Earlier this week I posted an article about the decline and fall of lightsabers in Star Wars over at bleedingfool.com.
Right on cue, one of the new Disney Star Wars shows has a character take would should have been a moral wound and essentially walk it off. Fans are not amused.
As I point out in my piece, the increasing overuse of lightsabers is illustrative of poor writing and increasingly feeble efforts to produce dramatic tension by substituting action for plot and character development.
People who don't know how to write a loaded conversation or create a compelling story will simply resort to extended fight scenes, but the more they resort to this, the less any of them matter.
Having characters survive mortal wounds completely unscathed is part and parcel of this. Once that happens, the reader (or viewer) ceases to take the story seriously. This is why in all of my fiction, not a single character has returned from the dead. I have had characters who people assumed were dead come back, but that's different device which leaves the consequence of death intact.
I have to say that seeing how awful entertainment is these days is really shocking. I know that the political scene is a disaster area, which is why I avoid it, but entertainment seems to be even worse. Who approves this stuff? Is there any concept of quality control?
This is the consequence of three generations of nepotistic promotion, I suppose. The current generation of studio heads have no real knowledge of life, art, or their audience - and it shows.