In this video by Clownfish TV, hosts Kneon and Geeky Sparkles discuss the possibility of a Star Wars TV series on Disney+ featuring a young Luke Skywalker. “The Last Jedi” infuriated Star Wars fans with its out-of-character depiction of Luke in his older years. They couldn’t accept that the brave and idealistic protagonist of the original trilogy would become a grouch who abandons his friends during the galaxy’s greatest threat. This video goes over how well Luke’s appearance in the season finale of “The Mandalorian” was received. But unless Disney can reset the Star Wars timeline, any further character development will lead to the version of Luke fans hate.
Star Wars isn’t the only beloved pop culture franchise that has struggled in recent years. Star Trek, Doctor Who, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics, to name a few, have gotten blatantly political and hostile to the straight white male demographic. This doesn’t just drive away straight white male fans, but all demographics, because the storylines are bad and unfair. Clownfish TV, and several other pop culture YouTube channels, have documented the decline in mainstream entertainment since 2015. The phrase “Get Woke, Go Broke” is a given anymore.
Another factor in mainstream entertainment’s downward slide is the growth of independent projects and content creators. YouTube gives regular people the chance to make shows outside of Hollywood. Independent comics creators are getting support through crowdfunding websites. Musicians are bypassing record labels and performing to their audiences directly through the Internet. Creative talent doesn’t need to work for mainstream corporate studios anymore.