The Force is Female Kathleen Kennedy

One of the cool things about YouTube is that you never know when a video is going to hit a nerve. I recently saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and then posted my review. The post racked up over 50,000 views and roughly 2,000 comments in one week.

Here’s the abridged version for those who are in a hurry: Director Rian Johnson has given generations of fans a giant “middle finger chin scratch.”

If you want to see male characters get emasculated in a $200 million commercial for producer Kathleen “The Force is Female” Kennedy’s political agenda, then see it soon.

If, however, you want to see a product that honor’s George Lucas’ original trilogy, then you should avoid Last Jedi at all costs.

Below are my latest YouTube uploads on the movie, although you can head on over to Conservative Book Club if you want a more traditional review.

NOTE: There are SPOILERS in all of my videos. You have been warned.

Next up is my video titled: “Last Jedi: ‘Milking’ Luke, ‘leaking’ Fozzi Finn not in trailers for a reason.

Finally we have my two-hour live-stream on “sellout critics, spin doctors and more.”

Remember: Star Wars: The Last Jedi apologists say this guy has no agenda…

Rian Johnson Feminist Agenda

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

25 comments

  1. I didn’t like it, either. There were parts of it I enjoyed, but overall, I was extremely disappointed. Rose and Admiral Holdo were both completely unnecessary characters. The Canto Bight subplot was stupid and preachy (I could’ve done without Rose’s self-righteous rant about the Monopoly Men and Women that populated the planet), Luke was a bitter, disgusting old man (a lot of people in the theater I was at groaned in disgust at the scene where he milked that blue creature, myself included) and the way they treated Poe Dameron was terrible. They emasculated him just so they could make Admiral Purple Hair (I couldn’t take her seriously for that reason) look good.

    Another thing I didn’t like was the whole “Kill the Past” line, which seems to be a middle finger to people who grew up watching Star Wars, especially the people who were kids at the time “A New Hope” premiered in 1977 or the people who grew up watching it in the 1980s and 1990s. Rian Johnson (can’t believe he got his own trilogy to direct), Kathleen Kennedy and the people in charge don’t have any respect for tradition at all.

    I hate to say it, but the prequels are starting to look better in hindsight. Oh, and Rey is a Mary Sue. I don’t know how anyone can say otherwise. You expect me to believe that she just “knows” what to do without any training? Sorry, not buying it. In “The Force Awakens,” I cut her some slack because I thought they had a plan. Now that I’ve seen “The Last Jedi,” I know they don’t know what they’re doing. They’re obsessed with destroying heroism, tradition and everything that made Star Wars great.

  2. At least with Wonder Woman, she was trained from birth and was a demigod. She also had actual flaws. With Rey, she doesn’t. She’s superduperawesome because Lucasfilm says so.

    Also, you know things are bad when even one of your lead actors expresses displeasure with the way his character was portrayed in the movie.

  3. For me, the worst scene in the film is when Rose takes Finn’s big heroic moment (sacrificing himself as a martyr to save the people he loves and the cause he’s come to believe in), bashes the very concept of martyrdom as just being “HATE”, then, even injured, gives him YET…ANOTHER….T-SHIRT SLOGAN LEVEL…LECTURE.

    Ugh.

    Parts of the film were decent. About 49% even had promise. But my -gosh-, did the bad scenes ever SUCK.

  4. The original trilogy was a fairy tale for children, the prequels were a clusterfuck, and everything else is bad fan fiction.

    Alec Guinness was right: Star Wars is silly nonsense. The Star Wars fan community should be mocked for their childishness. It’s really sad to see these pathetic losers get so wrapped up in something like this.

    1. You vastly underestimate the power of entertainment to shape culture — particularly the minds of children. Ideologues love nothing more than for people to dismiss $200 million propaganda films as “silly nonsense.”

  5. I love how the troll dismisses Star Wars fans as “losers” and “silly nonsense.” This is a standard SJW response, designed to dismiss legitimate criticism.

    I don’t know if you’ve heard, Doug, but Daisy Ridley called Rey’s critics “sexist:”

    These people really have nothing but contempt for their audience. I’m sure you’ve also heard that Mark Hamill suddenly did a 180 and declare TLJ one of the best Star Wars movies of all time… Hmm, I wonder why he did that.

    1. Hola, Carl! I apologize for the delay.

      Daisy Ridley’s “sexist” line is laughable, but not surprising. “Sexist” is a euphemism in this case for “I don’t have a coherent counter-argument, but I really want you to shut up.” 😉

    2. My thoughts exactly. Deep down, Daisy probably knows that Rey’s critics are right, but she doesn’t have a coherent comeback, so she resorts to the tried-and-true “sexist” response.

      She is also ignorant of the fact that yes, there is a male counterpart to a Mary Sue: it’s called either a Gary Stu or Marty Stu. However, Mary Sue is usually used to describe both male and female characters.

      As for the delay, don’t worry about it. I know you’re more focused on YouTube now and you have things you do off the internet; I’m the same way. In fact, I’ve contemplated starting a YouTube account myself at some point.

  6. Douglas,

    Thanks for your videos and blog. I think there is one key factor that no one has yet touched on that can basically destroy the argument that this was a fresh take on Star Wars and give ‘Little Rian Johnson’ some food for thought the next time he thinks about selling out.

    This movie is canon and therefore, while you can take liberties to an extent with character development etc, you cannot rewrite the laws of that universe. i.e ‘The Force.’

    When Yoda showed up and basically said “Oh those books? Nah Mary Sue has more in her head than that.” I literally laughed out loud. The FA and the rest of the canon was destroyed right there and then. This film was a lame attempt to destroy culture and the male hero archetype, and it failed spectacularly. I’m afraid for Disney, Kathleen Kennedy and co, because its all blown up in their face and time will show this. Tick tock.

    1. “I’m afraid for Disney, Kathleen Kennedy and co, because its all blown up in their face and time will show this. Tick tock.”

      I’m looking forward to seeing how this gigantic editorial blunder affects future installments of the franchse.

      Check out this article when you get a chance. It’s by Forbes: “‘Last Jedi’ Has Set Its First Box Office Record: Biggest Ever Sequel-To-Sequel Plunge”.

  7. Alright – Luke went off kilter. Absolutely true, but for you to say that it is NO WAY POSSIBLE is, frankly, insulting to the one true God, the one true Christ. Luke is an archetype of Christ for sure – So was Joseph, and Moses, and King David. And each of them blew it, even after tremendous victory. In fact, BECAUSE of tremendous victory.

    Luke sees in his nephew the Dark Side rising. And the implications are terrible. Here is not only another potential Vader, but ALSO the evidence that Luke’s training and guidance are not sufficient. That while he wields the Force, he is not THE Force. And it causes him to doubt. And the Dark Side capitalizes on that – To completely turn Ben, and to cripple Luke, the patriarch of the current Jedi Order. Like Moses, Luke is ultimately allowed to see the Promised Land, but cannot enter it. Like David, the man who it is said shared God’s heart, he succumbs to temptation, and his world is rocked.

    I read Rey’s abilities not as her own, but as an outpouring of the Force, which alighted itself on her. After a broken Luke turned away from it, of his own free will, because he was unwilling to believe he wasn’t perfect. And yet, broken Luke is not shown to be praised or even liked, but when he returns…when he gets out of his own way and embraces what he knew to be true before his crisis of faith, he comes back stronger than ever, and also more in tune with The Light than ever. Just like he did in Jedi, Luke wins by putting down his sword.

    It should be noted – In the movies, no Jedi has ever won a lasting victory until they put down their sword, even if only holding it up in defense.

    I get why you were disappointed in Luke – You should be, because he did leave the path – The movie doesn’t hide that. And the movie also doesn’t try to make it anything other than a huge victory when he comes back to his faith. You like CS Lewis, right? He also said this:

    “If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.” Mere Christianity

    This truth is VERY clearly expressed in the film. Every character fails, attempting to do it their way, and alone. Yes, even Holdo. Yes, even Rey. And they succeed when they rejoin the righteous path – For Luke, it was embracing the Force and confronting his failure head on. For Rey, it was taking the ancient Jedi texts and pursuing the truth of The Force, rather than pursuing a fallible man who has yet to come back to the path. Ben? He doubles down, and goes further into the Dark.

    And BTW, “Kill the Past” was a red herring. The movie proves, time and again, that leaving the past behind, not learning from it, trying to forget – That is a path to destruction. And when in the final scene the child raises his broom in defiance of the Dark, inspired by the final act of Luke Skywalker, it’s like an exclamation point – The Light is worth pursuing, and it cannot be defeated by darkness for long.

    That was my take. Star Wars is a cultural touchstone. But Luke is not Christ. And to expect him to be Christ is to disregard the true uniqueness of Christ, and the history of the prophetic narrative as laid out in the Word.

    1. I never said Luke was a perfect metaphor for Christ. In fact, I also likened him to Buddha. Listening comprehension skills are key. Getting it right from the get-go would have saved you a lot of time.

      Food for thought:

    2. Sorry, I meant to post on your blog post about CS Lewis and Star Wars, but i couldn’t find it. And yes, you didn’t say Luke was a perfect metaphor for Christ. My point is simply that you claim Luke is “ruined”, and I’m saying that the same must then hold for Moses, David and Joseph. For instance, where taking the Kingdom from Saul is David’s “Return of the Jedi”, his taking of Bathsheba and betrayal of Uriah, resulting loss of his own son is his “Last Jedi”.

      But thanks for not addressing any of those points, and attempting to belittle my reading comprehension while disregarding the points I did make. I admit I might have come across as more abrasive than I intended, though, so I’ll apologize for that. But I stick to my points – If you’re going to compare Star Wars to biblical stories and CS Lewis’ social commentary and “broader cultural issues”, my suggestion is that Luke is more David, Moses or Joseph than Christ, and in fact his failings (like theirs) point to the need to always strive towards the true capital-G Good.

      And I completely disagree with your take that The Last Jedi says “grey works, everything is meaningless, ‘don’t join'” are solid takeaways. (Your quote I’m referring to: https://youtu.be/c_jv_LwLxaA?t=15m17s) I think it’s saying that those philosophies fail, and it shows those philosophies fail. I expressed why I believe so above.

      Anyway, thanks for your time. I commented here because you claim Christ, as do I. There is a lot I agree with you on. Just not your take on The Last Jedi.

    3. “But thanks for not addressing any of those points, and attempting to belittle my reading comprehension while disregarding the points I did make. I admit I might have come across as more abrasive than I intended, though, so I’ll apologize for that.”

      Yes. Indeed. You did come off as quite abrasive. I only have a limited amount of free time, and I don’t give much of it to people who come off as rhetorically rabid attack dogs out of the gate.

      Regardless, apology accepted.

      It seems that plenty of people (besides Mark “Jake Skywalker” Hamill) agree with me that Luke was creatively destroyed. The title of Forbes’ piece: ‘Last Jedi’ Has Set Its First Box Office Record: Biggest Ever Sequel-To-Sequel Plunge.’

      Ouch. A drop of $788 million is a lot of money. Smooth move Rian Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy.

  8. Mr. Ernst, I think their is something that you have been overlooking. Now this is not to say that I believe that you are wrong, but rather quite the opposite. I think Star Wars and its trilogy of trilogies actually may reinforce some of your world view.

    To do this, first look at the force as a stand in for both religion, but also higher concepts in general that don’t a religious background. A set concept of right and wrong, the Bill of Rights, that sort of thing. Societal beliefs as a hole.

    Obi Wan even screams to Anakin his duty is to democracy.

    Start with the prequels. The Jedi fall, it is barely cared about as people cheer it, and are willing to accept it. Why? Because the Jedi are locked away in a temple and seem to be a monolithic organization that rarely interacts with people as a whole. They even forbid close contact and attachment.

    Perhaps symbolic of the dangers of such ideas being sent down with out societal connections.

    Then comes the original trilogy. On when you have the Empire, who despite being essentially ruled by to sith, have very little if any faith in the force. A look at what can happen when you let desire for power and order over ride basic ideas of right and wrong, they don’t even have intellectual honesty to move the Empire away from the Emperor.

    Conversely, until Luke shows up, there is nothing even close to a Jedi in the Rebellion. Even Luke isn’t a Jedi until the end of the series. However, they constantly say “May the Force be with you.”

    Luke (like Obi-Wan before him, but more so) is an atypical Jedi. We see him first trying to train alone, then going to Yoda. Once there, he questions, and breaks the number one rule. Luke has deep personal connections.

    This can easily be viewed as taking larger concepts and making them more connected to the individual. That is not only important in the real world of faith in anything, but every Jedi we follow (Luke, Obi Wan, Anakin, Qui Gon) all keep core concepts, and monkey around with the stricter codes. The are also the truest believers, since they focus on the core concepts.

    You could also draw also draw connections to Luke being the oldest, and the most devout believer in the Force, and Born Again Christians often being more devout than those who have religion their whole life.

    It is important to note here that George Lucas considers himself a Buddhist Methodist. Clearly showing a spirituality formed through thought. He is also a lefty, but pushes the ideas with things like giving to charities (most actually non-artisan) and by embracing themes.

    It is more in the vein that he uses his religious views and political beliefs to more often do draw inspiration to do what people who are not religious or on the other side of the aisle may also do, but have a different source to draw from.

    No I am not claiming that the Right Wing is devoid of charitable acts, I am simply saying his political (and religious views) may be where HE gets that inspiration from.

    Now fast forward to the new trilogy. Every thing is broken. A new Empire seems to have not only showed up in a republic, but abducted people into their ranks. And built a death star. Their new Republic crumbles in thirty years, and that isn’t even subtracting how long it would take to actually finish off the Empire..

    The Empire transformed the resources of the original republic. And that was after several years of war had ramped up their military might. It took them 20 years to actually kill the last bits of a republic (it is mentioned as just happening in the first film).

    Meanwhile, Leia is out in the middle of nowhere, and a rebellion…or something similar already necessary for what was at the time a solely adversarial group,. The First Order conquered that much territory. The old ways are already there.

    The Jedi, the Force, seemingly gone. We are also looking at a society at the end of a decay cycle. The first Order and new rebellion have given what the New Republic couldn’t… something to believe in. The FIrst Order takes advantage of it with something gross, but they give it. A good lesson.

    As for the actual writing. I think Abrams had a bit of fanitis when writing Rey, remembering only the cool of Luke, and not the road.

    However, as for the heavy handed messages, in Last Jedi, and many of the other problems like Luke abandoning the Force, well I think that can be explained with the same family of idea.

    The term Generation X (people born 1961-1980) was coined by the book Generation X: Tales of an Accelerated Culture. The author of whom is often considered the definitive writer of his generation’s experience.

    One of his many books was Life After God, which was an examination bout how Gen X was the first generation raised without religion in such large numbers. It examines how thy sought meaning. There is a wide variety, one is pop culture.

    A year or so later, he did some work for WIRE, by going in deep and talking to people at Microsoft, and its young Gen X employees. He wrote about Bill Gates (ironically Catholic) had taken an almost a God like place in their minds.

    Gen X were the first to really push PC culture, and to me raised on media in large numbers. In fact, most complaints about kids these days were lobbed at them first.

    Gen X was also the first generation to experience Star Wars, they were the ones who made it a world wide event. I even remember a fan saying that it became like an American religion, that could encompass all Americans with its lessons, when Episode I came out.

    However political bends and and extreme social views have taken the place of more traditional beliefs that a society at large usually ascribes to.

    So in a way, these new films did what Lucas did, it is just connecting THEIR beliefs and creating a personal marriage between their religion and beliefs. Accept, it isn’t a Judaeo-Christian do unto others, compact evil, and Buddhist belief, but a moral and cultural relativistic out look. The latter of which many of them may have been raised in, in a similar fashion to “do unto others.”

    Just a theory, hope it was worth the length. I got into a whole thing.

    1. Just a note: Moral relativism has always, ALWAYS been a part of Star Wars – Which, I guess, is why I find the current frustrations with TLJ so strange. Obi-Wan Kenobi espoused “A certain point of view”, and justified his lies of omission about Darth Vader’s origins to Luke. In episode 3, in the big confrontation between noble knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and fallen Sith Darth Vader, Obi-Wan says, and this should rattle many a Christian, that “Only the Sith deal in absolutes”. Not only is that statement self defeating (An absolute statement about the lack of absolutes being righteous) but it essentially espouses moral relativism in as succinct a way possible.

      Which speaks to my points above – If there is a moral problem with Star Wars now that seeks to hold the older films up as examples of solid moral narrative, while dismissing the issues that have always been there regarding moral relativism, the arguments against TLJ are flawed from the start.

      Which may be why I’m not “betrayed” by TLJ. I’ve already dealt with my issues with the series, and don’t hold any Star Wars up as morally redeemable on the whole, especially not without very strong caveats. And in light of those caveats, I find plenty to like about TLJ, while being able to dismiss what I’ve already written off.

      So, it is very likely that those who hold that TLJ is a betrayal of “their” Star Wars should honestly and critically look back on the older films as a whole and recognize that they have always had issues with absolutes, flawed characters, and dubious motivations.

  9. Happy New Year. It has been awhile since I checked in on your blog and I am glad to see it is going strong.
    I think your review is the final review that has convinced me not to waste my money seeing Star Wars in the theater. It sounds like it is 2.5 hours of SJW propaganda. I had hoped that when Disney bought out Lucas that Disney would tighten up the Star Wars Universe like Disney did with the MCU. I believe that one of Disney’s reasons for purchasing Lucas Films was so that Disney could have a boy (male) friendly property to compete with their Disney princesses. That seems to have only lasted for about 3 years. Now Disney and Star Wars is all about the female Star Wars characters they have even developed a show about it, SW Forces of Destiny.
    I think this movie will be the start of Star Wars moving from the mainstream audience and into a niche audience. My non-geek wife has noticed in her social media life that no one is talking about this movie. There was chatter when the movie opened but none after that. She saw a lot more chatter after the The Force Awakens and people were talking about going back to see that movie. No one is talking about going back to see the Last Jedi.
    I hope that Disney does not make the MCU follow the Star Wars SJW model. I didn’t comment on your Thor:Ragnarok review but that was a weak movie. As a comic fan, it is great to see the images on the big screen, but the tone of that film was off. I don’t mind humor in the Guardians movie because that is their tone and I was entertained by those two films, Thor should be a different kind of movie.
    I am looking forward to the Black Panther and the Punisher was very entertaining on Netflix. Besides Cap:Winter Soldier, the Marvel Netflix shows are the best things in the MCU.

    1. “Happy New Year. It has been awhile since I checked in on your blog and I am glad to see it is going strong.”

      Happy New Year, Scot! Thanks for stopping in. I wish I had more time to write original content on the blog, but I’ve been spending most of my free time working on YouTube. I try to cross-post here at least once per week as a way to let people know that I haven’t forgotten about the blog. I just don’t have the time and energy to write blog posts like I used to, although that may change.

      Regarding Thor: Ragnarok, I think Marvel Studios (and its competitors) learned all the wrong lessons from Guardians of the Galaxy and Fox’s (now Disney’s) Deadpool. The Russo brothers will probably do a fine job with Avengers: Infinity War, but I think other directors/writers weirdly think that inserting irreverent jokes into the mix after every dramatic moment is a good idea. It’s not. They’re doing a lot of damage to the “superhero genre” brand by turning everything into a yuk-fest.

      This video is spot-on. I love it:

  10. J.J. Abrams and the writing team have a big challenge. I don’t think Abrams is a Steve Wacker type; I think he pays some attention to customer dissatisfaction, as long as there’s a consensus. So I expect IX to address some of the sorest spots. But they also have to write a script that was intended to be Leia’s farewell, but now with no Carrie Fisher!

    I think the continuing maturation of Damron — from hot-shot, wise-guy pilot to leader — is a good arc. Finn turning from a frightened ex-slave with cowardice issues (honestly, that’s what he was) to an actual Big Deal can be interesting. Rey really discovering her family identity, and putting Kylo down, is the third string. (I’m hoping that Kylo was lying about her parents being drunk nobodies).

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