Why Disney Should Take Its Time With Star Wars

Why Disney Should Take Its Time With Star Wars

Giving audiences everything they want can backfire.

As we prepare for Rogue One to hit theaters, it's crazy to think that we were doing the same for The Force Awakens only a year ago.

After Star Wars exploded onto the scene in 1977, audiences had to wait three years for The Empire Strikes Back to continue the story (with not much but the dreadful Star Wars Holiday Special to tide them over), and then another three years for Return of the Jedi to wrap up the trilogy. Audiences then went 16 years without a Star Wars movie, until The Phantom Menace was released in 1999. While hindsight hasn't been kind, people were ecstatic at the time. Like the originals, the prequels were released with a three year gap between each film.

A decade after the prequels wrapped up with Revenge of the Sith in 2005, The Force Awakens took the box office by storm. The point is, people had to wait years for the release of a new Star Wars movie. Now that the franchise belongs to Disney, Star Wars movies are being produced simultaneously in order to keep to a much faster release schedule. The currently untitled Episode VIII is scheduled for release next December, the Han Solo prequel is being released in 2018, Episode IX is coming out in 2019, and an unidentified spin-off is coming in 2020.

In the span of five years, Disney will have released as many Star Wars movies as George Lucas did in almost thirty years. On the one hand, that means audiences are guaranteed an entertaining blockbuster movie every year, but there's the risk of franchise fatigue. Enough people are invested in new characters like Rey, Finn, and Poe to ensure audience loyalty through Episode IX, but what happens next?

While they haven't made a decision yet, they've indicated plans to continue beyond 2020. There are plenty of potential stories to be told in the franchise still, and there are plenty of people who want to see them. However, the wait for a new Star Wars movie has always been a big part of the experience.

Adjusted for inflation, the original Star Wars is still the highest grossing film in the series. All of the subsequent installments have been successful, but the ones that came closest to rivaling the original have been The Force Awakens and The Phantom Menace. The original movie was such a success because audiences had never seen its like before, and since then the series has always been most successful when audiences have waited years to see it. Rarity is the difference between a run-of-the-mill blockbuster and a cultural sensation, and cranking out Star Wars movies has the potential to lessen the impact of each film.

It's great that Disney is putting out new Star Wars movies, and it's not that I want to see them stop. However, it's better to leave audiences wanting than to leave them burned out. Disney may have found success with the never-ending Marvel series, but Star Wars requires a different approach. Star Wars needs a rest after the current slate of films has been released, so it can make a grand re-entrance to theaters everywhere when the time is right.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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