it is gobsmackingly taboo to speak of preserving their race - even when an article like this one points out the obvious!

Blogger Harris December 29, 2017 3:21 PM  

It is unremarkable that the Star Wars franchise needed to kill off Han, Luke and Leia. After all, Carrie Fisher is already dead, Harrison Ford is 75, and Mark Hamill is 66. If they want to keep the franchise alive, they have to supplant the old stars with new stars.

But it is painfully obvious that they went out of their way to make the white males the villains, and women and "people of color" the heroes. Everyone knows on a subconscious level that this is pure bunk. White Males built the best civilization we've ever known, with the most freedom and prosperity for all. Women and "people of color" have been leaching off white male success for the past 2-3 millennia, at least. This is what was once known as "the white man's burden." If they truly convince white men to stop bearing that burden, then the world will (and currently is) slip(ping) back into barbarism.

Eastern Orientals at least created their own successful culture, but it was and remains very insular. The rest of the world depends on us. And they resent it. Hence, Star Wars Last of the Jedi.

Anonymous Man of the Atom December 29, 2017 3:24 PM  

Steve wrote:BTW, I can't recommend Nick Cole and Jason Anspach's Star Wars inspired GALAXY'S EDGE series enough. (Once you get past the abrupt tonal shift between books 1 and 2 - which are both good, just told very differently).

The latest one, PRISONERS OF DARKNESS dropped recently and it's the best yet. The whole series is basically Star Wars for adults, not in a goony nihilistic subversive way, but in the sense of real danger and evil and heroism and adventure in a society that's falling apart.


The first four have been a wild and refreshing ride on the adventure train. It's unfair to match up 'Galaxy's Edge' to 'Star Wars', because Star Wars is just so bland in comparison.

'Little' Bitter Gertie would not approve of 'Galaxy's Edge' and its unrepentant toxic masculinity at dial setting '11'.

Anonymous Clark December 29, 2017 3:31 PM  

Wait, in what world is Poe not a white male? Because his parents speak Spanish instead of French or German?

This review was terrible. She's reading into this movie everything she wants to see in the world.

It's the evil scumbag who wants to kill the past while the hero honors monasticism and wins by inspiring the next generation to follow his values. That's the opposite of destroying the "patriarchy." This reviewer is awful.

Anonymous Post Alley Crackpot December 29, 2017 3:35 PM  

The thing is that American media can't admit that a company like Disney has shot itself in the feet with this nonsense ...

Bloomberg was just warning a few minutes ago about how the entire US movie market segment was in year-on-year decline for two years, and yet they took a special time-out to declare the latest Star Wars franchise production a success.

How do they figure such a stunning loss is actually a success? Hollywood could rent out that space for movies that absolutely defy belief.

Investors don't like "masterful subversion" in any form, and they won't reward Disney for this failure, regardless of how much their ideological allies want to try to tart it up as a closeted success.

Blogger lowercaseb December 29, 2017 3:47 PM  

one of my favorite moments is the sheer cluelessness of their message. Rose mentions that she and her sister grew up as forced laborers like the slave kids in the Space-Horse stables of Space-Dubai. So what do they do? Free the Space-Horses and leave the kids to get their asses WHOOPED by the stable master.

If I was one of those slave-kids, I'd be plotting my escape...so I could join the First Order and wipe out every one of those Resistance folks that tricked me into helping them and then leaving me behind to be beaten black and blue.

BTW...once the word gets out that it was resistance agents that were behind the escape that trashed the casino and ruined a lot of these idle rich folks vacations...the first thing they would do is stop selling to both sides and support the First Order exclusively. Say hello to a new dreadnought to replace the one that you spent so many lives trying to take down.

It just goes to show...when hard men win the war for the Rebellion to restore the Republic...once they handed the reins of power to women, the formerly 1000 year Republic lasted for 30 years.

Blogger darkdoc December 29, 2017 4:23 PM  

In her own words: Artistic Director of Impact Theatre in Berkeley. Purveyor of hijinks & monkeyshines. 501st TIE pilot. XBox addict. Jewess. PhD. Cyborg. Card-carrying nerdgirl.

And here is the photo. You can't unsee it. http://en.gravatar.com/melissahillman

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr December 29, 2017 4:27 PM  

Somewhere, Walt Disney is crying.

Because SJW crap is precisely the opposite of the Old School Disney formula. Heroes, Heroines...and the two are not the same.

And the Star Wars franchise would not be that hard to write for. Not thirty years later...the original trilogy characters are in leadership/mentoring positions. President Han Solo gets to tell Leia, "I don't have time to discuss this in committee," and when she replies, "I am NOT a committee!" he counters, "Naval committee, trade committee..."

Meanwhile, Chewbacca tries not to laugh himself to death.

Luke does the Jedi Master thing. Including telling tales of Yoda. "A Jedi Master, he was. A decent cook...he was not."

But they are merely a source of continuity. Supporting cast. The younger, newer characters are the main protagonists. For the forces of Evil cannot be defeated in this life, only beaten back. Let your guard slip, and they will triumph.

Anonymous BBGKB December 29, 2017 4:54 PM  

very reason. “The Jedi don’t own the force,” Luke says. The force is in everyone.

Latrina's 21 crackbabies should score the same on the midiclorean test as white kids.

The future is brown, and female, and brilliant, and fierce, does not give even one single fuck about the way things used to be.

Electricity, running water who cares.

What did they use for lighting in Zimbabwe before candles? Electricity.

wearing a low-cut top; we never saw Finn ogling her;

The gaunig declared his love for the wetback pilot in the carbonite room

Any idiot can ogle a woman’s ass, but the man who automatically respects a woman’s expertise is well worth falling for.

respect must be earned.

Why did you watch it? Why did you pay Disney money for something you knew was trash?

I have an excuse, I am dating a faggot

Blogger Dirtnapninja December 29, 2017 4:54 PM  

Proving yet again that social justice does not create. It only smashes, defiles, subverts and destroys.

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum December 29, 2017 4:57 PM  

If they want to keep the franchise alive, they have to supplant the old stars with new stars.

But compare the Luke Skywalker exit to the heroic departure of Spock in Wrath of Khan with his classic "needs of the many" speech. There's a way to do it, and a way NOT to do it ...

Blogger tublecane December 29, 2017 4:59 PM  

@23-Ironically (or not), that's partly what Lucas was up to you with the original Star Wars. He probably wasn't a commie, but I'm going to assume he was at least New Left considering his age, with whom he hung out, the fact that he went to USC film school and lived in San Francisco, etc. And I happen to know Star Wars was partly conceived to air out his feelings about U.S. empire, the Vietcong, Tricky Dick Nixon, etc.

Prior to American Graffiti, he wanted to be an avant-garde filmmaker. In school he did abstract films, and I remember hearing him say once he wanted to do documentaries like Michael Moore. He made one artsy-fartsy feature--THX 11-whatever--which like all the movies made by his buddies in the American New Wave, was ugly, depressing, and unable to reach wide swathes of the public.

After American Graffiti, he realized he was good at making popular flicks. Better than he was at the artsy-fartsy stuff. Plus, he noticed that with all the depressing, cynical Easy Rider-type movies (Easy Rider happened to be popular; many more weren't), kids were being deprived of the childhood escapism he enjoyed with Flash Gordon and whatnot. So he set out to make a popcorn flick enjoyable for the kiddies with Boomer messages like in the depresso-New Wave movies, only without the depression.

Star Wars was good because a lot of people who weren't George Lucas made it that way, but also because Lucas was just naturally better at that sort of story. Unlike SJWs, if he was an ideologue (I wouldn't know), he didn't let it get in the way of the story.

Anonymous Random #57 December 29, 2017 5:07 PM  

@10 basementhomebrewer

"The thing that has struck me as most wrong with these movies, and hasn't been discussed much is the whole concept of the resistance. They were ostensibly a military arm of the Republic, which made no sense. Why were they independent from the Republic? Why didn't the Republic have it's own military?"

I read in another forum that this is explaining in the novel for TFA, upon "winning" the Republic disarmed. Somehow this didn't make it into the film.

"How was the First Order able to make so much money and build so many weapons without the Republic taking much notice?"

This is another sign of social convergence, the creators made a hash out of everything, and certainly did't care about the backstory not making sense when they didn't care about the story making sense. Or aren't capable of making stories that make sense. They certainly didn't get their positions by being good at making movies, that would be too subversive for converged Disney.

Blogger tublecane December 29, 2017 5:13 PM  

@27-"Luke does more 'girl' things than Rey"

Yeah, he whines his way through his early scenes.

Then again, a lot of the superficially masculine things Rey does are actually feminine haughtiness. Only, unlike in real life, she always knows what she's talking about and doesn't create messes men have to clean up.

That scene, by the way, wasn't originally supposed to be Luke's introduction. The first cut of the film had Darth Vader capturing the Princess and droids wandering around Tatooine intercut with Luke doing a bunch of irrelevant crap.

The editors, because they were smart, cut Luke's useless character-building and introduced him the moment he became important to the story. That is, when he encountered C-3PO and R2-D2.

Blogger SemiSpook37 December 29, 2017 5:18 PM  

The ironic thing about the whole film is the simple fact that the whole “muh diversity” approach, from both its conception to its actual execution was just one gigantic shitshow. Sure, they make you not want to side with the First Order, but you can’t help but do so given the cascading failures produced by the Resistance.

Hell, you knew it was bad when they kept Leia out of action for half the film. In the original trilogy, her character was the archetype for a strong female character that actually made sense: shrewd political skills, just handy enough in a skirmish to be dangerous, but still understanding that she’s primarily there to support her male compatriots, not supplant them.

Every. Single. Female. In this film. The complete antithesis of this concept, mainly because “muh feminism”. At least with Finn, he grew to understand that sacrifices are necessary for the greater good, and was willing to follow through with that, but then they screw that up at the last second with Rose, because she “loves” him. Man, that made the shitty writing Lucas did in Attack of the Clones between Anakin and Padme seem plausible. I didn’t think that was even possible, yet here we are.

So, while I do agree there was that general SJW sentiment in the film, I think it ended up being more to the movement’s DETRIMENT than to its benefit. Not sure if that was what Johnson was intending there, but that’s the way I see it.

It’s odd that the guys running Rebels have done a significantly better job with their stories than the main saga team. I think those folks are probably the ones that should have been running this thing the whole time, not the big names.

But that’s just my opinion. I could certainly be wrong.

Blogger Virgil Crowe December 29, 2017 5:22 PM  

Not only did this steamer fail to perform at the box office, but most of it's profits were extracted under false pretenses from audiences who won't fall for the same trick a second time.

Blogger tublecane December 29, 2017 5:31 PM  

@42-Red Letter Media is has been making fun of the Last Jedi supposedly "subverting expectations," which takes one of two forms:

A). Not actually subverting expectations, for instance by having the heroine and villain appear to team up, only to have the villain remain the villain, and for that matter to have all the characters except the ones who died end up as they were before the movie began (not counting trivial things like Han Solo, I mean Poe Whatever learn the value of patience)

B). The filmmakers "trolling" the audience, by deliberately dropping major story elements set up in the previous film for no apparent reason but to annoy people. Who are Rey's parent?Who or what is that cartoon monster in the Emperor's role? What is Luke's plan? The writers' answer is "Gotcha!" or "Psyche!" or "Made you look!"

The prequel series also kept stuff out. Three movies, and they couldn't show us the Jedi training process. Not counting the "younglings" playing Luke's helmet and ball game from the original. The masters merely gave vague advice every once in a while. We got more from Luke's abortive training in the Empire Strikes Back.

Lots of things happened off-screen. Obi Wan and Darth Vader's adventures, most of the Clone Wars, most of the Emperor's machinations. Though we could guess at or were explicitly told what to believe about them.

Pappa Skywalker turned dark, but the reason why felt like an afterthought. Even though the whole series w as about his fall. (Well, that and the Emperor's rise.) Most people wanted to see him be a badass, too, but we only got like three minutes of that at best.

All of which was disappointing, but you didn't get the feeling they did it on purpose. Lucas was simply incompetent; that's the feeling. With Last Jedi, it was on purpose. Which is mean.

Blogger tublecane December 29, 2017 5:41 PM  

@44-You're overlooking the obvious: Luke and Rylo Ken are both white males, and therefore failures.

Only little green men and womyn Mau grow past things.

Blogger Jeffrey Johnson December 29, 2017 5:54 PM  

I finally broke down and watched TLJ. Here's how I think Snoke and Kylo Ren took over the galaxy between movies. The Republic had been bringing in lots of people from outside of the galaxy who were taking everybody's jobs, bringing in lots of crime and drugs and generally making life in the galaxy miserable.

Snoke and Kylo Ren decided that conquest of the galaxy was pointless and instead decided that it would just be easier to run for public office. They ran on a platform to Make the Galaxy Great Again by kicking out the invaders from outside the galaxy. The people of the galaxy were sick and tired of the invaders so they supported Snoke and Kylo Ren.

TLJ starts a few weeks after Snoke and Kylo Ren are sworn in as Supreme Chancellor and the vice chancellor. The Resistance started a guerrila violence campaign to try to keep the out of galaxy invaders in the galaxy. This explains why when they got to their base and called for help nobody came. Everybody was sick of the out of galaxy invaders. It's the only way to explain why nobody was supporting #theresistance and the First Order suddenly was in complete control of the galaxy.

Blogger tublecane December 29, 2017 5:56 PM  

@70-It certainly didn't need to kill them, though the stories didn't need to be about them. Movies still have old people roles, don't they? Harrison Ford could've been grandpa.

Once they crammed him into the Obi Wan role, it was obvious he would die. Like was in the Yoda role, and though Yoda died in Return of the Jedi, the Last Jedi did rip off Return in addition to being an Empire rehash.

But it didn't have to be that way. They could've first of all not bothered to recast the Original Three and instead recast the roles with younger actors and told the story of Han and Leia's son turning dark under Luke's tutelage. Failing that, they could have left behind the old story and dine something fresh. Which I realize is out of the question.

Okay, they could've told the same sort of story, but with the Out with the Old, In with the New aspect. That was the story in the original series, of course . But that was made by Boomers, who were idiots who never wanted anything to do with the older generation. But it's also the fact that older generations in the original series were either:

A). Evil (Vader, the Emperor)
B). The last surviving members of an old way of life, barely hanging on (Obi Wan, Yoda)
or C). Fuddy-duddies (Uncle Owen, Aunt Baru)

None of that need have been true about Luke, Leia, or Han. They made it that way...because.

Anonymous BBGKB December 29, 2017 6:32 PM  

At least this is honest about how subversive Star Whores Last STR8 White Man is.
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Queer is the new Jedi, and the Force is with us
https://www.queerty.com/queer-new-jedi-force-us-20171216

Blogger Junius Stone December 29, 2017 7:25 PM  

This thing is the same as STar Trek Discovery. Use a venerable franchise with multigenerational appeal, try to cut out the timeless values that make it great and substitute SJW rot. Hope no one notices. But they notice. Oh, they notice.

Blogger Bobiojimbo December 29, 2017 7:27 PM  

Oh, how one could tear apart this article bit, by bit. Thank you for sharing, Vox, it really made me laugh.

When I saw this post, I immediately thought of Alien: Covenant - another franchise that has been converged. AC was, as I recall, praised as a feminist film, with its strong female lead. However, it hilariously and unintentionally subverted this by showing terrible female characters who get their ship blown up.

Similarly, TLJ unintentionally subverts its own feminist propaganda. At the end of the movie, the female led and highly diverse Resistance is destroyed - having no base or fleet, and reduced to a handful of soldiers, and without friends. Unlike Empire Strikes Back where at the end, the Rebels have regrouped their fleet at the edge of known space to prepare for a counter-attack. Yet, TLJ closes as a victory instead of the defeat it actually is.

Anonymous Laz December 29, 2017 7:30 PM  

@Anno Ruse: "The OT had mostly-unknown actors who could actually act."

LMAO! Harrison Ford did Han to a T, but for the rest... meh.

Blogger Daniel December 29, 2017 7:31 PM  

Read the post about stranger things. Bitterness hatefulnes leveled up

Anonymous Jack Amok December 29, 2017 7:33 PM  

It just could be that things like shopping are considered girl things because A) girls like it; and B) girls are good at it. One of their wheel houses.

Shopping, aka "gathering."

And here is the photo. You can't unsee it. http://en.gravatar.com/melissahillman

The only question was what unnatural color her hair would be.

The ironic thing about the whole film is the simple fact that the whole “muh diversity” approach, from both its conception to its actual execution was just one gigantic shitshow.

The Stronk Wimmin leaders were not only so incompetent even normies are noticing, but they're also stereotypical females in the bad way. A female friend (White, 40's, married, kids, not a feminist but not alt-right either) complained bitterly about the scene where Vice Admiral Ball Gown tells Leia that Poe is a hothead, but he's cute so they'll keep him around.

Anonymous Jack Amok December 29, 2017 7:49 PM  

Question for you. Are the Star Wars movies gravy or the gravy train?

If Star Wars suddenly tanks, Disney has a disaster on it's hands. They are already committed to the biggest expansion in the history of Disney Parks with Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.


What I fervently hope for is that the SJW-fueled financial implosion forces DIS to sell the parks off in order keep the film and cable franchises afloat. Then maybe we can enjoy the parks again.

Now, of course smart people would sell off the cratering cable and film divisions instead of the profitable parks and resort division, but Disneyland doesn't offer as much opportunity for propaganda as ESPN. Well, at least if you believe anyone is still watching ESPN, but of course SJWs can't admit to that reality, so I have hope.

Blogger tublecane December 29, 2017 7:53 PM  

@92-The actors could act, it's just that they had crappy dialogue and weren't directed well. There's some doubt with Hamill and Fisher, though he's become a famous voice-actor and she was competent in other films I've seen. But there's no doubt. Alex Guiness, Peter Cushing, and the rest were accomplished actors.

Blogger Bobiojimbo December 29, 2017 8:03 PM  

@87 "I finally broke down and watched TLJ. Here's how I think Snoke and Kylo Ren took over the galaxy between movies. The Republic had been bringing in lots of people from outside of the galaxy who were taking everybody's jobs, bringing in lots of crime and drugs and generally making life in the galaxy miserable."

I don't know how the First Order took over the galaxy in the five minutes between TFA and TLJ, but I do know one thing. In the awful book Aftermath, Chuck Wendig explains that the Republic disarmed shortly after beating the Empire. This why the Resistance had to be formed and the Republic had no military force to fight against the First Order.

Blogger Junius Stone December 29, 2017 8:27 PM  

Boy...that was stupid. Genius move, Disney, ditching the EU...

Anonymous (((Subversion))) December 29, 2017 8:30 PM  

The Secret Jewish History of ‘Star Wars’
https://forward.com/culture/327265/the-secret-jewish-history-of-star-wars/

The Jewish roots of 'Star Wars'
https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-jewish-roots-of-star-wars/


As the Force Awakens: Who said it? Yoda or a Jewish sage
https://www.haaretz.com/life/1.691170

Anonymous Avalanche December 29, 2017 8:34 PM  

@54 "Janissaries, who were originally kidnapped orphan Christian boys forced to convert to Islam and trained up"

Lots of them were not orphans, but rather (unwilling) tribute! Or captured/stolen.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit December 29, 2017 8:42 PM  

We're a bit more red-pilled than are the rest of the family, so there were a couple tense moments this Christmas, but we all came together over Star Wars TLJ.

They went, we stayed home, but we got together for dinner and a gripe fest over how much it all sucked. Lots of "We wish we'd stayed home with you," and "That was terrible."

Plot holes, Jar Jar Asian Chick, stupid-even-for-star-wars science, pointless scenes, favourite character-assassination, etc., etc., etc., as Anna said to the King.

Truly a heart-warming Holiday moment.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit December 29, 2017 9:41 PM  

@38 Lately when the women of the house are watching those insipid crime dramas, my game is to guess the narrative.

You should teach them the Soc-jus Guess-whodunit game.

Score every character with a speaking role by SJW victim or oppressor points. So a woman is minus one, but a wife with kids is plus one.

At the commercial break, score the characters: highest score did it.

So genderfluid black animal-rights activist guy (-2) with the bomb-making equipment is going to be a red-herring.

(I thought more folks knew this game, which is no doubt why CSI Dewberry Woods wasn't the chortle-fest I expected it to be)

Blogger newbietrader December 29, 2017 9:50 PM  

why are you morons paying good money to see movies that you know in advance are SJW converged? oh right, YOU'RE MORONS

Anonymous 8859 ways ro be adorable December 29, 2017 10:24 PM  

Actually, it's a sign the Metroplex doesn't expect any more profit from the picture.

Anonymous Godfrey December 29, 2017 10:57 PM  

Stars Wars is establishment propaganda. The real subversives are the alternative right (e.g. Alt-Hero is subversive).

It's fun being subversive. We subvert the establishment 24/7.

Anonymous Godfrey December 29, 2017 10:58 PM  

Alt-Hero is masterfully subversive.

Blogger rumpole5 December 30, 2017 12:23 AM  

We went yesterday afternoon to see The Darkest Hour. There was a line to see Star Wars, but gratifyingly, TDH was also sold out, so we returned for the 4:40 showing. The theater lobby was filled with vacuous youth, but the TDH auditorium, sold out again, was fill with the same 60+ boomers who provided the vote plurality for Reagan and Trump. I really think that we are the last generation educated enough to care about Dunkirk, Churchill, or history in general. When our votes pass from the scene I hate to think of the lousy government these young fools will have to endure, but, to loosly quote Louis XV, "after us the deluge".

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( the Original Militant Apathist ) December 30, 2017 12:45 AM  

Any idiot can ogle a woman’s ass

*queues up Bob Seger*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slq3ljlBfkI

it takes a real Man to stare at her tits!

*queues up Joe Walsh*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqINhejokU



101. The Overgrown Hobbit December 29, 2017 8:42 PM
stupid-even-for-star-wars science,



i saw people at ArsTech lauding TLJ IFLScience! because ... the Space Explosion™ didn't make any sound.

only, Space Explosion™s ( and all the pew pew and engine screaming ) have been making sound in Star Wars Space ever since the first Death Star blew up.

so, Rian Johnson got rid of something else cool in Star Wars for no reason.

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky December 30, 2017 1:04 AM  

rumpole5 wrote:I really think that we are the last generation educated enough to care about Dunkirk, Churchill, or history in general.

Cheer up. There were more compelling characters than him in the movie. That Spitfire pilot was a better Luke Skywalker than The Last Jedi's Luke Skywalker, and by a mile. There was one character who refused to speak at all. And he yet was more compelling than ALL of the characters combined in The Last Jedi, or any inane character who can only be found to say, "I am Groot!"

Quality will out. Quality will win the day. When the fever of the contemporary hotness subsides, and quickly as fads and fashion do, quality wins.

Here's to the hope that we can see one of the periodic (and halting) triumphs of Goodness in our lifetimes!

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira December 30, 2017 6:35 AM  

What a glorious failure!

Anonymous Dalo December 30, 2017 6:42 AM  

Cool post, cheers. Couldn't agree more.

Blogger Daniel December 30, 2017 7:07 AM  

+1

Anonymous Joe Author December 30, 2017 1:56 PM  

In reality, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has hauled $844.2 million worldwide in less than two weeks, earning $424 million in North America and $420.4 million internationally.

And while traditionalists have the liberty to be upset about the turn of events in the franchise, it is clear that the reboot is changing the game. And the audience generally is on board. So it has little to do with "convergence".

Write what you want. Create what you want. Produce what you want.

Blogger secondskin December 30, 2017 2:52 PM  

Shut UP Joe Arthur. Saying it the millionth time is not going to get people to care. Go get help for your autism.

Anonymous FAILBOAT December 30, 2017 9:59 PM  

The author of this movie is a fucking hero for slipping in that last scene. Probably got it past the censors with some bs, but it's there.

A young, white boy, strong enough in the force to yank a broom to himself by accident, who chose rebellion and hope.

That's our future, right there.

Anonymous GodEmperorMemes December 31, 2017 7:05 AM  

From the reactions I'm seeing on social media (people defending it by saying e.g. "It's a kids' movie!, as if that somehow excuses the massive plot holes and the dire convergence propaganda), it is certain that many people do not, cannot and will not see what is happening in these films.

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