I don’t believe that Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Disney, 12.15) is going to be the Empire Strikes Back of the current trilogy, as some have suggested or hoped for. I am so persuaded because that 1980 classic was essentially a film noir dressed up in Star Wars mythology and effects, and the creatives behind this forthcoming Disney release are, I strongly suspect, unwilling to create a middle chapter that will steer the narrative into a downish noirish direction that will things hanging. I just don’t see it happening.

I do, however, see myself crumbling under the atmosphere of sameness and repetition, of being fed the same-old, same-old for the umpteenth time. How many decades have we all been listening to dialogue about the dark side vs. the Force by way of first-run releases, Blurays, DVDs and whatnot? The answer is four. 40 years of hammering home that same either/or equation, over and over and over.

Will it wow the crowd? Yeah, most likely. It’s supposed to be a good script. Rian Johnson, Kathy Kennedy and the financing Disney execs know what they’re doing. They just don’t seem interested in a Hollywood Elsewhere-styled Star Wars film, is all. Not the end of the world. I’ll survive and so will everyone else.