Jonathan Weaver – Assistant A&E Editor
Star Wars is for kids. Always has been, always should be. The phrase “meant for kids” should not be seen so negatively; Star Wars would not be what it is today if George Lucas decided he needed to be more gritty and edgy in 1977. Boiled down to its most very basic elements, Star Wars is about good defeating evil; a young nobody relying on his own will and courage to defeat the evil ruling the world.
Star Wars was meant to convey the message that diversity helps not hinders, that women should stop being portrayed as helpless, and that tyranny, fascism, and imperialism will not survive against morality. These are very important messages for kids to learn, and that’s why Star Wars captured the minds of so many in ways that “2001: A Space Odyssey” or “Lost In Space” did. Kids could relate to Luke and Leia, they wanted to be Han, they adored Chewy, and they feared Vader, yet wanted more.
There is a big community of fans currently concerned that Disney is making Star Wars kid friendly, as if that wasn’t always the case. These very fans were once the kids who waited anxiously in line to watch “The Empire Strikes Back” in theaters. The same fans who would then run home to play with their Millenium Falcon playset or pretend to have a lightsaber duel with their friends. These fans all remember the moment that popcorn fell out of their mouth as the words, “No. I am your father.” hit their ears.
Star Wars resonates with both children and adults, a thing that few pieces of media can properly do now. If Star Wars were to abandon its roots, and embrace a darker tone and content, it would lose its fairy-tale essence, and the magic would fade.
For this reason, fans should not worry about the upcoming animated show “Star Wars: the Resistance.” While yes it is primarily marketed at kids, so are the toys, which have always been a staple of the property. The same thing was said about the “Clone Wars” series and the “Rebels” series, both of which are widely regarded as great additions to the canon, and fun stories in their own right.
Star Wars will still feel like itself — the magic will still be there. Kids will see what happens when everyday people, just like them, stand up against injustice. The concepts appeal to all ages, but every family member will still be able to relate to and bond over the stories and adventures in a galaxy far, far away.