The Mark Hamill Trilogy

Star Wars is in desperate need of a reboot.

Disney’s first three-movie set was a failure long before the third movie will have arrived (within a few days as of this writing).  It’s not a trilogy, for that would imply a consistent and coherent arc of characters and story across three acts.  Anyone who saw The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, even if they liked them, knows these two movies were disjoint and had little relation to each other.  All major threads from the first movie were abruptly abandoned in plot and/or tone in the second.  TLJ was a Star Wars parody marginally disguised as a space epic.

There is no reason to see the third film, The Rise of Skywalker, regardless of how hard it may try to mend the “trilogy.”  A car totaled as a wreck cannot be returned to working condition.

Don’t buy the marketing tagline all over commercials: TRoS is not “the end of the Skywalker saga.”  The true end of the saga, Return of the Jedi, was released in 1983.

The new characters will not be remembered in any meaningful way.  Rey, Kylo, and Finn are not the cultural successors to Han, Luke, and Leia.  A fatal flaw of the new movies was in not appreciating how the performances of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fischer were intricate to what made original Star Wars so special.

It seems like Star Wars is doomed to relegation as streaming service content bait.  But is there a path forward to make Star Wars, well, Star Wars again, in film?  Optimistically, I believe so.

The solution would first require the wholesale removal of LucasFilm’s current executive leadership, to be replaced by creative talent that understands what made classic Star Wars great, that their task is neither to focus on contemporary social issues nor plagiarize A New Hope again.  Disney, this action is on you.

What could the new team do to reboot Star Wars?  How about giving the fans exactly what they want this time.

Jake Skywalker

We went to The Force Awakens to see Luke Skywalker in action, but instead got an opening crawl that decreed, “Luke Skywalker has vanished.”  So we went to The Last Jedi to see Luke Skywalker in action, but instead got the bitter, whiny, and depressed Skywalker known as Jake.  So when are we going to get to see the real Luke?

It’s time for the Jedi Master Skywalker trilogy.  It will be faithful in character, tone, and story to the original Star Wars movies.  It will be all about Luke Skywalker, as the main character and in action as we expect the last Jedi Master to be.

Though respecting the past, it will be a completely separate story from anything we have seen before.  The Star Wars galaxy is very big – give Luke an amazing, original story that takes him and us on adventures we have yet to realize.  Make it fun and timeless.

There are multiple levels of beauty to this.  The portrayal of Luke Skywalker by Mark Hamill could carry an entire trilogy, in a way that few if any other pop culture icons could.  You don’t need any other original characters, although his faithful companion R2-D2 would be an appropriate pairing, with the droid having a proper character role and not as a discarded hood ornament.

Further, and this is the win for Disney, a trilogy for Hamill’s Skywalker would provide sufficient time to cultivate a core of new characters around Luke, that through their association with Skywalker, would create a genuine emotional investment for fans, leveraged afterwards for future Star Wars projects.

What about the Rey movies?  Here, Disney can use their newfound kit of discarding past precedent and internal consistency to their advantage.  Simply ignore, completely, the Rey movies.  They never happened.  Call them “Legends” content just as Disney relegated the Expanded Universe prior.  Ultimately, there would be nothing to stop Disney from producing content for that other line of characters, if they think the revenue is there.  But hopefully the Hamill trilogy would become the de facto starting point for all new Star Wars content.


It’s nice to dream of what could have been.  I would like to retain hope that someday, Star Wars will be course-corrected and I will want to see a Star Wars movie in a theater again.  Until then, I will take Mark Hamill’s advice and wait until the movies reach cable.

5 thoughts on “The Mark Hamill Trilogy

  1. Here’s to you. I agree with lots of what you say here (and have said in your other Star Wars posts). These recent movies really seem unnecessary, and I don’t really see what the point of them is. When Return of the Jedi ended, my friends and I all had a definite feeling of loss, but also of completion. Those three movies had all we really needed to know, and none of us really thought about it again more than casual chit-chat until word started to spread about the prequel trilogy.

    These new movies seem empty somehow. The acting and the effects have been great and all, sure, but when this movie ends, I can’t imagine lots of people will feel that loss. Right from the beginning of Star Wars, we all felt some kind of kinship and camaraderie with the characters.

    I understand that I’m an adult now, but even my kids, and their friends feel the same way so far. They care about Leia, Luke, and Han, but when this movie ends, they’ll just go back to whatever they were doing before. Even what seems to be the big question surrounding these movies “Who are Rey’s parents” seem like a put-on; like a slogan developed by Disney’s marketing department and spread at a board meeting, “Hey, listen, everyone, go out on the InstaFace and say that you really wonder who Rey’s parents are.”

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    • Thank you! Yes, empty is a good way to describe the new movies. It’s interesting that Lucasfilm’s new leadership decided to chuck Lucas’s drafts for 7, 8, and 9, and go their own way. The premise of those stories has been known for a long while – a girl finds Luke’s lightsaber lost at Bespin, and goes on a journey to find the Jedi Master and return it. Sounds like it would have been more epilogue-ish, exploring themes of lessons from the past and passing on what you know. Whatever it would have been, I’m 100% confident it wasn’t going to be retread of A New Hope.

      It’s obvious how Disney chopped up that premise, but what they mashed up was a lot of nothing disguised by their elite special effects.

      I’m still laughing at your last line.

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