I can't shake the feeling that by the time they've churned out two or three more with increasingly minor tweaks in uniform and equipment, everyone will be crying out for something as distinctive as Phantom Menace.
I came up with this, and thought I was making a really clever point about how long you can get away with the same look, the same characters, and same stories ...
... then I realised Star Wars
(1977-2016) has actually been running longer than Wayne's entire career as a cowboy (Stagecoach
, 1939, to The Shootist
, 1976), or even the Western genre's time as a mainstream feature. I'm not sure if that proves Star Wars is breaking new ground or if it's already past its sell by date.
Can we read the universal acclaim for the Rogue One
trailer as a tacit admission that the last one wasn't actually very good?