Friday, June 3, 2022

Unfortunate Timing!

As regular readers of my blog (both of you) know, I've been reviewing Disney's various Star Wars TV series for a couple years now. I enjoyed The Mandalorian quite a bit, The Book Of Boba Fett less so.

For anyone out there anxiously awaiting my thoughts on the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series, eh, I have some bad news— I won't be reviewing it.

The main reason is time— lately I find that the older I get, the less hours there seem to be in a day. Plus this is gonna be an unpopular opinion, but... I just don't care about the character

And here's an even MORE unpopular notion— I was never a fan of Ewan McGregor's portrayal of him in the Prequels. I can hear you all picking up your torches and pitchforks, but hey, it's how I feel. To me it seemed he was doing a half-hearted impression of Obi-Wan, as never once in ANY of the movies did I look at him and think I was looking at a younger version of the character. He always felt like an entirely new guy to me.

So no, I won't be reviewing the show. Heck, I don't  know if I'm gonna have time to even watch it! I did catch a few minutes of the first episode though, and I gotta admit I was kind of surprised by what I saw...

The opening features a flashback to the "Execute Order 66" scene from Revenge Of The Sith.

We're then treated to several scenes of a group of armed gunmen bursting into a school and firing on the students inside, as the teachers desperately try to save them.

Holy Crap!

That would be in questionable taste at any time, but unfortunately these scenes aired just three days after the horrific Uvalde school shooting in Texas, where nineteen children and two teachers were brutally cut down by a crazed gunman. Yikes!

So was I triggered by this incident? Did I have to take to my Patented SJW Fainting Couch®? Of course not. I'm not a fragile virtue signaler who howls when someone doesn't use the right pronouns, as I can tell the difference between deliberate intent and unfortunate coincidence. This is wayyyyyy down at the bottom of the list of Problems Plaguing Our Country, just slightly above Amber Heard's career. That said, I gotta admit it was some pretty regrettable timing.

To be fair to Disney though, this wasn't their fault. There were an astonishing SEVENTEEN more mass shootings in the week following the Uvalde tragedy. Seventeen in one week! That's over two a day! 

At this rate, it would literally be impossible for Disney to pick ANY date that didn't coincide with a real shooting in which to air their fake one!

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