Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Writer Talks About Where ‘The Last Jedi’ Went Wrong
Though Star Wars: The Last Jedi released well over a year ago, the 2017 film has nonetheless proven to be one of the more divisive of the series. The sequel trilogy’s middle chapter notably introduces deviations from the traditional Star Wars formula, with fans either supporting these fresh ideas or showing contempt for such subversions. It appears Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order writer Chris Avellone falls somewhere in the latter category, having recently disclosed his problems with the film in a recent interview.
Recently speaking to VGC about the story approach for Jedi Fallen Order, Avellone also revealed his opinion of The Last Jedi and specifically how he felt Luke’s return was ultimately underwhelming. “I thought that portrayal of Luke Skywalker was very weak,” he revealed. “I thought they gave him a scapegoat role that wasn’t merited and didn’t fit with his character, in my opinion. I like the fact that they were playing around with it, but at the same time I didn’t like the execution and I thought it could have been handled a lot better or differently.”
Avellone further voiced his gripes toward the Star Wars entry by criticizing the perceived busy nature of the film, calling out an abundance of side characters and plot points. The writer admitted that while he appreciates what The Last Jedi was going for, he ultimately found the execution wasn’t entirely successful. “I also thought it was a case of comedy goes too far, side characters and massive detour plots were rapidly introduced…,” he added. “I liked what they were trying to do, I just didn’t like how it was executed.”
Chris Avellone isn’t a huge fan of The Last Jedi, but he’s previously proven his Star Wars street cred with work on the fan-favorite Knights of the Old Republic 2. That particular game is also known for its non-traditional approach to the Star Wars canon, the plot toeing the line between the light and dark sides of the Force. As it doesn’t appear the upcoming Jedi Fallen Order will adopt any these themes, Avellone feels there’ll be plenty of “interesting new perspectives” for fans to appreciate when the game releases later this year.
KoTOR 2 tells its own story and I feel like Fallen Order was an opportunity to explore new themes and go in a very unusual direction, because there is some stuff in there that I was not expecting. I think Fallen Order is going to offer a Star Wars experience, but there are also some interesting new perspectives that I think players will appreciate.”
Jedi Fallen Order releases for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 15th.
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