For fans of the beloved Star Wars series, the emotional fallout of Disney’s $4 billion dollar purchase of LucasFilm on Tuesday has been fraught with more angst than a middle schooler’s fanfiction.
After all, we’ve been here before. We fed our childhood hopes with the promise of Episodes I, II and III, and were rewarded with a prequel series so mired down in gimmicks and concerned by effects that the story, when there was story at all, seemed but a tangent to marketing strategy.
But, as terrible as those films were, Lucas followed the announcement with a press release that dares to give us hope once more. In his statement, Lucas said: “I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.”
It’s easy to jump on the announcement with the animosity of a Rancor in Jabba’s dungeon, but as with the Force itself, there are two ways to regard this deal. In the spirit of this duality, let’s consider both.