The reviews for the new Star Wars movie are starting to come in and they're overwhelmingly positive.
And yet, I find myself feeling that I'm going to see "The Last Jedi" because I ought to, not because I want to.
Such is the burden of the Twenty-First Century Star Wars Fan.
Yes, I'm a big Star Wars fan. Or at least I was. I still own a movie-grade set of stormtrooper armor. It sits in a storage bin in the basement. I last put it on for Halloween when my youngest was in 5th Grade. The class seemed to appreciate it.
I think about selling it, but I put a lot of effort into the thing, so I take the easy path and do nothing.
Which is exactly how I feel about the new movies. I want to take the easy path and do nothing.
I must be honest. I hated "The Force Awakens." I really did. It took me a while to put aside sentimentality and the fun of seeing Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher again, but I really really didn't like that movie.
It wasn't because I was a Star Wars fan, either. It was because I am an author.
Once you've started writing or creating a story, you become more attuned to elements of plot, character and the importance of keeping things consistent. There is no longer any consistency in Star Wars. It's basically a cross between Star Trek and the Avengers.
I freely admit I was annoyed that the heroine - Super Jedi Girl - could do everything better than any other character. She was a better pilot than Han, a better mechanic than Chewbacca and - upon picking up a lightsaber for the first time ever - dusted the villain.
And so now she's going to get trained. But why? She's already the Bestest, Most Awesome Hero Ever. She's a 50th level fighter/magic-user/thief/cleric in a 3rd level dungeon. Who can possibly stand against her?
Well, I guess that's what we're going to find out. This is the Second Movie in the trilogy, so the Good Guys get screwed.
I suppose I should be more optimistic, but the last five movies were a disappointment, so I don't think it's unreasonable to suspect the sixth will be as well.
And in case anyone wonders - no, I'm not expecting lighting to strike again, I'd just like a movie that is good on its own merits. I find the fact that we have to add the qualifier "Star Wars movie" a true indictment on the finished product. We're clearly grading on a (very forgiving) curve because when you get down to it, these are actually pretty awful films that would have gone nowhere without having "Star Wars" in the title.