Preparing for Episode IX

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker came out a couple of days ago. I have not seen it yet. I had debated not going to see it, but I am going to. I’m not exactly sure why I’m going to. I feel obligated. I really don’t want to hate it. So I’ve been thinking about how best to approach it so I won’t hate it.

The first thing I decided is that I’m not re-watching the original trilogy before seeing this movie. The fewer comparisons I make between the new movie and my favorite movies, the better the new movie will seem, I hope.

The next thing is I decided to watch The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi before seeing the new movie. Since those two movies are flaming piles of garbage, I’m hoping the new one will seem good in comparison.

Finally, I’m going into this one with the lowest expectations I can muster. It’s common knowledge that a bad movie seems better if it exceeds expectations and a good movie seems worse if it misses expectations. I’m expecting this one to be exceptionally bad. Like, worse than Star Trek: Into Darkness bad.

I hope it works. It’s a modest goal, really. Not hating something. But it’s what I’m striving for. Wish me luck. I’m sure I’ll report back after I’ve seen it to let you know.

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