But here's one of the cool things about Star Wars: It's a series about a whole other universe. Even Lord Of The Rings was about how, inevitably, the world is gonna be ruled by white dudes and all of the fantastical shit better catch the nearest ship to Lighting Effects Town. But Star Wars is full of alien species, huge futuristic cities, small crime-infested cities, and geriatrics who shoot lightning from their hands. It can go anywhere. There are no limits. So why do we have to follow the magical space preachers around all the time?
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Because they're ... right?
The Jedi are great. They have rad lightsabers and the kind of solid facial hair that my chin writes about in its dream journal. And as Yoda said, the Force is flowing everywhere. I don't have a problem with that, nor do I need a Star Wars movie full of Han-Solo-esque characters going "I don't believe in no Force, 'cause I got me a good blaster, a friendly wolfman, and the, umm, Spendillium Calkgun." A movie in which the Force exists and people kind of wink and hint about it sounds like an enema of pure disappointment.
But how about a movie with no Force at all? Like, not the slightest reference to it. Doesn't mean that it doesn't exist; it just means that you're in an exciting sector of the galaxy where the characters don't repeat the sermons of star wizards. But they still get to have fun adventures and shoot blasters at each other, and you're not tied to caring about a prophecy or the greater fate of the Galaxy. You can have a Fast & Furious in the streets of Coruscant or a John Wick in multiple Tatooine bars. And not once in the middle of his gun-fu extravaganza would Keanu Reeves stop the movie to say, "Karate-ing alien mobsters is cool, but do you know what's cooler? Invisible virtue sorcery that only some people even have access to."
"Before you die, allow me to explain this asteroid religion that you couldn't possibly fathom."