To keep tabs on the ever-growing pop culture zeitgeist that is Star Wars, we bring you State of the Empire. Led by Art Director Cap Blackard, the series speculates on the future of the franchise and looks for news in Alderaan places.
The Last Jedi has opened a massive schism in the fandom. A rift, not between light and dark, but polarizing all the same. Whether you love the film or loathe it, civil discourse is few and far between and like The First Order dismissal and nihilism reign supreme.
It’s a discussion too big for us to ignore, and one that desperately needs to be had – even Cap, Matt, and Doug aren’t of the same mind about this divisive movie. We share thoughts and insights from others and search own feelings for new perspectives on how this movie succeeded and failed. Has Star Wars become an exquisite corpse? What do the film’s deleted scenes offer in terms of explanation and expansion? Join us for a civil discussion on The Last Jedi‘s fallout as we quest to find balance in the force.
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— Bitter Gertrude‘s Article: “’This is Not Going to Go the Way You Think’: The Last Jedi Is Subversive AF, and I Am Here for It”
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— The /Film article on TLJ‘s deleted scenes