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The Masked Hero

With The Mandalorian being so successful, what other examples of a protagonist concealing their identity have really struck a chord with audiences? Obviously, an intriguing trait in terms of mystery, are there any other reasons why this has been successful in The Mandalorian? Moreover, what’s the purpose of using a masked hero? What changes when the main protagonist is unmasked? Is there a downside?

  • I think you may want to touch on what it is about a masked hero that makes audiences intrigued. What is necessary for them to have since one cannot see who (or what) they are. Great topic idea! – majorlariviere 9 months ago
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  • Off the top of my head the only character I can think of right now is 'V' from 'V for Vendetta' (2005). It's interesting how that Guy Fawkes mask even struck a chord with those who haven't seen the film or read the original graphic novel. – Amyus 9 months ago
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  • I think what draws us to the Mandalorian in particular is his willingness and really desperation to remain masked. Even when his remaining masked threatens his life, he is adamant to following the code. It would be interesting to examine how his strictness regarding his mask/suit plays against his rebellious nature (against the bounty hunter guild) throughout the first season – erinouye 9 months ago
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Has the Star Wars franchise lost its ability to maintain fan interest?

Following the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the beloved franchise faced a substantial backlash from begrudged fans. Aside the criticisms for its slow pace and inconsistent storyline, the film and indeed the trilogy itself have been controversially criticised for its overuse of nostalgia and alleged focus on socially-driven plot details.

Analyse whether the Star Wars franchise has indeed applied an overuse of nostalgia in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi or whether the fanbase is overtly critical of any additions to the film lore.

  • Great topic and right on time after the release of the new trailer (half old footage and half new ones)! I would be interested to know how people would translate fan interest. Commercial success? Rotten tomatoes ratings? Can we even measure it? That may be a key point to this topic. Cheers – kpfong83 1 year ago
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  • I think this is definitely a great topic, one that needs to be dispelled as partly true as far as nostalgia's concerned, buy widely false when considering the inconsistent original trilogy, socially driven plots of the prequels, and its overly attached fanbase. – dtsnow 1 year ago
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  • I agree with the problem that measuring fan interest will be difficult, especially since the more extreme fans, those that either despise the new ones or will defend them with their last breath, are the more vocal and active sections of the fan base; it will be important to establish a metric for this early on. Another thing to consider is how could new Star Wars movies exist without nostalgia?In a universe so focused on connectivity, removing any and all references to previous elements would seem to deliberately erase everything that came before. So finding the balance between creating something new while still honoring what has come before is something to think about. – InvertedMobiusStrip 11 months ago
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  • An interesting juxtaposition might lie in contrasting original trilogy fans (apparently summarily dismissed by Disney execs and talent alike) versus today’s children (cultivated by Disney without remorse through omnipresent product promotion and programming). Perhaps consult surveys, RT, sales demographic breakdowns, and blogs running census for the figures. – Will Nolen 11 months ago
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  • After watching The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi (and looking at the plot for The Rise of Skywalker), I definitely feel they rely heavily on nostalgia, besides the fact that a sequel series wasn't really needed. Yes, the prequels were supposedly not great (I haven't seen them yet, so I can't judge), but they at least had a purpose of existing. – OkaNaimo0819 10 months ago
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The Mandalorian

Star Wars has been a popular culture icon for decades now. The revival of the early episodes and the continuation of the later that have altered the canon of literature, comics, and games have brought in a new generation of fans. Now with the move to Disney there are high expectations of the money-milking enterprise of a thousand spin off variations, yet interestingly there is the new tv show ‘The Mandalorian’. It already has a youth friendly vibe with a limited range of onscreen violence, no swearing and an over produced cinematography and sound track, yet still…it is the story of a bounty hunter, a criminal…but [SPOILER] he chooses at the end not to kill his bounty when faced with a "baby Yoda." Are we to assume then from this that the story will focus on a lone warrior with his own code, or will this be a redemptive arc – the hero was always within. It indeed fits into the franchise that has always been about hope above all else. The question will be though, like the most recent films, does this show actually have anything new to say or will this once again be a reiteration of the single monomyth that has plagued the SW franchise?

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    Kylo Ren: Where the Journey Ends for a Fallen Hero

    In the new trilogy of Star Wars films, Kylo Ren is a character repeatedly examined as one full of conflict, being pulled in two directions by opposite sides of the Force. At the end of The Last Jedi, he chooses to tear down all remnants of a legacy that has overburdened him and build a new one in its place, seemingly cementing himself in an ill-natured goal that prompts Rey to stop him.

    However, it’s believed by many fans that he still isn’t too far gone, and that enough light exists in him that he could in fact be turned, as Rey was determined to do for much of The Last Jedi. On the other side of the spectrum, one could argue that Kylo going through a redemption arc that mirrors his grandfather’s would render Luke’s sacrifice meaningless, that his declaration to Leia that "no one’s ever really gone" was more in reference to the memory of who Kylo used to be rather than suggesting Kylo is still capable of saving.

    Should Kylo be redeemed in The Rise of Skywalker, the final installment in the Skywalker saga? And if he is redeemed, would that take away from the positions the characters decided to defend by the end of The Last Jedi?

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      A Comparison of the Star Wars Expanded Universes

      Take a survey of how both expansions – Legends and the Disney canon – differ in scope, focus, style, and tone. This may be better explored after the release of episode IX and the coming books/comics surrounding it. Possible questions: How do both expansions implement and/or break away from the source films? How do their stories differ? What have been the reactions from fans over the years to both expansions?

      • Love this topic. I think about this a lot. Scope of article could be problematic, I suggest that you focus on several comparable texts/eras. – Sean Gadus 2 years ago
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      • I would explore certain eras from both old and new canon material to help differentiate specific traits between the two continuities. – BMartin43 2 years ago
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      • This is a great idea, but both canons are so massive so it would be great if you could pinpoint specific topics and stories to compare in similar timelines in order for this article to more concise – cbo1094 1 year ago
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      Why Can't EA Get Star Wars Right?

      EA is one of the biggest, if the biggest video game company in the world. The company has an exclusive 10 year deal with Disney to make AAA Star Wars video games. Their run has been marred with controversy and critical disappointment. The 1st Battlefront game was launched with a limited amount of content, which drew negative attention from many critics and fans. Battlefront 2 was mired with an enormous loot box/micro transaction controversy, which contributed to disappointing sales (compared to EA’s expectations). EA also cancelled and closed Visceral Studios and its Single Player Action and Adventure Star Wars Game, an idea many fans were excited about. There is now a rumor that another Star Wars project has been cancelled. Why can’t EA make Star Wars, one of the most profitable brands in the world, reach the massive heights that many expected in terms of sales, game output, and critical reception?

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        What can we expect from the upcoming Star Wars stories movies?

        What role will the new Star Wars stories play in the unfolding expanded universe? The impact of Rogue One on the meaning and value of the data at the beginning of a New Hope may give us some idea, but there could be so much more. How will opinions of characters such as Han Solo continue to change and evolve? What about other characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi?

        • Interesting topic, with recent news I think you can add in the discussion of Obi-Wan Kenobi as a standalone. Also typo on Rogue One, as you've put 'Rouge'. – Marcus Dean 3 years ago
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        What creating an 'Anthology' series really means for Star Wars

        With the success of Rogue One and the several other stand alone films that Disney has planned to release with the famous brand, explain how this decision changes the way that we look at Star Wars’ film legacy. Does it change? If so how? What does this mean for die hard fans of the series?

        • I think an important element of this discussion would be defining what makes a Star Wars film as opposed to other space stories. – C8lin 4 years ago
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        • It's also important to note that Star Wars has so much lore. Be that through the novels, comics etc. the franchise itself already has a huge knowledge base and anthology-like feel. This knowledge just isn't something the general public makes themselves aware of – Nicole Sojkowski 4 years ago
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        • i feel about start wars about the future i was promised as a boy, that Googie i belive its called futurism that has become this shit now. I would have liked to have seen where George was going to, he as a lover of Rome, as was his mentor Francis, I would have liked to have seen what the fall of that empire meant to his arc, now cut off and supplanted by a company that gave us Goofy for seventy years, satisfied and pasteurized by a bunch if overly bright paint users who have no interests or adherence to Roman anything. they wouldnt be caught dead comparing Darth Vader to Satan in the Inferno, as I would have liked to know where this story was relay meant to go, as am certian he had as we all do, Virgillian foreshadowing and laying ground works and I feel badly that whatever thsi was supposed to be,whatever futility had to be laid out and was whatever the reverse if an an ehco is,w as left with this tv land horse manure, as we fight the same wars over and over and over... – Antonius865 3 years ago
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        The Implications of Carrie Fisher's Death in the Star Wars Franchise

        After the passing of its iconic and lovable star Carrie Fisher, the makers of Star Wars have reached a standstill about how to respectfully write out her character of Princess Leia. Consider the ethical, technological, and creative methods by which Fisher’s memory can be served in a series built on a foundation of visual breakthroughs in film.

        • This will be huge for Episode 9, as Carrie Fisher supposedly finished her scenes for Episode 8. This article will be relevant for a few years! – SeanGadus 4 years ago
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        • You might also look to The Fast and Furious franchise and how they responded to Paul Walker's death. They ended up using his brother as a CGI stand-in to finish some sections of the film he never was able to finish. – Nate Océan 4 years ago
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        • Mustn't forget Heath Ledger who finished filming his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) . He died while the The Dark Knight was being editing and during filming of his last role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009). Although his untimely death garnered criticism over the unfettered promotion of the Batman film, Ledger received many posthumous accolades for his critically acclaimed film performances. Wouldn't be fair to fans either, only days away from completing The Crow (1994), Brandon Lee died on the set after being shot by a faulty prop gun that fired the tip of a dummy round left accidentally lodged in the chamber. The film was completed by script re-writing, CGI, and stunt doubles. It was released one year after Lee's death to critical and commercial success, unlike Ledger's fallout. The Crow (1994), based on the 1989 comic book series, is now considered a cult classic. Brandon's death only added to the mystique surrounding his father's equally jarring demise, martial artist Bruce Lee. – L:Freire 2 years ago
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        Who is Supreme Leader Snoke?

        Looking at The Force Awakens as well as canon novels, comics, film-maker’s comments, and even previous Star Wars films, suggest a reasonable theory or theories on who Supreme Leader Snoke could actually be. Snoke is the man behind the curtain in The Force Awakens and looks to have a very important role in the Star Wars universe moving forward. This would be an interesting topic because like Rey the question of Snoke’s identity remains unknown.

        • I think it could be useful to also interrogate how these theories relate to the act of story-telling itself. What do the candidates for Supreme Leader Snoke reveal about story-telling structure within Star Wars? How do these candidates relate the conflict between the author and audience's desire for how a story should progress? I'm thinking of this within the larger Star Wars franchise and how this has played out historically within the past. – Matt Sautman 4 years ago
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