As it is with the release of any new Star Wars film, there’s always lots to unpack. For The Force Awakens, many fans pointed to a frustratingly large amount of unanswered questions. Rogue One took a good deal of heat for its CGI renderings of Peter Cushing and a young Carrie Fisher, and together, there’s been plenty to discuss in the wake of both releases. That all leads us to the next installment due to hit theaters in December, Episode VIII. In terms of what we’d want to see, it’s not hard to suss out the top priorities, so let’s jump in and discuss.
1. A tone to match The Empire Strikes Back
Part of what made The Empire Strikes Back the consummate sequel was its grim tone and fearless storytelling. Even after the decidedly bright A New Hope, it was unafraid to show us just what our heroes were up against, and how vulnerable they truly were. That being so, it’s also important to keep that approach balanced. Hollywood’s doubled down its “dark and gritty” fixation in recent years, and we saw the worst case scenario for that earlier in 2016, with the joyless slog that was DC’s Batman v Superman. Yes, it will be important for Episode VIII to establish an Empire-esque feel, but it’ll but equally useful to remember that all great things come in moderation.