I will be commenting on the vampiric, wraithlike depiction of Darth Sidious elsewhere on this site, but first I feel a sense of responsibility to comment on a few other things. Bear with me.
Any group is a microcosm of society as a whole. That includes fan followings. STAR WARS has the largest following of them all, so by necessity all stratifications of society will be comparably larger, too. This includes the lowest rung on the ladder. The stuff that sticks to the bottom of the barrel, or to its underside. That is to say, the percentage (small but really, really vocal) that represents the worst of society, the scum of the earth percentile, is larger. This explains why actors in the franchise have been victimized online. The scum have access to computers.
Keeping in mind that the lowest percentile is also the loudest, it can give a false impression of the fandom. Let’s talk about that fandom. The new movie was given a B+ score from folks leaving the theaters. That sounds about right. Though some sites I have seen referred to a B+ score as “lukewarm,” I would encourage you to actually do the math. 89% of the fandom loves the new movie. The same 89%, I expect, who loved the *last* STAR WARS movie. The same 89% who find it deplorable that scummers would harass actors online, or deliberately try to sabotage a movie’s critical rating average for no other reason than that they are scummers. (Granted, these are generalities. There are non-bottom-feeders who disliked the new movie for whatever reason, too—I don’t want to paint with too think a brush—but they are far fewer in number.)
And the headline-hungry whores in the media don’t help when they pander because they want more clicks. Like that headline where J.J. Abrams said that the scummers were right. But if you actually read the article, you’ll see that what he actually said is that everyone is entitled to an opinion and that opinions are neither “right” nor “wrong.” Or always “right” because they are that person’s opinion. That’s not what the headline suggests. Because the headline is juicier the way it is. More likely to get clicks. Dishonest but more clickable.
Don’t let others do your thinking for you, and don’t be misled. Nobody ever writes anything on the Internet without having an agenda. Ours at this site is to get clicks, yes. No denying that. But I do also hope that I can help, in my own small way, serve to spread a little knowledge here and there. That’s my agenda. When you come across something someone else has written, always—always—ask yourself what their agenda might be.
I stand proudly with the 89%.
(By the way, if you weren’t around back in those days, a lot of people hated RETURN OF THE JEDI when it first came out, too. They were wrong.)