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Watch Freddie Prinze, Jr. Go On a Bonkers Rant About Star Wars Fandom

Ezra’s face is all of us.
Ezra’s face is all of us.
Image: Disney XD

But he’s also not, like, wrong.

Freddie Prinze, Jr. played Kanan on Star Wars: Rebels, so he knows the franchise pretty well. Better than most. And, oh, does he have some feelings. On a recent appearance on The Friendshop Pod, the actor went off for several minutes on all things Star Wars fandom, from the negative reaction to the new movies, to the mythological bent of the series that he thinks fans don’t get, all the way to Grey Jedi and what’s going to happen in The Rise of Skywalker.

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It’s a fun watch, half angry shouting and half pretty interesting insight into the franchise. The ideas he shares about balance, in particular, and how that bent of the Force’s mythology shapes the storytelling of the franchise, is compelling, and jives a lot with the ideas of the new movies. I also really appreciate his comparison of Maul to Sisyphus, which according to him is an idea he got from George Lucas.

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Not a lot of people have had the access to the greatest minds of the franchise that Prinze, Jr. has had, being a major protagonist of a series helmed by Dave Filoni, who himself was one of Lucas’s handpicked successors. And absolutely none of those people are willing to talk Star Wars while saying the word “fuck” this much. So that’s definitely an experience.


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The issues I take is of redefining the heroes journey to lead Luke to where he was. But I blame that on Rian Johnson’s hero deconstruction bent. The Luke at the end of Return of the Jedi was not the kind of Luke that could toss one of his father’s lightsabers over his shoulder like a piece of junk. They didn’t *earn* that move with the story up to that point. They could have with a little more exposition in The Force Awakens. Maybe a little from Han or Leia (or both) about the history and the mental states of everyone involved with Luke bugging out. You don’t have to spell it out, but there was plenty of room there to let you know that the Jedi on Achtoo was buried in himself a bit. He was a whiny little snot on Tattooine after all. You could have had Han say: “Luke... Luke always had a hard time being a Jedi. Mystical mumbo-jumbo and all don’t mix too well with farmboy no matter how much natural talent he had. But he didn’t have a hard time being that farmboy, unfortunately for him.” It would have been a throwback and a warning for anyone who had seen the original trilogy saying: Luke isn’t quite with it at this point.