New “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi” Trailer Released

#StarWars news: a new trailer for “#StarWarsVIII: #TheLastJedi” has been released!

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“Star Wars IX” Release Date Postponed

#StarWars news: in the wake of J.J. Abrams taking over as director of #StarWarsIX, it’s release date has been pushed back from May 24, 2019 to Dec. 20, 2019. It had already been reported that production on “Star Wars IX” was being pushed back from February, 2018 to June.

Disney has replaced the release schedule for May 24, 2019 with a live-action version of #Aladdin.

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Star Wars News: Colin Trevorrow Ousted as “Star Wars IX” Director

Major #StarWars News: Colin Trevorrow is out as the #StarWarsIX director. #Disney issued a short statement on Tuesday about the departure. No successor was named:

“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon..”

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This isn’t the first time that Disney has removed a director from a Star Wars film: it was only back on June 20 when Disney ousted Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on the Star Wars Han Solo movie and replaced them with Ron Howard.

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The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fans Society is Inclusive

During a panel at #SanDiegoComicCon (#SDCC), Adam Savage made some surprising remarks regarding the “#StarWars vs #StarTrek” debate. When asked the question, “Which franchise you would eliminate from existence: Star Wars or Star Trek?”, Adam Savage’s response was booed when he said that Star Trek should be eliminated and gave the following reason: “Star Trek lures you into a false sense of positivity that the world can be a utopia and recent events have proven it cannot. Star Wars’ dystopic vision is far more realistic and prepares our children for their future.”

Adam Savage at SDCC 2017

Adam Savage at SDCC 2017

The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fans Society does not favor any franchise over another. We treat all franchises (be they science fiction, fantasy or science fantasy) equally. Each franchise brings its own creativity, characters, worlds, stories, etc., into the wonderful genres that we call science fiction and fantasy. No one is required to dislike one franchise in order to like another and more often than not, franchises often influence other franchises.

We have several things to say regarding Adam Savage’s response:

  • Had he responded that “Star Wars” should be eliminated in favor of “Star Trek”, he would also have been booed.
  • We disagree with his notion that “Star Wars” is more realistic than “Star Trek”. “Star Trek” is closer to the definition of “hard science fiction” than “Star Wars” due to writers attempts to explain the advanced technologies that don’t currently exist. Advanced technology in “Star Wars” is not explained to the same level as in “Star Trek” and includes the element of mystical Force, which have caused many to classify “Star Wars” as science fantasy instead of science fiction. In our opinion, “Star Trek” is more realistic than “Star Wars”.
  • We also disagree that “Star Trek” is utopian and that “Star Wars” is dystopian. While “Star Trek” depicts a possible future humanity several centuries from now that is more hopeful than current human society, it is not utopian as it is not without its own problems. Similarly, while “Star Wars” has some very cruel characters and moments of genocide and planetary destruction, it is not dystopian, certainly not in the sense that franchises like Terminator and “Mad Max” portray as dystopian futures for mankind.

Ultimately, we disagree with questioning anyone whether one franchise is better than another or whether one franchise should be eliminated in favor of another. Such questions are aimed at creating needless divisiveness between fans of various franchises & genres, rather than bringing fans together in the areas that are similar between the various franchises & genres. Also, SDCC, which is the grandfather of all comic cons and a celebration of all pop culture, should not be used at instigating a battleground between fans.

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