Since the newest Disney+ Star Wars live-action show Andor premiered, fans of the franchise have spent a lot of time comparing this series to the many that have come before it.
It would be one thing if this discourse highlighted the things viewers love and appreciate about the different kinds of stories Star Wars has been telling over the past few decades — particularly, in terms of volume, in the past few years.
But unsurprisingly, that’s not the focal point of these conversations. Instead, many people feel the need to tear down different shows and stories in order to make some kind of argument for why Show X is better than Show Y, and why Show Z — despite not even having seen it yet — will never live up to the standards of either.
Is anyone else as tired of this as I am?
There is too much consumable Star Wars available to the masses now to justify wasting time talking about which shows are better, why certain ones should never have been made and why future ones for whatever reason aren’t worth watching.
At what point did being a Star Wars fan require that we have to watch, analyze, and criticize every single new piece of Star Wars media that’s made?
To be clear: You don’t have to like every piece of Star Wars. Most people won’t. That’s because while Star Wars is made for anyone to be able to appreciate and enjoy it, not every Star Wars story will be for you. It’s not designed that way. Not every movie, TV show, book, comic, or other Star Wars media will speak to you personally, cater to your tastes in storytelling, or hold your interest from start to finish.
That’s not a bad thing. But it’s also not a reflection of poor story creation. It doesn’t make you a “bad fan” for not being into it, either.
It’s long been my stance that there is a Star Wars story out there for everyone. Starr Wars comes in many forms, and there’s bound to be something that will feel as though it was made just for you.
If something like Andor isn’t it, that’s OK. That doesn’t make it a bad show. Perhaps it’s just a show you won’t finish, or won’t discuss with other people even if you do.
Star Wars is a very big collection of stories. To be expected to consume and like everything wouldn’t make sense even inside a galaxy far, far away.
Sometimes it’s OK to say “this isn’t for me” and let it go.
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